Education for sustainability aims to help learners take personal responsibility for the consequences of their own decisions and behaviors and at the same time, develop an understanding of the broader responsibility each of us has to promote the creation of a safe and just space for all forever. While each of us has universal human rights, we also have universal human responsibilities. Those responsibilities include the expectation we each treat other humans with respect and dignity, refrain from taking what was not freely given (including not taking from future generations), and a responsibility to avoid harming the natural systems upon which humans and other species depend for their survival. This simply means treating others the way you want to be treated.

Universal responsibility is not simply a matter of refraining from doing harm. It also involves active and collaborative engagement to find positive solutions to sustainability related challenges. Direct engagement with sustainability related issues, can provide learners opportunities to develop a sense of agency, efficacy and hopefulness. Education for sustainability that involves inquiry bases practices can help learners clarify their own roles and responsibilities with respect to sustainability related issues, and then develop efficacy and agency to act on those responsibilities.

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