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Global Citizenship Education and Sustainable Development Goals: A Transdisciplinary and Biomimetic Perspective1



Javier Collado Ruano2


Abstract: This article reflects on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), both in the post-2015 Development Agenda led by the United Nations. Our work is based on the transdisciplinary approach and the principle of biomimicry in order to strengthen the links between education and sustainability through symbiotic links between nature and human culture. The concept of biomimicry seeks to understand the operating principles of life in order to mimic nature in the reformulation of new sustainable human production systems with the biosphere. In this sense, the 2nd Congress of GCED of January in Paris, the World Education Forum of Incheon in May, and the Millennium Summit of New York in September, that UNESCO and the UN will celebrate with their partners in 2015 (in occasion of its 70th anniversary), offer an important opportunity for the emerging global citizenship to change the rules and introduce the foundations of another model of production and consumption. Therefore, the aim of this study is to identify international agreements on environmental and sustainable development, to make a specific contribution for the post-2015 eco-political-educational strategic framework. It is, in short, innovative research that seeks to integrate eco-ethics as a pedagogical practice in the implementation of the GCED: identifying the vital axises that constitute the interdependence of ecosystems to make a biomimetic application in social, political, and educational structures of human systems.



Keywords: globalization, biomimicry, transdisciplinary, UNESCO, United Nations, Global Citizenship Education, Sustainable Development Goals, Eco-Ethic, Big History, worldology.

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