Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education

Author: Peter Blaze Corcoran,Joseph P. Weakland,Arjen E. J. Wals

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789086863037

Category: Environmental education

Page: 472

View: 3730

This edited collection invites educational practitioners and theorists to speculate on--and craft visions for--the future of environmental and sustainability education. It explores what educational methods and practices might exist on the horizon, waiting for discovery and implementation. A global array of authors imagines alternative futures for the field and attempts to rethink environmental and sustainability education institutionally, intellectually, and pedagogically. These thought leaders chart how emerging modes of critical speculation might function as a means to remap and redesign the future of environmental and sustainability education today.

Envisioning a Sustainable Society

Learning Our Way Out

Author: Lester W. Milbrath

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791401620

Category: Social Science

Page: 403

View: 2017

The evidence is increasingly persuasive. We are changing the way our planet's physical systems work--irrevocably. These changes are global and interconnected and unavoidable. They are upon us already, making it virtually impossible for any modern society to continue its present trajectory of growth. This book provides a penetrating analysis of how we have come to this point, of why science and technology will fail to solve these problems, and of how we as a society must change in order to avoid ecological catastrophe. The scope is broad, the urgency of the message is impossible to ignore.

Beyond the Limits

Global Collapse Or a Sustainable Future

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780930031626

Category: Economic development

Page: 300

View: 4027

Transdisciplinary Sustainability Studies

A Heuristic Approach

Author: Katri Huutoniemi,Petri Tapio

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113500742X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 8633

Arising out of human-environment interaction, sustainability problems resist disciplinary categories and simple solutions. This book offers a fresh approach to practical and methodological concerns in transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability studies. It illustrates methodological means by which researchers, professionals, and decision-makers can address complex environmental issues. While scientific reasoning is mostly guided by disciplinary traditions, transdisciplinary research rests on other cognitive strategies. As it does not have a ready-made stance toward problems, figuring out what the puzzle is and what the answer might look like are crucial aspects of transdisciplinary inquiry. Through examples from environment and sustainability studies, the volume discusses heuristic schemes that can give structure to this exploration. By focusing on heuristics, rather than on methods, concepts, or general guidelines, the book argues that a problem-centered approach often resists the rigor of methodology. Learning from experience provides valuable “rules of thumb”, checklists, and other cognitive schemes for making ill-defined problems more tangible. Written by an international team of authors, the chapters draw examples from dealing with issues in environmental protection, transport and climate policy, ecosystem services and disservices, environmental beliefs and attitudes, and more. Together with more theoretically oriented chapters, they show that the intellectual processes needed to tackle complex sustainability problems are as much about heuristic problem solving as they are about methodical work.

Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future

Insights from 45 Global Thought Leaders

Author: Robert Costanza,Ida Kubiszewski

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814546909

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 396

View: 8675

The major challenge for the current generation of mankind is to develop a shared vision of a future that is both desirable to the vast majority of humanity and ecologically sustainable. Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future offers a broad, critical discussion on what such a future should or can be, with global perspectives written by some of the world's leading thinkers, including: Wendell Berry, Van Jones, Frances Moore Lappe, Peggy Liu, Hunter Lovins, Gus Speth, Bill McKibben, and many more. Contents:Introduction:Why We Need Visions of a Sustainable and Desirable World (Robert Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski)Envisioning a Sustainable World (Donella Meadows)Why Everyone Should Be a Futurist? (William S Becker)Think Like an Ecosystem, See Solutions (Frances Moore Lappé)Future Histories: Descriptions of a Sustainable and Desirable Future and How We Got There:What Would a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature Look Like? (Robert Costanza, Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson, Ida Kubiszewski, Juliet Schor, and Peter Victor)Vision Statement for the Planet in 2050 (Ajay Bhave, Silvia Ceausu, Anand Deshmukh, Jessica Jewell, Wayne Pan, and Jana Timm)Scenes from the Great Transition (Paul D Raskin)Environmental History Exam 2052: The Last Half-Century (Les W Kuzyk)A Virtual Visit to a Sustainable 2050 (Robert Costanza)Reflections on a Life Lived Well and Wisely (Joshua Farley)The Great Turnaround: How Natural Capital Entered the Economy? (Ronald Colman)How New Zealand Became a Green Leader? (John Peet)The New New York: 2050 (Barbara Elizabeth Stewart)Pieces of the Puzzle: Elements of the World We Want:Sustainability and Happiness: A Development Philosophy for Bhutan and the World (Jigmi Y Thinley)Flourishing as a Goal of International Policy (Martin Seligman)What Else? (Wendell Berry)Let Us Envision Gender Equality: Nothing Else is Working (Jane Roberts)Another World: Finally Her(e) (Kavita N Ramdas and Jamie Querubin)Policy Reform to 350 (Bill McKibben)The Great Transition to 350 (Dylan Walsh and Tess Croner)On Baselines That Need Shifting (Daniel Pauly)The Future of Roads: No Driving, No Emissions, Nature Reconnected (Richard T T Forman and Daniel Sperling)The New Security (Gary Hart)Green Accounting: Balancing Environment and Economy (Peter Bartelmus)A Vision of America the Possible (James Gustave Speth)Getting There:The Way Forward: Survival 2100 (William E Rees)An Integrating Story for a Sustainable Future (Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme)It Is Time to Fight the Status Quo (Bill McKibben)Can We Avoid the Perfect Storm? (David W Orr)Sustainable Shrinkage: Envisioning a Smaller, Stronger Economy (Ernest Callenbach)How to Apply Resilience Thinking: In Australia and Beyond? (Brian Walker)Endangered Elements: Conserving the Building Blocks of Life (Penny D Sackett)Well-Being, Sufficiency, and Work-Time Reduction (Anders Hayden)Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs) at Rio+20: A Practical Step Toward Global Sustainability (Mohan Munasinghe)Happiness and Psychological Well-Being: Building Human Capital to Benefit Individuals and Society (George W Burns)Time for a Bold Vision: A New, Green Economy (Van Jones)A World That Works for All (L Hunter Lovins)Fighting Poverty by Healing the Environment (Christine Loh)Re-Engineering the Planet: Three Steps to a Sustainable Free-Market Economy (Eckart Wintzen)Raising Gross National Happiness through Agroforestry (Pahuna Sharma-Laden and Croix Thompson)Building Bridges between Science and Policy to Achieve Sustainability (Katherine Richardson and Ole Wæver)Bringing Mozart to the Masses: Venezuela's Music Revolution (Maria Páez Victor)Creating the Schools of the Future: Education for a Sustainable Society (Peter M Senge)A Values-Based Set of Solutions for the Next Generation (Tim Kasser)Teaching a University Course in Sustainable Happiness (Catherine O'Brien)The Time Has Come to Catalyze a Sustainable Consumerism Movement (Peggy Liu) Readership: Undergraduates, professionals, researchers, and anyone interested in what a sustainable and desirable future might look like. Keywords:Envisioning;Sustainable Future;Desirable Future;Positive Future;Future History;Scenarios;World ViewsKey Features:This book has an outstanding list of contributors who are world thought leaders. Their views on what a sustainable and desirable future would look like will be highly sought afterThis is an outstanding collection on a topic of great interest to many people, but on which there has been little written, especially in book formReviews: “The book is a compilation of thoughtful articles from a broad range of academics, research scientists, policy specialists, politicians and others — thinkers all.” Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

The Natural City

Re-envisioning the Built Environment

Author: Ingrid Leman-Stefanovic

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802091601

Category: Philosophy

Page: 350

View: 6335

Urban and natural environments are often viewed as entirely separate entities — human settlements as the domain of architects and planners, and natural areas as untouched wilderness. This dichotomy continues to drive decision-making in subtle ways, but with the mounting pressures of global climate change and declining biodiversity, it is no longer viable. New technologies are promising to provide renewable energy sources and greener designs, but real change will require a deeper shift in values, attitudes, and perceptions. A timely and important collection, The Natural City explores how to integrate the natural environment into healthy urban centres from philosophical, religious, socio-political, and planning perspectives. Recognizing the need to better link the humanities with public policy, The Natural City offers unique insights for the development of an alternative vision of urban life.

