Education for Sustainable Airports

Oto N., ÇOBANOĞLU N., Geray C.

Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research (CY-ICER), CYPRUS, 8 - 11 February 2012, vol.47, pp.1164-1173 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 47
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.795
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1164-1173
  • Keywords: Environmental Education, Sustainable Airport, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Bioethics
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


International and national airport industry and all its relevant institutions have been adopting more holistic sustainability approaches. By doing so, they aim at achieving the full integration of economic viability, operational efficiency, livability, natural resource conservation and social responsibility. All these bring to the stage a new concept: Environmental bioethics, which asserts that 'all other living species, ecosystems and the entire sphere should constitute focus of ethical concern' and which therefore is 'a naturalistic ethics' - creates a unique ethics branch as it transcends the short-term interests of the human beings and becomes a concept on which we build our values to ensure realization of 'biopolitics' for the sustainable airports. Therefore there will certainly be a need for structural, long-lasting and international 'biopolitics' that will be developed in line with "environmental bioethics". Sustainable airports should set an example and be the leader within the transition of environmental bioethics of the region that they belong to. Therefore environmental education is not just environmental protection - but environmental bioethics education is essential to understand and tackle environmental problems of sustainable airports. The purpose of this paper is to describe environmental education in the context of environmental bioethics for the sustainable airports planning, construction and operational initiatives. (c) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.