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Sustainability is a key issue for the twenty first century. Exploring different ways that we can live within the ecological limits of the planet is an increasing challenge and there are growing signs of stress.
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Global climate change, the loss of biodiversity, population growth and conflicts between unequal social groups raise complex and inter-related issues. Schools and universities, along with other educational institutions, have an important role in developing critical and creative thinking about such problems. Sustainability is sometimes seen as being limited to a few specific subject disciplines such as geography and citizenship. However, such thinking denies its potential to illuminate understanding across all areas of the curriculum. There are also those who are weary of the sustainability debate and find it both dull and repetitive. Imaginative approaches which harness students’ creative responses have the potential to reverse this mindset.
This site is intended for those involved in higher education, particularly university tutors and their students.
This website is part of the Canterbury Christ Church University Futures Initiative, which is a long-term change programme designed to develop understanding about sustainability in academic life. It has been written by Stephen Scoffham and is based on research, scholarship and the practical experience of teaching about sustainability in higher education.
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This site is organised around ten overlapping themes:
These themes have been selected to give an overview of some key issues surrounding sustainability. Each theme begins with a short introduction and is followed by links to related resources and questions for critical reflection. A separate panel featuring the voices of tutors and students serves as a counterpoint that will widen discussion.
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