In this significantly revised second edition of Bronwyn Hayward’s acclaimed book Children Citizenship and Environment, she examines how students, with teachers, parents, and other activists, can learn to take effective action to confront the complex drivers of the current climate crisis including: economic and social injustice, colonialism and racism. The global school strikes demand adults, governments, and businesses take far-reaching action in response to our climate crisis. The school strikes also remind us why this important youthful activism urgently needs the support of all generations.
The #SchoolStrike edition of Children Citizenship and Environment includes all new contributions by youth, indigenous and disability activists, researchers and educators: Raven Cretney, Mehedi Hasan, Sylvia Nissen, Jocelyn Papprill, Kate Prendergast, Kera Sherwood O’ Regan, Mia Sutherland, Amanda Thomas, Sara Tolbert, Sarah Thomson, Josiah Tualamali'i, and Amelia Woods.
As controversial, yet ultimately hopeful, as it was when first published, Bronwyn Hayward develops her ‘SEEDS’ model of ‘strong ecological citizenship’ for a school strike generation. The SEEDS of citizenship education encourage students to develop skills for; Social agency, Environmental education, Embedded justice, Decentred deliberation and Self-transcendence. This approach to citizenship supports young citizens’ democratic imagination and develops their ‘handprint’ for social justice.
This ground-breaking book will be of interest to a wide audience, in particular teachers and professionals who work in Environmental Citizenship Education, as well as students and community activists with an interest in environmental change, democracy and intergenerational justice.
Table of Contents
1. Supporting the #SchoolStrike generation 2. Neoliberalism and children’s everyday citizenship: ‘bowling with a sponsor’ or ‘DIY activism’? with Sylvia Nissen and Kate Prendergast 3. Growing greener citizens? SMART, FEARS or SEEDS citizenship? 4. Social agency: Learning how to make a difference with others 5. Environmental education for a chaotic climate 6. Embedded justice: learning about ecological rights and responsibilities 7. Decentered deliberation: can we strengthen democratic listening? 8. The social handprint, self transcendence and critical hope
Bronwyn Hayward is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on 1.5 degrees of global warming and is a coordinating lead author for the IPCC on cities and infrastructure. Bronwyn also leads CYCLES: the Children and Youth in Cities, Lifestyles Evaluation and Sustainability project for UK ESRC-funded Centre for Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. She has been a visiting fellow with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of East Anglia. In addition to her academic work, Bronwyn has worked in children’s media and national parks and environmental policy. She has collaborated with youth researchers in Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the UK and USA.
"Bronwyn Hayward captures the struggles of a generation whose present and future is threatened by climate change and other interrelated crises. Her call for more democratic processes highlights the need for deep social transformations, and her SEEDS citizenship model provides us with an actionable framework for nurturing political agency in support a vision of communitarian ecological citizenship. This revised #SchoolStrike edition presents a powerful perspective on youth activism and a growing movement that is committed to equity and social justice." – Professor Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway
"Writing this during the Covid-19 pandemic is a salutary reminder of the importance of books like the second edition of Bronwyn Hayward's Children Citizenship and Environment. Amidst our current crisis Hayward's book is a source of hope. Hope in our young people and the next generation rising to the challenge and opportunities for transformation created by the planetary emergency. 'Hope is the thing with feathers' the poet Emily Dickinson noted. But hope is also the child standing with a poster demanding climate action now, as Hayward's timely and important book tells us." – John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
"Bronwyn Hayward is the rare political scientist who listens to the political views of those who are too young to vote. In Children Citizenship and Environment #SchoolStrike Edition she shares the civic and environmental concerns of children and adolescents and urges us to expand our political imagination, see the connections between ecological and social crises, and embrace the values of a new generation of moral and political activists." – Professor Constance A. Flanagan, Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women, Family, and Community, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
"This new edition of Bronwyn Hayward’s pathfinding text is an all-too-rare thing: serious scholarship that is seriously useful. The book’s communitarian approach to ecological citizenship gives clear pointers for adult allies, teachers and parents that can help them support young people who are having to make sense of an unprecedented body of challenges. Faced with a chaotic climate, natural disasters, the threats of terrorism and pandemics, young people need and deserve support in developing the skills that will allow them to negotiate paths to a better future. The book points to ways of supporting the development of more engaged and effective young citizens in these precarious times. In a nice modelling of the approach she advocates, the voices of children and young adults of Hayward’s own community of Christchurch, New Zealand, direct the book’s argument. The vision of an inter-dependent ecological and citizenship education offers an energetic and purposeful way of renewing our democracy. The suggested recipe of imagination, creativity and courage offers glimpses of a far better future." – Professor Joe Smith, Director at UK Royal Geographic Society, UK.
