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Not Just Recycling and Turning Off the Lights! Stephen Scoffham Learning and Teaching Conference June 30th 2014
Students’ experience Sustainability and ESF involves many different strands Validated courses Future opportunities Previous experience The co-curriculum
A Critical Moment For us individually For the environment For the University
Sustainability is about making connections at a range of scales from the local to the global. • It is about • connecting to the environment • connecting to each other • connecting to ourselves • Adapted from the Commonwork Values and Vision statement.
Barriers Tokenism and contradictions Hidden messages and bias Denial and eco-guilt Values Enablers Focus on futures Critical and creative thinking Holistic learning
4. Testing out what works best Dilemmas question and problems 5. Getting down to the details 1.Exploring the issues 3. Developing new approaches 2. Playing with ideas Building capacity in ESF New thinkingand mindsets
The Need for a New Thinking Non-linear thinking (wicked problems) Deep ecological awareness Fundamental changes in attitudes and behaviours
The Futures Initiative Enhanced knowledge & understanding Creative engagement Environmentally literate students Problem solvers Critical thinkers Ethical awareness