Contesting "Environment" Through the Lens of Sustainability: Examining Implications for Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Helen Kopnina
  • Culture Unbound Journal of Current Cultural Research, September 2014, Linkoping University Electronic Press
  • DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.146931

Environmental ethics in relation to environmental education

What is it about?

This article reflects on implications of presenting nature as a social construction, and of commodification of nature. The social construction of nature tends to limit significance of nature to human perception of it. Commodification presents nature in strict instrumental terms as ‘natural resources’, ‘natural capital’ or ‘ecosystem services’. Both construction and commodification exhibit anthropocentric bias in denying intrinsic value of non-human species. This article will highlight the importance of a deep ecology perspective, by elaborating upon the ethical context in which construction and commodification of nature occur. Finally, this article will discuss the implications of this ethical context in relation to environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD).

Why is it important?

Discussing how environment is often submerged by discussion of social and economic aspects of sustainability. This article shows how education that places environment as a primary condition of social and economic sustainability can make a difference

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