"Children growing up today are confronted by four difficult and intersecting challenges: dangerous environmental change, weakening democracies, growing social inequality, and a global economy marked by unprecedented youth unemployment and unsustainable resource extraction. Yet on streets everywhere, there is also a strong, youthful energy for change. This book sets out an inspiring new agenda for citizenship and environmental education which reflects the responsibility and opportunities facing educators, researchers, parents and community groups to support young citizens as they learn to 'make a difference' on the issues that concern them. Controversial yet ultimately hopeful, political scientist Bronwyn Hayward rethinks assumptions about youth citizenship in neoliberal democracies. Her comparative discussion with the US and UK draws on lessons from New Zealand, a country where young citizens often express a strong sense of personal responsibility for their planet but where many children also face shocking social conditions. Hayward develops a "SEEDS" model of ecological citizenship education (social agency, environmental education, embedded justice, decentred deliberative democracy and self transcendence). The discussion considers how the SEEDs model can support young citizens' democratic imagination and develop their "handprint" for social justice. From eco-worriers and citizen-scientists to streetwise sceptics, "Children, citizenship and environment" identifies a variety of forms of citizenship and discusses why many approaches make it more difficult, not easier, for young citizens to effect change. This book will be of interest to a wide audience, in particular teachers of children aged 8-12 and professionals who work in environmental citizenship education as well as students and researchers with an interest in environmental change, democracy and intergenerational justice. Introduced by international sustainability expert Tim Jackson, the book includes forewords by leading European and USA academics, Andrew Dobson and Roger Hart. Half the author's royalties will be donated to child poverty projects following the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand. Follow Bronwyn Hayward's blog at: http://growing-greens.blogspot.co.nz." Provided by publisher. "Today's millennial generation inherit a world confronted by four difficult and intersecting challenges: dangerous environmental change, weakening democracies, growing social inequality, and a paradigm of economic growth that has contributed to unprecedented youth unemployment and resource extraction beyond our planet's limits. But the future is not inevitable and today on the streets everywhere; there is a strong, youthful energy for change. "Children, citizenship and environment sets out a new agenda for citizenship education which reflects both the responsibility and opportunities we are confronted with to support young citizens. In a myth busting discussion of issues facing young citizens growing up in neoliberal democracies, political scientist Bronwyn Hayward draws on the experience of New Zealanders, a nation where young citizens often express a strong sense of personal responsibility for their planet but where many face shocking social conditions. Theoretically informed and written with engaging practical insight, Hayward argues that young citizens today will need fewer lessons in how to recycle or when to switch off the lights and more intergenerational support to reclaim their democratic imagination and discover the "seeds" of ecological citizenship and their own SMART "handprint" for social justice. This book will be of interest to a wide audience including teachers in the education sector, students and researchers, as well as policy makers and N.G.Os who work in the area of youth citizenship." Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -183) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Ecology and democracy as if children mattered 2. Neoliberalism and children's everyday citizenship : "bowling with a sponsor" 3. Growing greener citizens : SMART, FEARS or SEEDS experiences? 4. Social agency : learning how to make a difference with others 5. Environmental education : growing up on Google Earth 6. Embedded justice : learning ecological responsibility 7. Decentred deliberation : storytelling and democratic listening 8. The social handprint.