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Justice and Equity in Climate Change Education
Exploring Social and Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Education

Edited By

Elizabeth M. Walsh

ISBN 9780367344702
Published February 22, 2022 by Routledge
316 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume looks at the ways in which climate change education relates to broader ideas of justice, equity, and social transformation, and ultimately calls for a rapid response to the need for climate education reform.

Highlighting the role of climate change in exacerbating existing societal injustices, this text explores the ethical and social dimensions of climate change education, including identity, agency, and societal structure, and in doing so problematizes climate change education as an equity concern. Chapters present empirical analysis, underpinned by a theoretical framework, and case studies which provide critical insights for the design of learning environments, curricula, and everyday climate change-related learning in schools.

This text will benefit researchers, academics, educators, and policymakers with an interest in science education, social justice studies, and environmental sociology more broadly. Those specifically interested in climate education, curriculum studies, and climate adaption will also benefit from this book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Climate Change Education Must Be Education for Justice: Historical and Conceptual Foundations for Centering Equity in Climate Change Education

Katherine Sover and Elizabeth M. Walsh

Part I. Theoretical Perspectives of Equity and Justice in Climate Change Education

1. Bringing Climate Injustices to the Forefront: Learning from the Youth Climate Justice Movement

Rupinder Kaur Grewal, Ellen Field, and Paul Berger

2. Psychological Perspectives of Climate Equity: Reducing Abstraction and Distance through Engaged Empathy

Ananya M. Matewos, Benjamin Torsney, and Doug Lombardi

3. Public Pedagogy, Climate Change Activism and the Case for Ecosocialism

Mike Cole

Part II. Case Studies and Enactments of Climate Change Education for Equity and Justice

4. Equitable and Just by Design: Engaging Youth of Color in Climate Change Education

Na’Taki Osborne Jelks and Crystal Jennings

5. A Course on Natural Disasters Gets Real: Living the Impacts of Climate Change in the US Virgin Islands

Michele L. Guannel, Gregory Guannel, Imani Daniel, Nailah Copemann, Angelisa Freeman, and Bethany Good

6. "A Different Kind of Middleman": Preservice Science Teachers’ Agency for Climate Change Education

Asli Sezen-Barrie and Lucy Avraamidou

7. Leadership in Eco-Justice Environmental Educational Practice: A Case for Climate Change Curricula through Poetic Inquiry that Involves Storytelling and Walking the Land

Kelly Young and Andrejs Kulnieks

8. Land-Based Environmental Education as a Climate Change Resilience: A Learning Experience from a Cross-Cultural Community Garden

Ranjan Datta, Jean Kayira, and Prarthona Datta

9. Children’s Environmental Identity Development in a Changing Arctic Environment

Carie Green

10. Contested Agency and Authorship in Middle School Girls' Climate Science Digital Storytelling: Disentangling Individual and Collective Agency

Elizabeth Smullen and Elizabeth M. Walsh

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Elizabeth M. Walsh is Associate Professor in Science Education and Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University, USA.