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ERIC Number: EJ1001877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Teach Environmental History
Swinehart, Tim
Rethinking Schools, v27 n2 p36-41 Win 2012-2013
In the wake of superstorm Sandy and a presidential election in which the candidates from both major parties essentially ignored climate change, this author states that it is time that schools begin to play their part in creating climate literate citizens. He contends that Hurricane Sandy, and the superstorms that will certainly follow, are not just acts of nature--they are products of a massive theft of the atmospheric commons shared by all life on the planet. Furthermore, writes Swinehart, every dollar of profit made by fossil fuel companies relies on polluting the shared atmosphere with harmful greenhouse gases--stealing what belongs to all. But if educators do not teach students the history of the commons, they will have a hard time recognizing what--and who--is responsible for today's climate crisis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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