Environmental education towards Sustainable Development (EESD) is a necessity. Several European and international official texts recognize it from a long time and encourage l member countries to take action.
The very recent United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in 2015 (25-27 / 9/2015) further states this in its Objective 4, on Education: “By 2030, ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development “.
More than 150 actors, associations and institutions involved in EESD, from different countries participated in drafting the Manifesto “Educating for the Environment and Sustainable Development”. They start from the observation that the commitments taken by the gouvernments are still too few visible on the ground and collected in this manifesto, 20 proposals for an ambitious EESD in Europe.
Indeed, while the challenges are growing and becoming more complex, EESD requires more than ever the implementation of voluntary and consistent policies at the EU level.
This document is intended to be distributed in all countries to Europe,in particular to european deputees, to the European Commission, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
It has been presented at the Pan-European Days of environmental education towards sustainable development, 1st and 2nd October 2015 in Barcelona.