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Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development
A History of Ideas

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ISBN 9780367221935
November 11, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book is an introduction to the long history of human learning, the environment and sustainable development – about our struggles with the natural world; first for survival, then for dominance, currently for self-preservation, and in future perhaps, even for long-term, mutually-beneficial co-existence. It charts the long arc of human-environment relationships through the specific lens of human learning, putting on record many of the people, ideas and events that have contributed, often unwittingly, to the global movement for sustainable development.

Human learning has always had a focus on the environment. It’s something we’ve been engaged in ever since we began interacting with our surroundings and thinking about the impacts, outcomes and consequences of our actions and interactions. This unique story, told by the authors is episodic rather than a connected, linear account; it probes, questions and re-examines familiar issues from novel perspectives, and looks ahead. The book is of particular interest to those studying (and teaching) courses with a focus on socio-economic and environmental sustainability, and NGOs whose work brings them face-to-face with the general public and social enterprises.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Past Historic
1. Humans Being
2. Playing and Learning in the Mesolithic
3. Earth Mother – Mother Earth
4. In the Beginning
5. Virgil’s Georgics
6. How the Greenland Norse Chose
7. Science and the Ecological Imagination
8. Francis Bacon and the Interrogation of Nature
9. Descartes, the World and the Method
10. Rousseau wrote Emile; Pestalozzi made it real
11. The 18th Century (sustainable) Development Goals
12. The English Romantic Poets
13. Public Education and the Industrial Revolution
14. Alexander von Humboldt
15. John Clare’s Enclosure
16. Marx in Nature
17. Thoreau and Walden
18. The Significance of John Muir
19. Friluftsliv
20. Patrick Geddes
21. John Dewey and the Ecology of Learning
22. Blud und Boden
23. This Land is your Land
Section 2 Present Imperfect
24. Rachel Carson’s Silence
25. The Road to Tbilisi
26. Gaia
27. Forest School Origins
28. The Early UN Conferences
29. Prepositions and the Environment
30. How Deep is your Ecology?
31. Environmentally Educated Teachers
32. Are Significance Life Experiences always Significant?
33. Faith, Hope, Charity and the Ecological Crisis
34. The Earth Charter
35. The Behaviour of Models
36. The Coming of ESD
37. Green Still does not Always Mean Go
38. The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
39. In Competence we Trust
40. Environmental Learning
41. Extinction? Rebellion?
Section 3 Future Possible
42. Behind the Cenes: What Stories Shall We Tell?
43. Being Human
1 A Brief History of Environment and Learning in England
2 A Brief History of Environment and Learning in the USA
3 A Brief History of Environment and Learning in Germany
4 The Sustainable Development Goals

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Paul Vare is Research Convener for the School of Education at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He has worked internationally in the voluntary sector, with large corporations and national governments and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on education for sustainable development.

William Scott is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Bath, UK, and is Chair of Trustees of the UK’s National Association for Environmental Education. He was one of the founding editor of the Routledge journal, Environmental Education Research.