The Tipping Point

Steven England
Jan 21 · 2 min read

With the Climate crisis acknowledged as an Emergency by local and national governments, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESD/GC) is crucial to meeting this challenge.

AoS continues and grows its collaboration with people and organisations to develop practical educational approaches towards ESD/GC.

In the summer we held our third annual workshop developing and delving deeper into embedding ESD/GC with the theme: The practicalities of linking of ESD/GC to the SDG’s.

An important feature of the workshop was that ESD/GC as a pedagogy cannot and some argue must not guarantee the SDG’s as social-economic-environmental outcomes for government directives with the SDG’s acting as measures rather than drivers for education.

In the spring Steve held a pilot Experiential Well Being session for students from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Business School (CBS) drawing on his developing work in Experiential ESD/GC.

followed in the Autumn with an Experiential Sustainable Team Building day for 120 students as part of CBS People and Organisation’s Module which was great fun, relevant and embedded ESD/GC: see the team building video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbY7OhWnIag

Ron and Steve were pleased to have papers publishing their work by the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (Teesnet):

Johnston, R.A.S. (2019) Achieving SDG 4.7 embedding ESD into elementary stage textbooks: lessons from a small Himalayan state. Research in Action Special Issue August 2019 pp. 53–59

England S.P (2019) The Art of Sustainability: An Experiential Approach to ESD/GC.

Research in Action Special Issue August 2019 pp. 60–65

https://www.theartofsustainability.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Research_in_Action_Special_Issue_A5_Book_WEB-low-res.pdf

In August Ron gave the keynote opening address for Bridgend College’s Well Being and Sustainability CPD and Steve ran his workshop demonstrating how his approach to ESD/GC can be transferred from outdoor to indoor venues.

Ron has also just completed the first of a series of three short films promoting ecosystem studies as a way of informing actions to address our ever-increasing climate driven environmental crises. More information about this can be found at: https://www.ronjohnstonenvironmentalesd.co.uk/media

So, it’s been a busy year and we’re already planning for 2020 when we must gather all effort to match the Climate Emergency for both current and future generations.

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