Global Citizenship and Environmental Justice

Global Citizenship and Environmental Justice

Global Citizenship and Environmental Justice

Global Citizenship and Environmental Justice

Synopsis

This book focuses on the concepts of environmental justice and global citizenship from a number of different disciplinary perspectives with the intention of promoting at the very least some interdisciplinary understandings. Initially presented as papers at an interdisciplinary conference on the themes of environmental justice and global citizenship in Copenhagen in February 2002, the chapters in this volume were chosen by election by those attending the conference. They represent the emergent differences of opinion and glimmers of agreement in the conference as discussions of environmental justice and global citizenship inevitably led to considerations of sustainability and Agenda 21. Some degree of agreement did emerge around the idea of seeing sustainability as a process rather than a predetermined outcome. There was also a shared interest in the pedagogy of educating students in and about sustainability.

Excerpt

This book focuses on the concepts of environmental justice and global citizenship form a number of different disciplinary perspectives with the intention of promoting at the very least some interdisciplinary understandings. The chapters in this volume were all initially presented as papers at an interdisciplinary conference on the themes of environmental justice and global citizenship in Copenhagen in February 2002. The papers were selected as chapters in this volume by election by those attending the conference. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference and its deliberately small size created many opportunities for discussion and the sharing of ideas in an unusual multidisciplinary context. This context benefited all those attending as they were exposed to perspectives on environmental justice and global citizenship from less personally esoteric subject areas.

There was more discussion of environmental justice than global citizenship during the conference and although differences of opinion emerged, there were also glimmers of agreement in the conference as discussions of environmental justice and global citizenship inevitably led to considerations of sustainability and Agenda 21. Some degree of agreement did emerge around the idea of seeing sustainability as a process rather than a predetermined outcome. As most of the participants taught in higher education institutions there was also a shared interest in the pedagogy of educating students in and about sustainability. The volume has been divided into disciplinary or thematically based sections but the purpose of the introductory chapter is to draw links and connections between different papers and different themes in the volume.

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