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Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC)

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Education for Sustainable Consumption is a subset of, and contributes to, Education for Sustainable Development.

“Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) aims at providing knowledge, values and skills to enable individuals and social groups to become actors of change towards more sustainable ways of living. The objective is to ensure that the basic needs of the global community are met, quality of life for all is improved, inefficient use of resources and environmental degradation are avoided.

ESC is therefore about providing citizens with the appropriate information and knowledge on the environmental and social impacts of their daily choices, as well as workable solutions and alternatives. ESC integrates fundamental rights and freedoms including consumers’ rights, and aims at empowering citizens for them to participate in the public debate and economy in an informed and ethical way.”

The basic learning outcomes of ESC can be defined as attitudes, knowledge, skills and behavior leading to:

  • Critical awareness
  • Ecological responsibility
  • Social responsibility
  • Action and involvement
  • Global solidarity.