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The challenge of sustainability: Linking politics, education and learning

Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade


The book explores the links between politics, learning and sustainability. It seeks to answer a fundamental question: how do we move to a politics in which political leaders are honest with voters about the need to fly less, to use less energy, to use our cars less and to forsake the latest high-tech gadgets? This presents a real challenge for the world's political leaders. Are they capable of making the necessary brave decisions? The book's central focus is on the future of people and planet itself. The challenges that we face in combatting climate change and building a more sustainable world ... More

Keywords: sustainability, politics, climate change, learning, education for sustainable development, neo liberalism, a new normal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447306467
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Atkinson, editor
London South Bank University, UK

Ros Wade, editor

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Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Part One The challenge of sustainability: politics, education and learning

One Planetary challenges

Hugh Atkinson

Part Two What is to be done? Case studies in politics, education and learning

Part Three What is to be done? Case studies in learning for sustainability from across the globe

Eight Regional centres of expertise as mobilising mechanisms for education for sustainable development

Roger A. Petry, Lyle M. Benko, Takaaki Koganezawa, Tomonori Ichinose and Mary Otieno, with Ros Wade

Part Four Emerging themes and future scenarios

Ten Emerging themes and future scenarios

Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade


Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

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