Environmental Education, an Essential Instrument to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals in the University Context
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Environmental educationSustainable developmentSustainable Development GoalsUniversityTeaching
Esteban Ibáñez, M.; Lucena Cid, I.V.; Amador Muñoz, L.V.; Mateos Claros, F. Environmental Education, an Essential Instrument to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals in the University Context. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7883. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197883]
The objective of this research is the analysis of sustainable development’s incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the university from the environmental education approach. The study includes the necessary strategy to implement environmental contents, as well as the training of individuals to act with environmental responsibility. The descriptive, cross-sectional and quantitative methodology was used to create a questionnaire for university students. Then, we gathered data to achieve the goals proposed in this research: interpret the variations in environmental knowledge and behavior, and understand the conceptual aspects underlying in the students’ features, paying attention to the differences between men and women. The results show that many of the students have previous concepts about the environment, and they consider that environmental education is required to solve environmental issues. Finally, a training proposal is presented to introduce the topics of the SDGs and environmental education in the university.