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In this episode, the second in the “Education for our planet and for our future” series, Dr Kevin Smith (Cardiff University) and Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire) discuss the importance of re-examining what we value in education and our current educational practices as they relate to climate change. They also discuss the importance of considering what we can do as individuals in undertaking action to positively address the circumstances caused by our climate crisis.

Podcast Reading:
Ojala, M. (2015). Hope in the face of climate change: Associations with environmental engagement and student perceptions of teachers’ emotion communication style and future orientation. Journal of Environmental Education, 46(3), 133-148. 

Ojala, M. (2017). Hope and anticipation in educating for a sustainable future. Futures, 94, 76-84. 

Jensen, B. B. & Schnack, K. (1997) The Action Competence Approach in Environmental Education, Environmental Education Research, 3:2, 163-178

John Dewey and the ecology of learning in: 

 Scott W A H & Vare P (Publication date: November 2020) Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas, Abingdon: Routledge.

Views are the authors own and not those of BERA

In this Episode

Kevin Smith, Dr

Cardiff University

Kevin Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Education in the School of Social Sciences. His research interests include curriculum theory, critical pedagogy and cultural studies. He is also committed to developing capacity for educational research...

Paul Vare

University of Gloucestershire

Paul Vare leads postgraduate research in education at the University of Gloucestershire. With over 30 years’ experience in education for sustainable development (ESD), he worked on the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s ESD Strategy and...