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AWER Procedia Advences in Applied Sciences Vol 1 (2013) 1042-1045 1 st Global Conference on Enrivonmental Studies 2013 Importance of Environmental Education to Achievement of Sustainable Development Sibel Erkal *, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara 06800, Turkey. Nihan Gürsoy , Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara 06800, Turkey. Suggested Citation: Erkal, S. & Gürsoy , N. Importance of Environmental Education to Achievement of Sustainable Development. AWERProcedia Advances in Applied Sciences . [Online]. 2013, 1, pp 1042-1045. Available from: . Proceedings of Gobal Conference on Environmental Studies (CENVISU-2013), 24-27 April 2013, Zeynep Sentito Hotel, Belek Antalya, Turkey. Received December 02, 2012; revised January 30, 2013; accepted March 24, 2013. Selection and peer review under responsibility of Dr. Nehir Varol. ©2013 Academic World Education & Research Center. All rights reserved. Abstract In recent years there has been a growing consensus that environmental education should be orientated around the idea of “sustainable development”. Sus tainable development refers to the conservation, protection and regeneration of resources over an indefinite period of time. Central to sustainability is the idea that today decisions affect the future of human health and well-being, the environment and the economy. The concept of sustainable development was defined in 1987 by the brundtland commission as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Without environmental sustainability it is impossible to achieve sustainable development. Environmental education should provide experiences ofproblem-solving, decision-making and participation, with considerations based on ecological, political, economic, social, aesthetic and ethical aspects. Pressing global realities demand that we foster through education - the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future. The purpose of this article is to explore the importance of education for the achievement of sustainable development. Keywords: Sustainable Development, Environment, Environmental Education. *ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDANCE: Sibel Erkal , Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara 06800, Turkey, E-mail address: [email protected]
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Erkal, S. & Gürsoy, N. Importance of Environmental Education to Achievement of Sustainable Development. AWERProcedia Advances in Applied Sciences. AWERProcedia Advances in Applied Sciences . [Online]. 2013, 1, pp 1042-1045. Available from: 1043 1. Introduction In the present, the growing threat on the sustainability of natural resources and ecosystems on earth makes it necessary to deal with the environmental education process with a new point of view (1).
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