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A New Knowledge Paradigm For Sustainable Transitions In Europe and Slovenia

Darja Piciga
Citizens' Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia

Unprecedented global challenges global such as climate change, biodiversity loss and unsustainable resource use, require a paradigm shift in governance for sustainable development, i.e., a systems approach and innovations for sustainability transitions, as developed – together with a new knowledge paradigm – by the European Environment Agency and under the European Green Deal gradually being included in European and national policies and activities (i.a., the Deep Demonstration projects). Achieving the Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement goals will only be possible through systemic change of the development model, namely placement of fundamental socio-economic systems (energy, mobility, food and built environment systems) within the boundaries of ecosystems, through their fundamental transformations.

It is essential to integrate this new knowledge into postgraduate education and training of policy makers at all levels, from local to national and European, but learning of good governance for sustainable transitions needs to be introduced as soon as possible in all levels of education and non-formal education, too. This is possible in the context of already established education for sustainable development.

In the paper, these concepts and policies are, after being systematically overviewed, smartly integrated and upgraded with the models of Integral Green Europe and Slovenia.



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