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As sustainable development is one of the biggest challenges for the future then education for sustainable development (ESD) must be one of the biggest challenges for educators all over the world. Here you can find inspiration of different forms and methods to support the development of vital action competence.


Teaching materials

Learning sustainable ways

What is Education for Sustainable Development? In Learning Sustainable Ways WWF Sweden shares its view on this important challenge. The booklet is available in several languages and adapted to the contexts of different countries.

 Learning Sustainable Ways


Sustainable development and learning

This is a booklet of inspiration for teachers at higher education, which was developed as part of WWF Swedens engagement for ESD at university level. The booklet turns to all staff at Universities and institutions for higher education and shares examples of Swedish experiences.

Sustainable Development and Learning



Methodologies for the future

Methodologies for the future - a guide to develop education for sustainable development, is a new ESD handbook for teachers and other facilitators. ESD stands for Education for Sustainable Development and the teaching material contains a lot of methods.

Methodologies for the future

Resource 10 - a water poster




Acting toward a One Planet Future (multi-media tool for higher education)

Acting toward a One planet future - challenges & solutions - an interdisciplinary multi-media till for education/learning for sustainable development.
The slide show is based on WWF's goal to reduce the ecological footprint and increase biodiversity. An increased action competence is the focus. The slide show includes in addition to pictures and movies a manual with facts, critical questions and reflective exercises and training guidelines. The teacher can post their own thematic profiles and material's flexibility allows it to be used in many types of trainings, courses, and seminars in all kinds of institutions.

One Planet Future


The development from being a green-school to become an ESD-school

This is a document about outdoor activities in relation to the work indoors. A whole school approach towards ESD requires that the development of the ‘outer’ activities in the school yard also turns into a development of more ‘inner’ school processes.

The development from being a green-school to become an ESD-school



We all want to see the world develop in a desirable and sustainable way. Many people need to improve their standard of living. The distribution of resources between people must be changed. It is also necessary to adapt our

consumption patterns to match the carrying capacity of nature.

We all want to make a good living. If we are able to provide

services and products that are needed in the market this will

enable us support a healthy and secure lifestyle. This can also be a good way of contributing to an eco-friendly and sustainable development of the local community. A small-scale business initiative can be a tool to provide desirable development of local society.


We have developed a "Handbook in Entrepreneurship - how to start an eco-friendly small-scale business". The handbook focuses upon students in formal and non-formal education, but since it builds upon a methodology for the development of small-scale business in the local community it can also be used for groups of adults.

Handbook in Entrepreneurship


Local Relevant Themes LORET

One of the important tasks that face Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is to connect schoolwork with reality. If education is to support development it must be based upon the society we are all a part of. Key issues for development must be identified.

This manual is an attempt to support the development of a plan that addresses local key development issues in a holistic way.

The new model integrates issues of sustainable development into subject teaching and connects this teaching to non-formal education that targets key developmental issues in the local community and at the same time satisfies the demands of the national curricula. We call this model Locally Relevant Themes: LORET.

 Handbook in Local relevant Theme


Nature´s Services

Nature´s Services is a new handbook for primary schools how to address ecosystem services for youths. Ecosystem services purify air and water, mitigate flooding, help with water and food, and protect biodiversity. They also reduce noise, improve people’s physical and mental well-being, regulate the local climate, absorb carbon and provide renewable energy. It can be downloaded here









Our City 2030

The project focuses on climate and energy work in the local municipality. The approach challenges and motivates students to become involved in community development.














Action Plan to develop an ESD school

This actionplan is a tool for planning ESD activities (Education for Sustainable Development). To make it clear we have categorized the planning into 6 themes.

Action Plan to develop an ESD school


Sustainable Schools

A report about schools working with education for sustainable development ESD in Sweden. WWF Sweden has had a project called Sustainable Schools. 10 schools have worked hard with the concept a whole school approach. In the report you can find results, lessons learned och concrete activities.

Sustainable Schools







How to design a seminar

Are you planning an ESD workshop or seminar? Well, now we have a new handbook "How to design a seminar - a successful implementation of ESD". In this handbook you can read more about when you need a facilitator, what do you have to think of when you are planning a workshop on ESD and some concrete advice when you are designing a workshop.

How to design a seminar






From Vision to Lesson

From Vision to Lesson is a new report on education for sustainable development in practice. The book covers 116 pages and highlights innovative models and strategies for developing a sustainable school. The book is richly illustrated and offers many practical examples from everyday life at school in East Africa, Mongolia, India and Indonesia. It can be downloaded here







Education for Sustainable Development as a part of conservation

Sustainable development is one of the biggest challenges
mankind has ever faced. If we want to achieve sustainable
development everyone must participate. This will require lots
of learning. This report describes the links between education and conservation. It can be downloaded here










Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities idea is that you connect a holistic approach to sustainability issues. It is a concept that helps communities to take responsibility of their natural resources
and also improve on their livelihoods. It can be downloaded here












WWF UK (has a lot of education material in English)

UNESCOs decade on ESD





Senast uppdaterad 2018-06-08