The four complex systems that sustainable development seeks to balance

In order to develop a sustainable Green Growth Strategic Framework that is capable of responding effectively to the sustainability challenges that the people and the planet are facing, it is helpful to categorise these challenges in terms of the interaction between four complex systems: the world economy, the global society and the planet’s physical environment and to recognise that education represents a crucial and viable response and intervention.

  • How does an economy of 7.2 billion people and $90 trillion gross world output change over time?
  • How does a global society of such inequality of income, wealth and power function?
  • What happens when the world economy is on a collision course with the physical environment?
  • How can education based interventions be designed and implemented to provide an effective response to the challenges and impact of unsustainable development?

From this, it is possible to view the SDG as a set of societal goals to which the world should aspire and as a guide for the future course of economic and social development on the planet. Further, by understanding these societal goals it is possible to design education based interventions that are specifically tailored and targeted to respond to these societal goals. The SDG and ESD therefore call for green growth to be pursued along the following four clear Pathways:

SDG and ESD Led Pathways towards Global Transformation

These SDG and ESD led pathways form the foundation for defining our own Green Growth Strategic Framework and its ley components. Importantly, these four pathways are adopted as the basis of our Goals, which seek to define the medium term impact that we are seeking to generate for our body of work.