CEC Contributes to Book on Youth and Sustainability

09 August 2009 | News story

Over a dozen members of IUCN CEC contributed to the new book Young people, education, and sustainable development: Exploring principles, perspectives, and praxis. The book offers a global perspective on education initiatives by and for young people that promote a transition to sustainability. It includes 38 essays co-authored by 68 contributors from 25 nations.
 

Young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of Earth. Almost half of the human population is under the age of 25. If young people’s resources of energy, time and knowledge are misdirected towards violence, terrorism, socially-isolating technologies and unsustainable consumption, civilization risks destabilization. Yet, there is a powerful opportunity for society if young people can participate positively in all aspects of sustainable development. In order to do so, young people need education, political support, resources, skills and hope. This volume offers a global perspective on education initiatives by and for young people that promote a transition to sustainability. It includes 38 essays co-authored by 68 contributors from 25 nations, representing a diversity of geography, gender and generation.

Members of IUCN CEC, the Commission on Education and Communication, who contributed to this book include Gillian Martin Mehers, who was on the Editorial Board, as well as Peter Blaze Corcoran, John Fien, Michelle Laurie, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Karen Malone, Dumisani Nyoni, Philip Osano, Kartikeya Sarabhai, Konai Thaman, Randy Thaman, Dominic Stucker and Arjen Wals. CEC member Roel van Raijj assisted in securing funding from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. It was edited by Peter Blaze Corcoran and Philip M. Osano.

Young people, education, and sustainable development
Exploring principles, perspectives, and praxis
Wageningen Academic Publishers
2009, 416 pages

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