Thoughts from a Darkened Corner : Sustainability Education in Times of Crisis

Part of : για την Περιβαλλοντική Εκπαίδευση ; No.47, 2013

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Εισηγήσεις Προσκεκλημένων Ομιλητών
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To those concerned for the wellbeing of people and planet, education for sustainable development seems a positive way forward. But the warm, fuzzy feeling it engenders masks a shying away from a range of issues that have to be addressed if the intention is to realize a sustainable future. Education for sustainable development fails to confront the dire threat posed to environments and societies by unrestrained economic growth just as it sidesteps a fundamental critique of the neoliberal project of turning the planet into a global marketplace. The common assumption that the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability are complementary, achievable states needs unpacking. They are only so if we move away from a growth mindset. Schools should become seedbeds for learning about and living alternative no growth forms of economy. Education for sustainable development enshrines a prevailing human-centeredness that sees nature as something to be used and exploited. An ethic of oneness and intimacy with nature is needed so nature is intrinsically valued and so that people fight to hold onto something they love. The prevailing rationalism of education for sustainable development needs to be tempered with, even replaced by, the cultivation of the ability to relate to life through nature intimacy. Education for sustainable development takes a ‘business as usual’ approach to climate change, failing to address the profound challenge to the world as we know it, the denial and loss that is increasingly involved, the threat posed by rampant consumerism, and climate injustice. Education for sustainable contraction and education for sustainable moderation might be more appropriate terms given the profound crisis of unsustainability we face
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Προσκεκλημένη ομιλία , 6ο Συνέδριο ΠΕΕΚΠΕ
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http://www.peekpemagazine.gr/issue/176, Η πλήρης μετάφραση στα Ελληνικά της προσκεκλημένης ομιλίας του David Selby είναι δημοσιευμένη στο τεύχος 4(49)
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