5 Local routes to action

Education for living sustainably is a practical vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. Central to devising a syllabus is the concept of cultural ecology as an essential underlying theme. Cultural ecology emphasises the importance of encouraging connections between people, ecology and place.

It has been acknowledged that there is no “single route” to sustainable development. There are many different stakeholders (i.e., governments, businesses, educational institutions, media, youth, etc). Each of these sectors has a different vision of sustainable development and how it can promote routes to action and bring people together with nature in projects to manage their interactions with the local environment. Some stakeholders are interested in environmental preservation and protection, some have economic development interests while others may be more interested in social development. In addition, how each nation, cultural group and individual views sustainable development will depend on its own values. However, central to local action is a community action cycle which links supporting agencies neighbourhood groups and individuals.