Education: A key-enabler in Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production


Working Group discussing Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”

The concept of sustainable consumption and production has been recognized in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation adopted in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Since then, many global, regional, and sub-regional meetings have acknowledged that sustainable consumption and production can contribute to objectives and requirements for sustainable development, together with poverty eradication and effective use of management of natural resources to accelerate economic and social development. Education  can play an essential role in producing a pool of critical citizens, who are well equipped to analyse and select  from among the pile of information provided by the media/other sources aimed at encouraging them to  consume, and who can implement certain criteria to allow them to make consumption choices that  are more environmentally and socially responsible. There is a disconnect between behaviour and technological advancement, which could be addressed through education. Keeping the above in mind, the workshop will focus on reflecting the cause-effect relationship between consumption and production and between consumption and the environment with a continuous focus on need and ways for translating such relationships to relevant stakeholders through education.  It will deliberate on certain key concepts of SCP, critical analysis of the impacts, share goals and activities of existing SCP initiatives, and way towards putting new attitudes and behaviour through education.  Topics like efficient use of natural resources, achieving environmentally sound management of chemicals and all waste through their life cycle, integration of sustainable production/ practices in companies, assessment of scientific and technological capacities to move towards Sustainable patterns of consumption and Production and sustainable tourism will be discussed in the working group.

This workshop had stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP), including government representatives, entrepreneurs/SMEs, industries, civil society, academia, researchers, private sectors and international organizations.

CEE Focal Point: Reema Banerjee

reema.banerjee@ceeindia.org


Workshop Sessions

Date & Time Session Title

11 Jan 2015

Session I
14:30 - 15:00 Hrs

Introductions and Welcome Remarks (05 min)

Introduction towards Educational for SCP
Mari Nishimura, Associate Programme Management Officer, UNEP
Dr. Shyamala Mani,
Professor, NIUA
Dr. Vijay Reddy, Deputy Head of Department of the Marketing, Enterprise and Tourism, Lord Ascroft Business School, UK

15:00-16:00 Hrs

Sustainable Consumption and Production: Guiding/Learning Exercise: (40 min)
what are the critical conditions that facilitate ability of disadvantaged and disenfranchised to secure their livelihood or what are the conditions that secure decoupling of resource consumption and wealth? what is the role of learning in creating necessary conditions for SCP: Facilitated by Prof Petry, RCE Saskatchewan

Educational/capacity building efforts and policy decision that could be promoted for embedding SCP education in Higher education system: Dr Shaleen Singhal, TERI (20 Min)

Session II
17:00 - 18:00 Hrs.
(1 Hr.)

Skill Development and Transfer of Knowledge

Dr. Lakshmi Raghupathy, Visitng Faculty, TERI University, New Delhi
Dr. Shyamala Mani, Professor, NIUA

Mr Rajat Batra, CEO, STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society

Dr Malini Balakrishnan, Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) 

 Jan 12, 2015

Session III (2 Hrs)

11:15- 11:55 hrs

Review of Existing and Proposed SCP Initiatives

Dr Shaleen Singhal: TERI/SWITCH ASIA
SACEP : Over Skype
UNU-IAS: If Prof Petry can share the observation on behalf of UNU-IAS

Sarojini Kaul, Project Manager, Cooperation, EU Delegation to India

W.K. Pathnadeera, Senior Programme Officer, SACEP

Dr. Roger Petry, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan, Luther College at the University of Regina

Dr. Lakshmi Raghupathy, Former Director, MoEF & CC and Visitng Faculty, TERI University, New Delhi

Mrinal Mathur, Madras School of Economics

Rajan Gandhi, CEO, Society in Action Group

Chinmai Hemani, Climate Change & Sustainability Consultant

Dr. Christa Henze, Researcher and lecturer on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Faculty of Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Nimesh Ved, Freelancer

 

 11:55 – 13:15 hrs

Review of Existing and Proposed SCP Initiatives with focus on education and capacity building initiatives taken

One step Back, two steps forward: A Case study of Gurukulam (Vimukati Vishwa Vidayalay) - an alternative educational system promoting principles of sustainability and consumption choices through virtue promotion: Ms. Chinmai Hemani (15 min)
Education for Urban local bodies on waste management: ICLEI (15 min)
ESD and its Role for strengthening Sustainable Nutrition: Dr. Christa Henze  (15 min)
Exploring today, for a more sustainable tomorrow: Nimesh Ved (15 min)

Open Forum:
Chair remarks:

 

Session IV
14:30  - 16:00 Hrs.

(1.5 Hrs.)

Education for SCP

Dr Sanjeevan Bajaj, FICCI Quality Forum (20)

Mr Rajan Gandhi, CEO Society in  Action Group (20)

George Cheriyan, Director, CUTS International

Dr. Shaleen Singhal, Head of the Department of Policy Studies, TERI University

 

 Jan 13, 2015

Session V
09:45- 10:45 Hrs.

(1 Hr.)

Opportunities

Nari Nishimura, Associate Programme Management Officer, UNEP
Rajan Gandhi, CEO, Society in Action Group
Dr. Christa Henze, Researcher and lecturer on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Faculty of Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen
George Cheriyan, Director, CUTS International
Dr. Roger Auguste Petry, Associate professor of Philosophy and Co-ordinator, RCE Saskatchewan, Luther College at the University of Regina
Dr. Sanjeevan Bajaj, CEO, FICCI, Quality Forum

Session VI
11:15- 13:15 Hrs.
(2 Hrs.)

Formulating Recommendations

 

Valedictory and Vote of Thanks