ERIC Number: EJ1005726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Reference Count: 10
A Deeper Shade of Green: The Future of Green Jobs and Environmental Adult Education
Hill, Robert J.
Adult Learning, v24 n1 p43-46 Feb 2013
The body of literature on adult learning and education for and about the environment has grown over the decades since 1970, the year of the first Earth Day. However, more than 40 years later, the question must be posed: "Are we really making the momentous progress that is essential for an ecosustainable future?" At least a partial answer may lie in an announcement on January 10, 2012, by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic timepiece whose sweep toward midnight signals global environmental disaster, is moving closer to the bewitching hour; it is now 11:55 p.m. (Doomsday Clock, 2012). Solutions to pressing environmental issues require an informed and active citizenry and a strong civil society that can help shape government, market, and personal environmental behaviors. Finger and Asun (2000) point out the current ecological crises are due to turbo-capitalism, predatory financing, and corporate cannibalism that are widening the gap between the few "haves" and the rising number of "have nots". Unless adult education in the Green Jobs Movement recognizes and confronts this, it will offer little aid in redressing environmental problems or in lifting national economies. Doing so will require adult education to become not just "green" but "Deep Green"--reflecting "Deep Ecology" principles. The "deep" movement centers on concentrated questioning, critical analysis, and exploring fundamental root causes of problems (Foundation for Deep Ecology, 2012). It interrogates basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. Adult education for a Deep Green Jobs Movement must be built on more than reform in these three areas--rather, it must fundamentally transform them!
Descriptors: Ecology, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Environmental Education, Emerging Occupations, Conservation (Environment), Economic Change, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Activism, Consciousness Raising, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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