Finding hope in a world of environmental catastrophe

Kelsey, Elin, and Armstrong, Carly (2012) Finding hope in a world of environmental catastrophe. In: Wals, Arjen E.J., and Corcoran, Peter Blaze, (eds.) Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands, pp. 187-200.

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Climate change, the Gulf oil spill, Japan's nuclear disasters, the massive impact of Canada's tar sands - 'gloom and doom' blows in from even the most trusted places. Children and adults are confronted with environmental catastrophe almost anywhere they turn: kid-friendly nature magazines, homework assignments, popular films and well-meaning docents at the zoo. In this chapter, we explore the emotional impacts of living in times of accelerating change. We argue that children need to develop a strong connection to the natural world and to be involved in community efforts to address environmental issues. We advocate for the privileging of hope and resilience. We aim to encourage readers to examine their own emotional responses and to reframe how they position themselves with respect to empowering children to embrace sustainability in our rapidly changing world.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-8686-203-0
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