Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability (EfS) at London South Bank University (LSBU)

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The 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the Education for Sustainability MSc programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) will take place at LSBU’s Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (SE1 6FE) on 13 January 2017 from 9.30am to 6 pm.

 

This free event will celebrate 21 years of Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU, reflecting on the impact of EfS and looking forward to future developments in this important field of education.

 

It will feature a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.

 

Speakers and panellists

 

Among the speakers and panellists so far confirmed are:

  • Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University (keynote)
  • Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree
  • Naomi Namara Karekaho, National Environment Management Authority Uganda

 

Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, will deliver the keynote speech on the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) work in an age of global uncertainty. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow, Professor Sterling has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’S ESD programmes.

 

Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree, will speak to us about her work, the challenges and barriers we face today and the role of education in creating social change. Well-known in the Fair Trade movement, Safia is recognised internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan, out of which People Tree was born, and then in London in 2000.  People Tree was the world’s first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification.

 

Naomi Namara Karekaho, an alumna from Uganda, will share the impact of EfS in her work at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda. She has 14 years of experience in the communication and education sectors is currently the Corporate Communications Manager at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a public institution that uses information to empower Uganda’s public to actively and proactively participate in the utilisation of the country’s natural resources to ensure social and economic freedom.

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU

 

Designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning. It deals with the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

 

All modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions, are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context:

  • An Introduction to education for sustainability
  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability
  • Dissertation (MSc only)

 

The roots of the course lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, where a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was this EfS programme.

 

Over the last 21 years, the course – the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind – has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK. For example, its existence at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), namely the RCE London.

 

The event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please visit the Eventbrite page below.

 

Note: LSBU logo is from the LSBU website

 

More…

 

Event page on LSBU website | Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/celebrating-21-years-efs-130117

 

Registration | Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-21-years-of-efs-tickets-29435959748

 

Professor Stephen Sterling https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

Safia Minney http://www.safia-minney.com/ | @SafiaMinney

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU:

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) | Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability

 

RCE London website https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower graduates to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein

 

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Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London

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NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/) recognised in UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit (http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/unep_greening_university_toolkit-final-small_size.pdf page 61).

 

A commitment to moral imagination is vital for sustainable prosperity, said Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) at an event titled Reinventing Prosperity held at Church House, Westminster on 28 November 2016.

 

This event is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, which is organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

 

In his keynote on The Audacity of Hope, Baron Williams (chair of the CUSP dialogues) set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.

 

Co-delivering the second keynote titled ‘Reinventing Prosperity,’ Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) emphasised that the free market system driven by growth was part of the problem and not the solution. The other keynote speaker Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) presented the book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

Dr Camilla Toulmin (Chair CUSP Advisory Board; Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) facilitated the discussion sessions that followed the keynotes.

 

In his welcome and introduction Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) said that there was no better time than now for engaging in the task of exploring the nature of prosperity.

 

Keynote 1 | The Audacity of Hope

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Baron Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury and chair of the CUSP dialogues) delivered the first keynote, The Audacity of Hope.

 

Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tells us to ignore world’s problems. Hope gives us strength to face today’s problems and encourages us to look through and beyond them. Hope refuses to ignore what the world is but insists on prosperous alternatives.

 

What is prosperity? Prosperity is not just feeling comfortable but a sense of tomorrow that is neither empty nor threatening.

 

We don’t know the future, but we can know the possibilities that future might bring. Instead of optimism, what we need is the audacity of hope in order to see simultaneously the possibility of the worst and the possibility of prosperous alternatives. So hope is central to prosperity.

 

We need to learn to inhabit our world with boundless curiosity and fearless honesty. Inhabiting the world with a clear sense of what we are up against is where we have the audacity of hope.

 

Imagination has a key role in prosperity. If we close down our imagination in the times of crisis, we cannot expect to be well or prosperous. We should imagine a future of adaptable, just and eco-environment, which is limited but life-giving.

 

Mere imagination is not enough. What we need is moral imagination – imagining the future of others, not just our own future. We need to cultivate the habit of thinking about others’ future as part of our own wellbeing.

 

Here, we need to turn to the institutions of imagination in society. We need these social and cultural institutions of imagination – particularly education. However, ethical imagination (‘what is like for others?’) is sadly lost from current education at some point after primary. For instance, the popular MCQ (multiple choice questions) approach to testing restrains our imaginative response.

 

Sustainable prosperity depends on a commitment to moral imagination. So, for sustainable prosperity, we need a model that accommodates the thinking of the others’ future as well as our own. We also need to engage with institutions of imagination in order to learn how to embrace and inhabit our limited and life-giving world. What we need is not world governance but habits of cooperation.