Praise for the 1st edition of Children, Citizenship and Environment
‘Bronwyn Hayward's magisterial book reminds us that it's not just the biosphere that is threatened through environmental degradation, but our children's imaginations as well, and hence all our future hopes. As we won't achieve sustainable human wellbeing within a flourishing biosphere without citizens who both care about sustainability and are able to act on their concerns, we need to take children seriously as political actors. Bronwyn Hayward argues that, because we cannot live sustainably when social structures and decision-making are unjust, we need to nurture young people as citizens if they are to address the wide-ranging problems we've created: dangerous environmental change, growing social inequality, an unsustainable global economy, and weakening democracies. This wonderful book should be read by all those who think today's childhoods are fine, or who think that children are unfit for democratic involvement, or that we'll get anywhere through individual action – and also by those who already understand the issues, and the importance of children's involvement in their resolution, as they will be re-inspired; in other words, by everyone.’ – William Scott, University of Bath, UK and President, UK National Association for Environmental Education
‘This book is a glorious testament to fortitude, to brilliant scholarship, to the wonderful voices of children's engagement, and to real hope that the future can indeed be secure. Our job is to make it so. Bronwyn Hayward shows how we can do this through the enlightened and patient voices of tomorrow's sustainable citizens.’ – Tim O'Riordan, University of East Anglia, UK
‘Bronwyn Hayward's creative masterpiece describes how we can escape the last 20 years of neo-liberal thinking and its toxic impact on our precious children today and in the future.’ – Susan St John, University of Auckland and NZ Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson
‘A thoughtful and scholarly investigation of how we can create the conditions for children to become confident, participating ecological citizens, capable of collective imagination and action for a better world. There can be no more important task for the future.’ – Jeanette Fitzsimons, Co-Leader of the New Zealand Green Party and Member of Parliament 1995–2009
‘Bronwyn Hayward provides a timely, thoughtful and constructive contribution to an important area of work: understanding how children can develop environmental citizenship. The generation growing up today need to be given the skills and opportunities to engage in shaping their future, rather than be expected to inherit the decisions made by adults now. Hayward makes a strong argument for community collaboration and creative imagination as some of the key ingredients.’ – Lucy Stone, climate change advisor, UNICEF, UK
‘In this inspiring book Bronwyn Hayward explains how children have been left out of the political process or included in only token ways, and the potential cost of this to society. She describes how children can learn to be citizens by engaging in democratic decision-making processes in their local environments. Including children in decision-making benefits the whole of society in unexpected ways. The book is compelling reading for all those interested in the future of democracy and of the environment.’ – Russell Wills, New Zealand Children's Commissioner
‘This book challenges the myths that our kids don't care about what we do as a society and where we are headed. Bronwyn Hayward shows, with alacrity and sensitivity, exactly how the new generation might determine the future. Thought-provoking, controversial and inspiring.’ – David Shearer, Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party
'written with passion and energy … conveys its thesis with great power'- Gary Clemitshaw, British Journal of Educational Studies
'a thoughtful, powerful and timely case'- Nancy Erbstein, Children, Youth and Environments
'This scholarly masterpiece … is a book full of hope that we can reunite and re-structure politics so that it is one of collective thinking, critical reasoning, compassion and reliance on each other to maintain a sustainable world. I implore everyone to read it; it is inspirational and above all crucially instructional in how we can mould the social handprint of future generations for an environmentally friendly world'– Jessica Richardson, Sherkin Comment
'Hayward takes an unequivocal stance, urging readers to adopt new practices which will better serve both children and the environment […] I recommend the book as vital reading for all who care for the next generation, the future of democracy and the planet.'Bronwyn E. Wood, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand Geographer
'Hayward directs policymakers to shift the focus away from aging Baby Boomers and back to the world’s children who are most severely impacted by environmental injustice. Written in an academic style with many references to previous studies, this book must be read slowly and thoughtfully. However, the ideas presented will be worth the effort.'– Green Teacher
'This book is a gem. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines including psychology, political science, sociology and developmental economics, Bronwyn Hayward shows respect for children’s thinking and contributes to the debates about how to create processes for human flourishing. Children and the environment are clearly at the centre of her thinking and the book will delight child advocates and environmentalists. But it would be a mistake to pigeonhole this book as only a book for child advocates. It is not. Bronwyn uses children’s frames of reference embedding in multi-disciplinary theory to show adults some paths to creating sustainable development. Through her scholarship and thoughtful approach to understanding children’s worlds, she adds a different frame onto seemingly intractable problems of inequality, climate change and democratic participation in wealthy nations.' -New Zealand Sociology
'Children, Citizenship and Environment – Nurturing a democratic imagination in a changing world – is a powerful book in terms of the positions presented, questions asked and observations it makes, particularly since they are linked to actual studies involving children. There are many unique and mind-opening thoughts in this book about society today that question the essence of citizenship, how it is taught, learned and expressed.'- Jeff Thurston, Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon