Education for Sustainable Lifestyles (ESL)

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ESL promotes understanding of the complex relations between lifestyles and sustainability, involves reflecting on one’s priorities (material and non-material) in life, and attempts to motivate social change leading to sustainable development, peace and justice for all.

As awareness has grown of the interrelatedness of consumption and other pressing issues such as non-communicable diseases, social unrest, personal debt, etc., the concept of education for sustainable consumption has evolved, broadened and is most often now referred to as education for sustainable lifestyles (ESL). Thus, education for sustainable lifestyles is an element of ESD and builds on ESC.