The Challenge of Sustainability

Linking Politics, Education and Learning

Edited by Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

The Challenge of Sustainability

Edited by Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447306467 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The challenges we face in combating climate change and building a more sustainable world are complex and urgent. We have no option but to make things work for the better: Earth is, after all, the only home we have. Focusing on the future of humanity and of the planet itself, this timely and accessible book explores the links between politics, learning, and sustainability that must be forged in order to succeed in meeting these challenges. As the contributors show, we need to bring about a fundamental change in the way we practice politics and economics, incorporating a lifelong commitment to sustainability in all learning. With widespread implications, this book will be vital reading for academics and students across a variety of related fields, including politics, public policy, education, sustainable development, geography, media, and international relations.

   ~ Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Section one: The challenge of sustainability –politics, education and learning

Planetary challenges: the agenda laid bare
   ~ Hugh Atkinson

The politics of sustainability: democracy and the limits of policy action
   ~ Stuart Wilks-Heeg

Learning for sustainability: the challenges for education policy and practice
   ~ Ros Wade
Section two: What is to be done ? – case studies in politics, education and learning

Climate change and environmental policy in the USA: lessons in political action
   ~ Hugh Atkinson

‘Greening’ the European Union? The Europeanization of EU Environment policy: institution building and learning
   ~ John O’Brennan

Re-thinking globalisation: politics, sustainability, learning and convergence
   ~ Jenneth Parker

Section three: What is to be done?- What is to be done-case studies in learning for sustainability from across the globe

The challenge of sustainability in Sub Saharan Africa – the implications for education policy and practice
   ~ Ros Wade with Vincent Muhumaza, Chikondi Musange and Heinrich Rukindo

Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) as mobilising mechanisms for Education for Sustainable Development
   ~ Roger A. Petry, Lyle M. Benko, Takaaki Koganezawa and Tomonori Ichinose Mary Otieno
   with Ros Wade

Social media and sustainability: the right to the city
   ~ John Blewitt

Section Four: Emerging themes and future scenarios

Emerging themes and future scenarios
~ Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

   ~ Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Review Quotes
Stephen Sterling | Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, UK
“We know: that global sustainability issues are biting; that radical changes are required; that this change is political yet at the same time requires a change in the way we do politics. And that the same pattern applies to education—necessary change towards sustainability can’t happen without learning, but requires a sea-change in the way we view and practice education. By bringing the case for both shifts together and explaining their relationship—as this welcome and timely book does so effectively and lucidly—the authors offer a valuable and much needed contribution towards the possibility of a better future.”
Jim Chandler | Sheffield Hallam University, UK
“This book deserves attention given that it covers such an important concern for future generations. Living with the capacity of this planet’s resources needs to be given a major role in social and political behaviour. This book points the way.”
Charles Hopkins | UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development, York University, Canada
“This timely book addresses a crucial political science issue: now that we are aware of the many global sustainability crises, how do we both create and engage a knowledgeable citizenry to democratically and collaboratively resolve both the existing threats and those surely yet to come.”
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