“Bringing Environmentalism Home”

How do children contribute to a sustainable world? Do they mind what foodstuffs their family buys, or their usage of water, electricity and transportation? Can they learn to take responsibility not only for their own actions, but also for their family’s consumption and for global sustainability? Such issues are raised by the increasing significance of ecological concerns in educational and consumer policies. A unifying discourse is articulated in the political goals of sustainable development, first in the Brundtland Report and subsequently in Agenda 21, the UN Millennium Declaration, Baltic 21E and the UN resolution Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–14).

In these declarations and statements, great hopes are placed on the capacity of individuals to take responsibility and act locally with global awareness. This discourse is also reflected strongly in many national policy documents, not least in Sweden and the Nordic countries, which we take both as a point of departure and as an illustrative case in this article. The educational and consumer policies of these countries express a strong conviction that it is possible to stimulate such a sense of responsibility.” (129)

Ref: BENGT LARSSON, MAGNUS ANDERSSON, CHRISTINA OSBECK (2010) ‘BRINGING ENVIRONMENTALISM HOME Children’s influence on family consumption in the Nordic countries and beyond’ Childhood 17(1): 129–147

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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