See the vision for education for sustainable development at Western Washington University
Why Change Happens
The only reason changes happen is because of people.
People who discover they're creative and caring.
People who know others like them, creative and caring.
People who learn to trust themselves and everyone else.
People who know that dreams only manifest when shared.
People who pour time and love into creating the places where even more people,
no matter how oppressed or beaten down,
no matter how beaten down,
will step forward and
confidently, predictably, miraculously
discover their true human spirits.
Are you Zapatista?
- Walk Out Walk On, 2010, page 48.
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Schooling
1. Nature is Our Teacher
2. Sustainability is a Community Practice
3. The Real World is the Optimal Learning Environment
4. Sustainable Living is Rooted in a Deep Knowledge of Place
- Smart by Nature, 2009, page 8.
HOW TO TRANSFORM A DREAM INTO REALITY
1. Learn how to see abundance where most see
2. Create affection before fear and judgment.
3. Value dreams and consider them the best way of working for material change.
4. Walk together, taking care of ourselves, of each other and of a common dream all at the same time.
5. Guarantee results that are extraordinary and are given as a gift to oneself and to others.
6. Recognize and celebrate the contribution of each in the collective achievement.
- Warriors Without Weapons
Please visit our Resources link for a wide range of teaching and research resources for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Address environmental issues and risks and sustainability questions
Promote human rights and equity
Promote peace and human security
Address health risks and HIV/AIDS
Conserve water, energy and other natural resources
Create spaces for learning in all walks of life
Promote quality and relevant education
Environmental and Sustainability Education Specialty Area Endorsement
Western Washington University has been authorized by the state of Washington to offer a specialty area endorsement in Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE), one of the first of its kind in the nation, for credentialed PK-12 teachers.
Lauren G. McClanahan, Ph.D.
Mitchell Jancic, Ph.D.
Victor Nolet Ph.D