Climate Change : Hope, And Education For Sustainable Development

881 Words Sep 9th, 2016 4 Pages
CLIMATE CHANGE: HOPE’S ROLE IN PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIORS

As climate change becomes an increasingly recognized serious issue, the need for environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD) for young people and in schools is also becoming increasingly relevant. Traditional environmental education has aimed to help students better understand causes, impacts, and solutions to environmental issues and to inspire critical thinking around ethical issues, conflicts, and uncertainties. Recent research has identified that such education also involves consideration of emotions because of the gravity of the topics involved. Hope is one of these important emotional aspects, however research on hope has revealed mixed views about its role and influence on environmental engagement and actions. This study aimed to examine different sources of hope about climate change, through surveys administered to high-school students in Sweden. The author suggests that there are two types of hope, one associated with engagement and one associated with less pro-environmental behavior.

To address mixed views about hope and its role in environmental behavior, the author identified two sub-scales of hope concerning climate change: ‘constructive hope’ and ‘hope based on denial.’ The author defined constructive hope as relating positively to pro-environmental behavior and hope based on denial (of the gravity of climate change) as relating negatively to pro-environmental…

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