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Education Waking to Threat, Hope and Possibility

The University of Plymouth
9 September 2008 00:00 - 11 September 2008 00:00

All Our Futures

Event organised by the University of Plymouth and the CETL for Sustainable Futures in association with  the Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development.        

Keynote speakers confirmed:

David Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, Ohio, and Chair of its Environmental Studies Programme. An award-winning scholar, he is renowned for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design. Professor Orr is the author of Ecological Literacy (1992), The Nature of Design (2004), The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics and the Environment in the Age of Terror (2004) and Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect (2004)      
Mark Lynas is one of the leading voices in the climate change debate in the UK. He has worked full-time on the issue since 2000, when he left the website (where he was editor) to embark on a three-year journey of discovery around the world investigating the impacts of global warming. This journey later became the best-selling book High Tide: News from a Warming World, which was followed in 2007 by Six degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet.
Hunter Lovins co-founded with Amory Lovins the Rocky Mountain Institute and led it for 20 years. She has addressed the World Economic Forum , the U.S. Congress, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and hundreds of major conferences. Named ‘Millennium Hero for the Planet’ by Time Magazine, she has received the Right Livelihood Award, the Leadership in Business Award and dozens of other honours. Hunter proposes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. She has worked to build teams that can create and implement practical and affordable solutions to the problems facing us in creating a sustainable future.
The themes of Threat, Hope and Possibility will be structured around four main issues:

  • Campus - What are we doing in the universities, colleges and schools to make our own environments more sustainable and inclusive? What will the sustainable campus be like, and how do we get there, fast?
  • Curriculum - How are we making sure that all members of the Further and Higher education community – teachers and learners, researchers, managers and policy-makers - are seriously engaged in broadening and deepening the curriculum so as to offer a truly adequate learning experience throughout the whole learning community?
  • Community - Universities, colleges and schools belong to the wider community, where sustainability initiatives at grassroots level are gathering pace. What links are we making between the academy and the community? What can educationalists learn from the communities where they belong, and what expertise and knowledge can be offered by Further and Higher Education to these communities?
  • Culture - It is not enough to tinker with contemporary lifestyles and the values they express. What is needed is a radical cultural shift that goes deep down to the roots where beliefs and values are formed. What is this shift? What is the world-view we need? How do we show a new culture emerging?
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