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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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Rethinking globalisation through convergence:

Rethinking globalisation through convergence:

active learning for social movements

(p.131) Six Rethinking globalisation through convergence
The challenge of sustainability

Jenneth Parker

Policy Press

In Chapter Six, Jenneth Parker explores ways of facilitating effective collaboration between environmental and development organisations (as social movements) to meet the political challenges of global sustainability. The chapter posits a new way of thinking, using the concept of convergence as a means to facilitate the development of global equity within planetary boundaries. Convergence is based on an approach to global eco-justice that was developed during the Kyoto climate change talks by the environmental campaigner Aubrey Meyer. It combines the concept of equal rights for all citizens to use the earth's atmosphere, with a per capita allocation approach. This would mean that rich countries would contract their use of carbon, leaving poorer countries to continue to develop. Convergence would occur when equal levels of development are achieved with sustainable carbon emissions. The chapter looks at the potential of convergence to act as a ‘unifying framework’ for sustainability practitioners involved in the process of developing the new Sustainable Development Goals, as a successor to the Millennium Development Goals that ran from 2000 to 2015.

Keywords:   convergence, social movements, active learning, globalisation, sustainability, learning, social change, activism, activism

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