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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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Social media and sustainability: the right to the city

Social media and sustainability: the right to the city

(p.205) Nine Social media and sustainability: the right to the city
The challenge of sustainability

John Blewitt

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In Chapter Nine, John Blewitt makes the important point that over half the world's population lives in cities and that this is increasing exponentially. As a consequence, the ‘natural’ world is predominantly urban, as is the global economy. The chapter argues that the fate of the planet depends upon the nature of our urban future. If we are to achieve social and environmental justice within the city, there needs to be a transformed and renewed right to urban life. Rights and urban citizenship – and, to a significant degree, social learning for sustainability – entail active engagement in the public realm and genuinely public spaces and places.

Keywords:   sustainability, neo liberalism, media/ social media, the virtual world, the digital city, the right to the city, democracy

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