Who Cares About Sustainability?
After all, isn’t sustainability just a buzzword? Doesn’t it just mean ‘green energy’? Why should anyone care about it?
The new edition of Open Citizenship asks these questions to find out if we as citizens are missing an important concept in our lives. There are many different definitions of ‘sustainability’- but not a single one illustrates the importance of sustainability to citizenship. Indeed, if we as citizens are not able to become involved in the debate, we risk losing the notion of citizenship itself.
Like all editions of Open Citizenship, this edition aims to bridge academic expertise with grass-roots knowledge.
Among our academic articles:
Sustainability Needs Citizens, but do Citizens Need Sustainability?
by Lisa Pettibone.
This article introduces the importance of sustainability and citizenship by demonstrating that sustainability needs citizens, but also that citizens could benefit from the worldview that sustainability provides; it provides a new narrative for citizens to articulate their concerns with current political issues in Europe and point the way to potential solutions.
Education for Sustainability Citizenship
by John Huckle.
This article argues that education for sustainability citizenship is urgently needed to provide Europe’s young citizens with sources of hope in troubled times. It relates unsustainable development to a lack of democracy in a neoliberal Europe and suggests that education for sustainability citizenship provides ways for students and teachers to critically examine these in empowering ways.
- 3 more academic articles examining: environmental disasters, the technological citizen and citizens and councils working together.
- Andrew Dobson of Keele University asks: can sustainability fulfil the need for citizenship inclusion in public policy formulation?
- Jade Buddenberg explores how sustainability can create a more engaged form of dialogue between stakeholders and citizens.
- What’s more, there are interviews with leading activists and thinkers from across the political spectrum – we gain the knowledge and insights of: Club of Rome member Graeme Maxton, renowned British philosopher Roger Scruton, activist Angelika Zahrnt, and leading environmentalist and head of 350.org, Bill McKibben.
- Profiles of sustainability activists and movements the whole world over.
- And many, many more
Without citizen dialogue in the debate on sustainability, we may lose our concept of citizenship itself. To become involved in that dialogue, get your hands on the new edition of Open Citizenship today.
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