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The Local Agenda 21 initiative stems from the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio, when more than 150 nations endorsed Local Agenda 21, a commitment to plan for sustainable development into the next century. Sustainable development has been defined as development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Essentially, it can be seen as an approach which recognises the importance and inter-dependence of economic, social and environmental needs in future development. Getting eco-schools to be involved in this topic will develop pupils’ understanding of what sustainable development means and at the same time make pupils aware of the link between their lives and the lives of others throughout the world. Students are also to be made aware that local actions can have both positive and negative global effects on people and the environment; now and in the future.

Through work related to sustainability, pupils should be able to recognize the value and importance of conserving natural habitats, resources and cultures in all their diversities. Besides, they can feel empowered and believe that their actions or involvement with others can make the world a better place. Students networking with other cultures and societies can facilitate understanding and empathy.