Engaging People in Sustainability

Author: Daniella Tilbury,David Wortman

Publisher: IUCN

ISBN: 9782831708232

Category: Nature

Page: 137

View: 3665

Presents a guide to assist educators who are wrestling with educating for sustainability, by reflecting on the theory and practice of how to engage people in sustainable development and a framework of good practice (theory). The publication is intended to inspire actions for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-14) by illustrating innovation and practice in education with case studies, examples and interviews. Innovation and experiences in Education for Sustainable Development are highlighted from a broad range of contexts ± formal, non-formal and informal sector

Sustainability Citizenship in Cities

Theory and practice

Author: Ralph Horne,John Fien,Beau B. Beza,Anitra Nelson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317391071

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

View: 1793

Urban sustainability citizenship situates citizens as social change agents with an ethical and self-interested stake in living sustainably with the rest of Earth. Such citizens not only engage in sustainable household practices but respect the importance of awareness raising, discussion and debates on sustainability policies for the common good and maintenance of Earth’s ecosystems. Sustainability Citizenship in Cities seeks to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest in urban built environments as both responsibilities and rights. Contributors elaborate on the concept of urban sustainability citizenship as a participatory work-in-progress with the aim of setting its practice firmly on the agenda. This collection will prompt practitioners and researchers to rethink contemporary mobilisations of urban citizens challenged by various environmental crises, such as climate change, in various socio-economic settings. This book is a valuable resource for students, academics and professionals working in various disciplines and across a range of interdisciplinary fields, such as: urban environment and planning, citizenship as practice, environmental sociology, contemporary politics and governance, environmental philosophy, media and communications, and human geography.

Envisioning Sustainability

Author: Peter Berg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979919480

Category: Bioregionalism

Page: 238

View: 4872

Planet Drum Foundation-founder Berg provides a collection of the important essays that helped define the bioregional movement and established him as an icon in the environmental community.

Apocalyptic Leadership in Education

Facing an Unsustainable World from Where We Stand

Author: Vachel W. Miller

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1681238365

Category: Education

Page: 225

View: 6744

Mainstream educational leadership has lost much of its footing as a progressive practice. More managers than wisdom?keepers, educational leaders no longer have authority to critique the toxicities of the present and imagine alternative futures. In public schools and higher education, the neoliberal emphasis on measurable outcomes shrinks the radius of concern for what educational leaders are leading toward. There’s a planet missing in mainstream discourses of sustainability in educational leadership, and this book aims to resituate the work of teaching/leading in the place where we stand. In a period of overlapping social/environmental crises, this book takes inspiration from Robert Jensen’s call for teachers and intellectual leaders to “go apocalyptic”, i.e., to face head?on the calamities that threaten our shared future on Earth. When leadership is situated within an apocalyptic context, we are called to reflect on educational injustice and unsustainability, while envisioning more hopeful futures. The work of apocalyptic leadership, though, isn’t all about future vision; it’s also about attending to what hurts and what heals in the present moment. Intended for aspiring and practicing educational leaders in both K?12 and higher education settings, as well as scholars in the fields of social justice and sustainability, this book begins mapping and traversing the affective, spiritual, pragmatic, and organizational geography of apocalyptic leadership. Such leadership holds dear the radical belief in our shared capacity to work gracefully with the painful awareness that tremendous challenges are inevitable, and yet, we have every opportunity for inching toward a more habitable future.

Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education

Author: Walter Leal Filho,Mark Mifsud,Chris Shiel,Rudi Pretorius

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319478958

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 5415

This Handbook approaches sustainable development in higher education from an integrated perspective, addressing the dearth of publications on the subject. It offers a unique overview of what universities around the world are doing to implement sustainable development (i.e. via curriculum innovation, research, activities, or practical projects) and how their efforts relate to education for sustainable development at the university level. The Handbook gathers a wealth of information, ideas, best practices and lessons learned in the context of executing concrete projects, and assesses methodological approaches to integrating the topic of sustainable development in university curricula. Lastly, it documents and disseminates the veritable treasure trove of practical experience currently available on sustainability in higher education.

Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development

Exploring Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis

Author: Joseph Paul Weakland,Brandon P. Hollingshead

Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub

ISBN: 9086860931

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 415

View: 5918

Young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of Earth. Almost half of the human population is under the age of 25. If young people's resources of energy, time, and knowledge are misdirected towards violence, terrorism, socially-isolating technologies, and unsustainable consumption, civilization risks destabilization. Yet, there is a powerful opportunity for society if young people can participate positively in all aspects of sustainable development. In order to do so, young people need education, political support, resources, skills, and hope.This volume offers a global perspective on education initiatives by and for young people that promote a transition to sustainability. It includes 38 essays co-authored by 68 contributors from 25 nations, representing a diversity of geography, gender, and generation. "The development of youth leadership has been a central concern of my professional work. Young people have a lot to offer to sustainable development and should participate in planning for our planet's future. This rich collection of theoretical and practical approaches captures the growing response of young people to this challenge. I am particularly pleased with the attention paid to the role of often-underrepresented regions of the world, to the role of women, and to the Earth Charter in the creating a peaceful and sustainable future." Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conversation of Nature), and former Rector of the University for Peace "This book is a rich, global tapestry depicting the inter-linkages among youth, education and sustainable development. What is particularly interesting is that it shows how education, at all levels, can be a powerful engine for promoting sustainability. This work is an important contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." Goolam Mohamedbhai, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities, and Past President, International Association of Universities "This important and skillfully-prepared book comes at a critical time.... A great strength of this volume is that it blends together theoretical and practical insights regarding education for sustainable development by and for young people. It is written from diverse cultural perspectives from all world regions. Readers, from many fields, especially young people and their teachers, will find it timely and relevant. I hope that it will inspire the younger generation to get involved in seeking solutions to the challenges we face." James Gustave Speth, Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and Dean Emeritus of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University "It is my hope that you are inspired, as I have been, by Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis, for the stories in this volume are full of the possibilities that emerge when we honor and support young people." Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, and past United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Indian Higher Education

Envisioning the Future

Author: Pawan Agarwal

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132104099

Category: Education

Page: 520

View: 4297

India is in the throes of great developments in the field of higher education. This book identifies the needs and gaps in this sector and provides suggestions for improvement based on the lessons learnt from the experiences of other countries. It facilitates a clear and holistic understanding of the sector's complex nature and breaks several myths related to it. The availability of quality higher education in India, though increasing, is unable to meet the demands of a growing youth population, improvements in school education and a growing middle class. At the same time, it has been widely recognised that the country has a unique opportunity to convert its demographic surplus into its economic strength by providing its young people the right kind of skills. Following this understanding, and due to the persisting problems in the sector, higher education now occupies a central position in the country's strategy for global competitiveness and inclusive growth, and several steps have been taken for its improvement. Apart from an analysis of the prevailing situation, the author also suggests a framework for the creation of a competitive environment in higher education that would ensure better utilisation of public funds and improvement of both public and private institutions. This book will be a valuable resource for centres of education and higher education in universities and research organisations, as well as think-tanks. It would also be a useful tool for consultants and private organisations working in the higher education sector.


The Inner Migration To Profound Environmental Change

Author: Jason F. McLennan

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0982690223

Category: Architecture

Page: 364

View: 4468

Just prior to periods of great migration, certain species display agitation and restlessness - a phenomenon referred to by scientists as ‘zugunruhe’. McLennan identifies a similar pattern emerging among people yearning for a sustainable future. This book is intended as a catalyst for anyone interested in exploring a deeper, more meaningful connection to the environmental movement. “Zugunruhe is a work of creative genius that draws us into an engaging journey of self-discovery, brings the biggest and most frightening issues of our time up close, and invites our engagement,” notes David Korten, “It will leave you envisioning human possibilities you never previously imagined.” Profound, personal and practical, McLennan’s narrative reminds us that individual efforts ripple outward and can lead to revolutionary change for the betterment of people and planet.

Social Change Theories in Motion

Explaining the Past, Understanding the Present, Envisioning the Future

Author: Thomas C. Patterson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351137646

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 3525

This book assesses how theorists explained processes of change set in motion by the rise of capitalism. It situates them in the milieu in which they wrote. They were never neutral observers standing outside the conditions they were trying to explain. Their arguments were responses to those circumstances and to the views of others commentators, living and dead. Some repeated earlier views; others built on those perspectives; a few changed the way we think. While surveying earlier writers, the author’s primary concerns are theorists who sought to explain industrialization, imperialism, and the consolidation of nation-states after 1840. Marx, Durkheim, and Weber still shape our understandings of the past, present, and future. Patterson focuses on explanations of the unsettled conditions that crystallized in the 1910s and still persist: the rise of socialist states, anti-colonial movements, prolonged economic crises, and almost continuous war. After 1945, theorists in capitalist countries, influenced by Cold War politics, saw social change in terms of economic growth, progress, and modernization; their contemporaries elsewhere wrote about underdevelopment, dependency, or uneven development. In the 1980s, theorists of postmodernity, neoliberalism, globalization, innovations in communications technologies, and post-socialism argued that they rendered earlier accounts insufficient. Others saw them as manifestations of a new imperialism, capitalist accumulation on a global scale, environmental crises, and nationalist populism.

