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The challenge of sustainabilityLinking politics, education and learning$
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Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306467

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306467.001.0001

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Emerging themes and future scenarios

Emerging themes and future scenarios

(p.229) Ten Emerging themes and future scenarios
The challenge of sustainability

Hugh Atkinson

Ros Wade

Policy Press

Chapter Ten starts with an analysis of some of the key themes that have emerged in the course of writing this book. These include: the importance of the link and the interrelationship between politics, education and learning in meeting the challenges of sustainability; the need to challenge the current educational paradigm and reshape education systems towards sustainable development; the realisation that traditional neoliberal growth models are proving increasingly dysfunctional for people and the planet; yet, despite this, neoliberalism remains robust in influential policy circles; the crucial importance of tackling climate change if we are to achieve environmental and social justice; and the need for a more honest engagement by politicians with the public about the challenges that creating a more sustainable world presents. It concludes by setting out two alternative scenarios for the future of people and the planet. The challenges that we face today in combating climate change and building a more sustainable world are complex and multifaceted. As such, they need to be approached in a holistic way by adopting joined-up solutions for joined-up problems. We all have a stake in this. Academics from all disciplines need to break out of their silos and work in a much more interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary manner. To this end, the book will combine both political science and ESD analysis of the challenges of sustainability and climate change.

Keywords:   a new kind of politics, education and learning, policy imperatives, future scenarios, sustainability

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