and awareness, and (4) provide training for all sectors of society including business,industry, and governmentAll sustainable development programs must take into consideration the localenvironmental, economic, and societal conditions. As a result, ESD will take many formsaround the world. Because each place has unique local environmental, social, andeconomic conditions and issues, ESD must be created locally rather than imported.One innovative approach is the “strengths model”. In this approach, every discipline andevery teacher can contribute to sustainability education.Many topics inherent in ESD are already part of the formal education curriculum. Toimplement the strengths model, begin by ensuring that educators and administratorsunderstand the concept of sustainability and are familiar with its principles.Once they understand the concept of sustainability, educators from each discipline canexamine the curriculum and school activities for existing contributions to ESD.
Mathematics helps students understand extremely small numbers (e.g., parts perhundred, thousand, or million), which allows them to interpret pollution data.
Language Arts, especially media literacy, creates knowledgeable consumers who cananalyse the messages of corporate advertisers and see beyond “green wash”.
History teaches the concept of global change, while helping students to recognize thatchange has occurred for centuries.
Reading develops the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion and helps studentsbecome critical readers of political campaign literature.
Social Studies help students understand ethnocentrism, racism, and gender inequity as well as to recognize how these are expressed in the surrounding community and nations worldwide.
Education about sustainable development vs. education for sustainabledevelopment
The difference between education about sustainable development and education forsustainable development is an important distinction. The former is an awareness lesson ortheoretical discussion. The latter is the use of education as a tool to achieve moresustainable futures.Reorienting teacher education involves transforming institutional programs, practices, andpolicies. Institutions involved in reorienting teacher education to address sustainability