The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave noone behind, it is important that we achieve each goal and target by 2030.
A central aspect in the context of education for sustainable consumption and production is the understanding of priorities for sustainability. Which dimension is the most important in professional processes of planning, deciding, acting and evaluating?
Over the past two decades, there has been a vigorous debate over the precise nature of the relationship between the environment and the economy. But it has become clear that economic prosperity and employment depend in fundamental ways on a stable climate and healthy ecosystems. The paper of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that both the environmental and the socio-economic challenges are urgent and that they are intimately linked. They can and must be addressed together. Employment that contributes to protecting the environment and reducing humanity’s heavy environmental footprint offers people a tangible stake in a green economy. The pursuit of so-called green jobs will be a key economic driver as the world steps into the still relatively uncharted territory of building a low-carbon global economy.
“Climate-proofing” the economy will involve large-scale investments in new technologies, equipment, buildings and infrastructure, which will provide a major stimulus for much needed new employment and an opportunity for protecting and transforming existing jobs. (ILO, 2014, p. 2f)
The ProfESus-Teacher-Training Concept is based on the “Onion-Modell” of Shepherd Urenje and Wolfgang Brunner, Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, Visby. At the very minimum the environment must be the most important aspect to consider so that future generations are able to live on earth.
So sustainability is the basement of the ProfESus-teacher-training as well as for today’s leading global framework for international cooperation – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.