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A Great Challenge of Green Chemistry Education: The Interface between Provision of Information and Behaviour Patterns

The chapter considers concrete examples both within formal and within informal education. The examples for formal education refer to efforts to integrate both industrial and everyday life green chemistry perspectives within chemical education, and are analysed in some detail. They comprise the integration of green chemistry perspectives into a process technology course at the University of Venda (South Africa), and the presentation of the interface between chemistry and ethics to secondary school pupils in Italy. The examples for which informal education needs to play extensive roles focus mostly on aspects for which the outreach to the public appears so far inadequate, and make extensive references to observations that one can make in one's surroundings. These examples suggest the importance of fostering chemical literacy and integrating green chemistry perspectives into information to the public. Some possible chemistry-oriented outreach options are outlined.

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