 

Sustainable Prosperity is therefore a large cultural question, which is not reducible to conventional academic disciplines. Sustainable Prosperity requires a reworking of our culture – through systemic change, not by tinkering.

 

Exhibition | A dream of a low carbon future

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An exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ took place during the refreshments. It was based on an inspiring graphic novel by James McKay and Benjamin Dickson.

 

Keynote 2 | Reinventing Prosperity

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Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome) and Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study), co-authors of the book Reinventing Prosperity, delivered the second keynote.

 

Dr Graeme Maxton:

 

There are limits to growth and excessive growth brings about environmental and social consequences. Environmental consequences include climate change; species loss; pollution of air, waterways, soils and oceans; and anthropogenic destruction. Among social consequences are: greater conflict due to inequality, drought, resources and climate change; widening gap between the rich and the poor everywhere; and high unemployment in much of the world.

 

When it comes to growth, we harbour wrong beliefs:

  • We believe that growth brings jobs but despite growth in the developed world, unemployment has risen.
  • We believe that growth reduces inequality but despite growth inequality has risen within countries and particularly between countries over the period 1820-2000.
  • We believe that growth reduces poverty but with accounting for inflation, the percentage of the global population living on $2.65 a day was 53% in 2010.

 

Despite all these, we don’t take action because of a variety of reasons, such as politics, vested interests, short termism and natural inertia, timing and cost.

 

We do not need new technology or innovation; we already have enough of them. The free market cannot solve the problem; rather is the cause of the problems. Scaling up grassroots initiatives is not enough. And we do not need instant answers, which are non-existent anyway.

 

What we need is implementation of change over a period of 20 years or more, particularly moving 1% of GDP every year from dirty to clean energy production. We need a TRANSITION like that.

 

Professor Jørgen Randers:

 

Professor Jørgen Randers focused on their book’s 13 proposals to manage economic growth in order to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change, and to enhance wellbeing in the long run.

 

How to reduce unemployment:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Pay people who take care of others at home
  • Restrict trade when needed, to protect jobs

 

How to reduce inequality:

  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Increase the taxation of corporations and the rich
  • Increase the inheritance tax
  • Increase the pension age
  • Encourage unionisation

 

How to reduce climate gas emissions:

  • Implement green stimulus packages financed with freshly printed money
  • Pay workers while they are moving from dirty jobs to clean ones
  • Tax coal, oil and gas at source and redistribute the tax money in equal amounts among all citizens
  • Shift taxes from income to resource use

 

How to increase wellbeing in the long term:

  • Legislate more compulsory vacation
  • Introduce a guaranteed livable income for everyone who needs it (i.e. anyone who falls below a minimum income level due to unemployment, sickness or age)
  • Pay families to have one child or none

 

These measures will reduce the population size, number of hours worked a year and insecurity, contributing to sustainable wellbeing.

 

Closing remarks

 

After a successful full-house proceedings, Professor Tim Jackson delivered the closing remarks with a poetic touch, citing Leonard Cohen:

 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues

 

The Nature of Prosperity series of public dialogues, hosted by CUSP, engages young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in perhaps the biggest question of our time: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?

 

The inaugural event was held in London on 23 May 2016. It featured Baron Rowan Williams, long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar, Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Karen Hamilton (Global Vice President Sustainable Business, Unilever), Professor Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).

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Note: This news post is based on my notes at the event, some slides of the keynote speakers and some tweets with the hashtag #ReinventingProsperity.

 

More…

 

Prosperity and Growth | Church House and Parliament to host two events in London on 28 November https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/prosperity-and-growth-church-house-and-parliament-to-host-two-events-in-london-on-28-november/

 

Event page (for photographs and video and audio recordings of the event) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/event/nop02/

 

A dream of a low carbon future | Inspiring graphic novel by James McKay & Benjamin Dickson https://cdt.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/dtc-low-carbon-technologies/research/DreamsofaLowCarbonFuture.shtml

 

Book | Reinventing Prosperity http://www.clubofrome.org/report/reinventing-prosperity/ (Read first chapter here for FREE)

 

CUSP Working Paper Series No 2 | Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity, by Prof Tim Jackson http://www.cusp.ac.uk/pub/wp2/

 

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth http://limits2growth.org.uk

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

HExit | Turning Brexit into a global leadership opportunity for UK higher education https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hexit-turning-brexit-global-leadership-opportunity-uk-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

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