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Engaging young people in climate change and sustainability trails: local geographies for global insights

Stratford, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6273-493X , 'Engaging young people in climate change and sustainability trails: local geographies for global insights', in K Nairn and P Kraftl and T Skelton (eds.), Space, place and environment, Geographies of children and young people , Springer, New York, pp. 1-20.

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This chapter considers how spatial and place-based knowledge may provide
young people with confidence and competence to address challenges such as
unsustainable development, biodiversity loss, and climate change, and do so from
the dynamic vantage point of their “patch” or locale. A key assumption is that for
such ends, which foster an ethic of care, academic geographers and universities
should engage with young people and others who touch their lives. One mechanism
for such engagement is the campus interpretive trail – a purposeful walk
through university grounds exploring different themes with a view to transform
the walker, designer, and path walked. Here, the authors report and reflect on
three such trails they developed at the Sandy Bay campus of the University of
Tasmania, Australia. The trails highlight the deeply integrative capacities of
geography and education for sustainability (EfS) to support young people,
teachers, parents, and guardians so they can respond with resilience and optimism
to global challenges at local scales. The trails invite young people to think about
how engaging in their everyday worlds may be done “caringly.” Theoretically,
the chapter is indebted to Doreen Massey’s ideas about “outwardlookingness”
and being alive to the world, and attention turns to those ideas mid-chapter with a
view to engage with them by reference to the three interpretive trails. Insights
from that discussion lead to a commentary on the importance of emotion, play,
and place in the work reported here. This focus is warranted on two grounds:
outwardlooking connections of the sort Massey envisages are emotional
responses to living, and participation in interpretive trails is a playful and
empowering way to use EfS to explore place in caring ways.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Stratford, E
Publisher: Springer
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-981-4585-90-3_15-1
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