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Title: Issues and Dimensions of Sustainability
Contributor(s): Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid ; Littledyke, Michael  (author); Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: As outlined in Chapter 1, sustainability comprises interlinked environmental, societal, political and economic dimensions (see also UNESCO, 2010). What is happening in relation to any one dimension will affect, and be affected by, what is happening in all the other dimensions. For example, a local water shortage (environmental dimension) could lead to loss of income for people relying on that source (economic dimension), demographic changes if people move out of the area (social dimension) and conflict between different water users (political dimension). This is not a hypothetical example. Situations such as this have occurred in some parts of Australia; for example, in the Murray-Darling Basin, and analogous problems continue to occur across the globe. Hence, the sustainability of our future is enhanced by actions that jointly conserve our natural environment, build social systems that are peaceful and concerned with equality and human rights, and implement democratic political arrangements and appropriate economic development that takes into account the constraints and limits of our planet.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools: Teaching for the Future, p. 15-31
Publisher: Sense Publishers
Place of Publication: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789463000451
Field of Research (FOR): 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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