Green economies, green values: Story for the times

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Abstract

The changing nature of the world of work characterised by a gradual shift in requirements towards non-routine skills can only be developed within a particular context and should be based on a particular worldview. For example, problem-solving and ideation can be applied to the development of a new technology such as the efficient cutting of wood or for the development of a new technology that will reduce carbon emissions. The difference in application depends on the way the world is understood and the individual’s role in it.
Currently, at the international level, a desirable worldview is conceptualised by 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that prioritise future-oriented developments and bring together the environmental, social and economic aspects of people’s lives. The realisation of many of these goals depends on green economic restructuring that aims to attain low carbon developments. Discussions about economic development are often associated with identifying the skills needed for such development – an anthropocentric view. In order to realise a green economy agenda, however, means acknowledging the importance of values as well as skills. The chapter examines the types of values that should be explicitly addressed through education to enable the development of green economies. It considers the role of skills in relation to values among other moderating factors that provide the conditions for transforming values into actions/behaviour. Copyright © 2023 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy, Margarita Pavlova and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoft skills and hard values: Meeting education's 21st century challenges
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, Margarita PAVLOVA, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationOxon; New York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages19-36
ISBN (Electronic)9781003219415
ISBN (Print)9781032113364
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Citation

Pavlova, M. (2022). Green economies, green values: Story for the times. In K. J. Kennedy, M. Pavlova, & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Soft skills and hard values: Meeting education's 21st century challenges (pp. 19-36). Oxon; New York: Routledge.

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