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Restrained and Progressive Environmental Education CREE Seminar University of Bath 19/11/08 Morgan Phillips BecomingGreen.co.uk
Talk structure How and where we learn The Environmental Education Infrastructure Restrained Environmental Education Progressive Environmental Education Plural rationalities Research findings The Emergence of Progressive Environmental Education If not a consumer economy then what?
Sits within, does not adequately challenge and often embodies the consumerist, materialist culture that lies at the root of many social and environmental problems.
Progressive Environmental Education Seeks to question the drivers of a consumer led economy directly with the aim of instigating a long term shift to a new sustainable culture.
Restrained Environmental Education sits within a wider Progressive Environmental Education
Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by the pollution from their flights. Stewart Barr
I recycle therefore I am green, I have low energy light bulbs therefore I am greener still, I drive a hybrid car therefore I am even greener.
The following factors were all found to influence the design and delivery of environmental education: Educators beliefs about how to approach environmental education Expectations of educators employers The availability of funding Funding restrictions The National Curriculum The natural resources available to the educator The expectations of the audience The type of audience
Action for Sustainable Development GAP Sustainable development motivation Knowledge of Sustainable development The Knowledge-Action Gap
What is the morality of the practice of encouraging housewives to be non-rational and impulsive in buying the family food?
What is the morality of the playing upon hidden weaknesses and frailties – such as our anxieties, aggressive feelings, dread of non-conformity, and infantile hangovers to sell products? Specifically, what are the ethics of businesses that shape campaigns designed to thrive on these weaknesses they have diagnosed?
What is the morality of manipulating small children even before they reach the age where they are legally responsible for their actions?
What is the morality of treating voters like customers, and child customers seeking father images at that?
What is the morality of exploiting our deepest sexual sensitivities and yearnings for commercial purposes?
What is the morality of appealing for our charity by playing upon our secret desires for self-enhancement?
What is the morality of developing in the public an attitude of wastefulness toward national resources by encouraging the psychological obsolescence of products already in use?
What is the morality of subordinating truth to cheerfulness in keeping the citizen posted on the state of his nation? (Packard, 1957, pp. 209-210)
The Affluenza Virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to emotional distress. It entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous. (James, 2007, p. vii)