Mapping of Environmental Studies and Framing of Environmental Education

Research Project , Research Report 2002

Takashi MINO Institute of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
Masahiko ISOBE Institute of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
Yukio YANAGISAWA Institute of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
Eiji YAMAJI Institute of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
Souhei SHIMADA Institute of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo(Research Partners)
Roger BAUD Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology-Zurich, Switzerland
Claude FRIEDLI Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology-Lausanne, Switzerland
Jeffery STEINFELD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Amanda GRAHAM Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Abstract

The alliance for global sustainability (AGS) hosted the first Youth Environmental Summit (YES) in Switzerland in August 2000 for the first time. This was designed as a multidisciplinary experiment to develop solutions to environmental challenges by introducing future generations of the world leadership to critical environmental issues faced by developing and developed countries. The program implemented at YES can be a model of environmental education program. At the same time, AGS itself is implementing many studies on environment and sustainability. In the present research project, we have tried to summarize the program at YES as well as components of sustainability research at AGS so that we can develop an overview (a mind map) of complex sustainability issues for future use in education for sustainable development.

Keywords:

Environmental education, education for sustainable development (ESD), youth environmental summit (YES)