Sustainability Science

Key Issues

Author: Ariane König,Jerome Ravetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317216628

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

View: 4145

Sustainability Science: Key Issues is a comprehensive textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and participants in executive trainings from any disciplinary background studying the theory and practice of sustainability science. Each chapter takes a critical and reflective stance on a key issue or method of sustainability science. Contributing authors offer perspectives from diverse disciplines, including physics, philosophy of science, agronomy, geography, and the learning sciences. This book equips readers with a better understanding of how one might actively design, engage in, and guide collaborative processes for transforming human-environment-technology interactions, whilst embracing complexity, contingency, uncertainties, and contradictions emerging from diverse values and world views. Each reader of this book will thus have guidance on how to create and/or engage in similar initiatives or courses in their own context. Sustainability Science: Key Issues is the ideal book for students and researchers engaged in problem and project based learning in sustainability science.

South Asia 2060

Envisioning Regional Futures

Author: Adil Najam,Moeed Yusuf

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783080388

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 2350

“South Asia 2060” is a dialogue among 47 experts from a diverse range of expertise and backgrounds, ranging from policymakers to academia to civil society activists and visionaries, on the likely longer-range trajectories of South Asia’s future. The collection explores current regional trends, possible future trajectories, and the key factors that will determine whether these trajectories are positive or negative for the region, as a region. Departing from a purely security-based analysis, the volume considers factors such as development and human well-being to reveal not what will happen but what could happen, as well as the impact present conditions could have on the rest of the world.

Teaching Sustainability / Teaching Sustainably

Author: Kirsten Allen Bartels,Kelly A. Parker

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

ISBN: 1579227414

Category: Education

Page: 296

View: 1115

Over the coming decades, every academic discipline will have to respond to the paradigm of more sustainable life practices because students will be living in a world challenged by competition for resources and climate change, and will demand that every academic discipline demonstrate substantial and corresponding relevance. This book takes as its point of departure that integrating a component of sustainability into a discipline-specific course arises from an educator asking a simple question: in the coming decades, as humanity faces unprecedented challenges, what can my discipline or area of research contribute toward a better understanding of these issues? The discipline need not be future-oriented: an archaeologist, for instance, could incorporate into a course some aspects of sustainable archaeological practices in areas threatened by rapid climate change, as well as examples of sustainable or unsustainable ways of living practiced by members of the long-gone society under investigation. This book also argues that courses about sustainability need to cross disciplinary boundaries, both because of the inter-relatedness of the issues, and because students will require the ability to use interdisciplinary approaches to thrive through the multiple careers most of them will face. The contributions to this book are presented under four sections. “Sustainability as a Core Value in Education” considers the rationale for incorporating sustainability in disciplinary courses. “Teaching Sustainability in the Academic Disciplines” presents eight examples of courses from disciplines as varied as agriculture, composition, engineering, and teacher education. “Education as a Sustainable Practice” reviews how the physical environment of the classroom and the delivery of instruction need themselves to reflect the values being taught. The final section addresses the issues of leadership and long-term institutional change needed to embed sustainable practice as a core value on campus.

Envisioning Legality

Law, Culture and Representation

Author: Timothy Peters,Karen Crawley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317301595

Category: Law

Page: 296

View: 4422

Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation is a path-breaking collection of some of the world’s leading cultural legal scholars addressing issues of law, representation and the image. Law is constituted in and through the representations that hold us in their thrall, and this book focuses on the ways in which cultural legal representations not only reflect or contribute to an understanding of law, but constitute the very fabric of legality itself. As such, each of these ‘readings’ of cultural texts takes seriously the cultural as a mode of envisioning, constituting and critiquing the law. And the theoretically sophisticated approaches utilised here encompass more than simply an engagement with ‘harmless entertainment’. Rather they enact and undertake specific political and critical engagements with timely issues, such as: the redressing of past wrongs, recognising and combatting structural injustices, and orienting our political communities in relation to uncertain futures. Envisioning Legality thereby presents a cultural legal studies that provides the means for engaging in robust, sustained and in-depth encounters with the nature and role of law in a global, mediated world.