2 Cross-subject framework

The way people manage their demands on nature depends on their culturally defined value and belief systems. Education in planning for sustainability is needed to enable people to develop the values, knowledge, and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things, individually and collectively, locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for future generations. As an ongoing behaviour change it will need that kind of heroic effort in which all types of people join forces for the common good.

The long term consequences of political, industrial and biological management and development of the environment can only be understood within a knowledge system that integrates, ecology, economics, the social sciences and technology. It should connect government and business with families and individuals. As a new subject it should be structured in order to:

· recognise the multi-disciplinary nature of economic development has a long-term perspective
· improve the effective balance between knowledge about conserving and using resources;
· emphasise informed public participation in decision-making;
· promote the equitable sharing of resources and reduce the risk for conflicts;
· foster respect for cultural, social and biological diversity

These are the five educational imperatives recognised by the UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Programme (UCEP) as keystones in the promotion of global education for environment and sustainable development.