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While we are talking about environmental justice, let’s give children a voice

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Abstract


  • As governments, communities and individuals grapple with how to deal with the

    avalanche of negative news regarding the environment, children are often left out

    of the decision-making processes. Traditional Western schooling is still dominated

    by the ‘banking’ method of teaching, in which knowledge is deposited into the

    minds of the children under an adult-centric educational paradigm. As a step

    toward achieving justice for children, educators need to reverse the traditional

    model of intergenerational influence by furnishing children with the chances, tools

    and skills to influence those around them, including adults, to live more sustainable

    lives. This chapter will highlight the plight of children in Western society and the

    findings of a research project conducted as part of a doctoral thesis, titled,

    ‘Children as environmental change agents: using a shared protocol to bring about

    or support environmentally responsible behaviour in the family home.’ Analysed

    through the lens of a critical researcher, the data reveals a number of key findings;

    children can indeed be environmental change agents, capable of leading their

    families, schools and communities toward a more sustainable future; however, the

    road to justice for children is a complex one, with many societal forces to be

    contended with along the way.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Andersen, P. (2013). While we are talking about environmental justice, let’s give children a voice. In K. Druffel (Ed.), Looking Within: Finding an Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Lens (pp. 103-113). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781848882515

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1559&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/560

Book Title


  • Looking Within: Finding an Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Lens

Start Page


  • 103

End Page


  • 113

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract


  • As governments, communities and individuals grapple with how to deal with the

    avalanche of negative news regarding the environment, children are often left out

    of the decision-making processes. Traditional Western schooling is still dominated

    by the ‘banking’ method of teaching, in which knowledge is deposited into the

    minds of the children under an adult-centric educational paradigm. As a step

    toward achieving justice for children, educators need to reverse the traditional

    model of intergenerational influence by furnishing children with the chances, tools

    and skills to influence those around them, including adults, to live more sustainable

    lives. This chapter will highlight the plight of children in Western society and the

    findings of a research project conducted as part of a doctoral thesis, titled,

    ‘Children as environmental change agents: using a shared protocol to bring about

    or support environmentally responsible behaviour in the family home.’ Analysed

    through the lens of a critical researcher, the data reveals a number of key findings;

    children can indeed be environmental change agents, capable of leading their

    families, schools and communities toward a more sustainable future; however, the

    road to justice for children is a complex one, with many societal forces to be

    contended with along the way.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Andersen, P. (2013). While we are talking about environmental justice, let’s give children a voice. In K. Druffel (Ed.), Looking Within: Finding an Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Lens (pp. 103-113). Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781848882515

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1559&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/560

Book Title


  • Looking Within: Finding an Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Lens

Start Page


  • 103

End Page


  • 113

Place Of Publication


  • Oxford, United Kingdom