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Quinn Sonya & Gaughran William (2007). « Cultivating a Sustainability Culture in Irish Second Level Schools ». In American Society for Engineering Education.ASEE Annual Conference, Honolulu, 24—27 juin 2007. En ligne : < ... /paper-view.cfm?id=5190>. 
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Resource type: Proceedings Article
BibTeX citation key: Quinn2007
Categories: General
Keywords: EEDD, Irlande
Creators: Gaughran, Quinn
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education (Honolulu)
Collection: ASEE Annual Conference
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URLs     http://soa.asee.or ... r-view.cfm?id=5190
The paper presents the findings of a research survey given to students and teachers to assess their current understanding of environmental problems (their ecoliteracy),
environmental attitudes and to present the resulting strategies to create a culture of sustainability.State funded institutions, such as secondary schools should take the lead in this effort. At the moment the Republic of Ireland, with a population of 4 million, has over 360,000 people in the secondary school system, just
over 340,000 of which are students. We simply cannot make real progress towards a sustainability culture unless we teach our young people, our future engineers,
scientists and leaders, about the impact they are having on the Earth. While a small group of “green flag” (eco-efficient) schools have applied waste separation and
recycling schemes, little is know about the environmental impact of schools which are seen to use high levels of energy and other consumables.
Ireland is one of the countries in the world, with a high ecological footprint, and at 5.4 gha (global hectares per capita) it far exceeds the worldwide average of 2.3 gha.
When one considers that the fair Earth share is less than 1.9 gha, it is obvious that we are using much more of the available resources and space than we should, as is the case with most developed countries, we are seriously overusing Earths finite resources. There is an opportunity in education, and in particular engineering and technology education, to promote a culture of sustainability. Currently there is great room for improvement and indeed a moral obligation on us all, to reduce our current impact on the environment. In the words of Vicomte de Chateaubriand, a French diplomat and writer “Forests precede civilization, deserts follow them".
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