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Educational Attainment and the Carbon Intensity of Wellbeing: A Regional Analysis

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 AM
Where: Zoom
United States
Presenter: Dr. Orla Kelly

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Thank you for interest in the International Workshop on Environment, Sustainability & Education, hosted by the Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Israeli Institute of Education for Sustainability at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts.

Education is widely regarded as an important social mechanism for enhancing human wellbeing. So much so, that the goal of raising nations’ rates of per capita educational attainment has been part of global development policy since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948, Article 26). Policymakers have included it in many subsequent international treaties and frameworks, including the current Sustainable Development Agenda (SDG 4). However, much remains unknown about the macro-level relationship between educational attainment and global sustainability. In this research, I empirically assess the relationship between per capita rates of educational attainment and the carbon intensity of wellbeing (CIWB), across six world regions, using data for the period 1960-2010. CIWB is a ratio of CO2 per capita/life expectancy. It is a widely used metric for socio-ecological sustainability within environmental sociology and other disciplines. I also consider how regionally specific historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts across these regions may have influenced the relationship between education and sustainability.

Registration link is available here.

For more information about the Workshop, please visit our webpage. If you are interested in presenting/sharing your work, please contact us: Oren Pizmony-Levy ( and Dafna Gan (

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