About this Research Topic
The circular economy concept has become very important due to population increase, urbanization, industrialization and depletion of natural resources at an accelerating rate. One of the definitions of circular economy describes it as “a systemic approach to economic development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. In contrast to the 'take-make-waste' linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources" Source . Thus, society is the heart of the Circular Economy as both the driver and the beneficiary.
The future generations will take over a substantial obligation not only to handle a challenging global agenda but also to cope with extraordinary constraints towards achieving sustainable development and circular economy. A holistic approach to integrate circular economy, an alternative model of growth for a sustainable future, includes interconnection and developments in economic, environment, science, technology and innovation, government, society and education. Industry and technology though alone cannot achieve the systematic changes needed to achieve a transformation towards a circular economy and a sustainable society. One of the crucial aspects in integrating circular economy within the society is to educate adults and children as well as raise the new generation in the realm of the circular economy concept. Therefore, understanding social and educational aspects of the shift from the current linear economy, a “produce-use-dispose” model, to the circular economy is very important and timely, and can bring positive changes in knowledge, values, behaviors, impact, human well-being and lifestyles.
This Research Topic is open to, but not only, articles related to the following research areas:
• Education for the Circular Economy and Sustainability;
• Society for the Circular Economy and Sustainability;
• Society and Education in transition from the linear to the circular economy;
• Challenges and opportunities in education and society for moving from the linear to the circular economy;
• The social circular economy to maximise its implementation and scale up;
• Educational approaches to accelerate the transition towards the circular economy;
• Best practices regarding circular economy in society and education;
• Circular Economy in a sustainable society;
• Community science and work for a circular economy society and education.
• Stakeholders who foster and support the transition to a circular economy.
Keywords: Circular Economy, Sustainability, Education, Society
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