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Sustainability Frontiers
Type: NGO
Geographical coverage: International
Country: Japan
Language: English
Cost: unspecified
Sustainability Frontiers is an international alliance of sustainability and global educators seeking transformation of the human condition through repaired and restored earth connection. We are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and to human society globally. We call for education that questions and offers alternatives to dominant assumptions and current orthodoxies such as the myth of unending progress built on economic growth, human separateness from nature, and reliance on policy, technical and market solutions to global problems.

Members of the alliance are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that works fluently across social, psychological and spiritual levels of experience as it addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and human society globally. Members embrace the intrinsic value and right to exist of the other-than-human and of natural environments, and recognize that the pursuance and advocacy of a planetary ethic of environmental and social justice needs to be grounded in, as well as restorative and celebratory of, local and indigenous communities and cultures.

Sustainability education with the potential to truly sustain must be whole-person, whole planet education that is locally and deeply experienced as it engages the rich, but oftentimes dormant, reservoir of potentials in the learner. As such, it necessarily embraces themes, concepts and insights from educational fields marginalized or left untouched by mainstream sustainability education, such as education for peace, holistic health education, humane education and indigenous education.

Belonging to a deliberately small group of academic educators, each with a strong practitioner history, members of Sustainability Frontiers have agreed to collaborate in different combinations as they undertake local, national and international projects, consultancies and initiatives at the leading edge of sustainability education, often in partnership with other organizations.

Seven key interconnected themes are currently being addressed by the alliance, more than one theme being taken up in any particular project or initiative, the range of themes being subject to periodic review:

Climate Change Education
Emergency Education
The Education for Sustainability/Education for All Interface
Widening the Scope of Sustainability Education
Bio-centric Education
Bio-regional Education
A Multi-dimensional Epistemology for Sustainability Education