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ERIC Number: EJ902281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
A New Climate: The Time is Now for Colleges to Rally around the Sustainability Movement
Stephens, Rusty
Community College Journal, v81 n2 p48-49 Oct-Nov 2010
Environmentalist Lester Brown famously likened the declining natural environment to a global Ponzi scheme, where the decimation of the planet's natural asset base has yielded high, yet unsustainable economic returns. Brown cited a range of examples, from population growth to food security to air pollution. His claims took on new urgency this year when a team of international scientists published a report in the April "Scientific American" warning that people are no longer within the "safe operating space" of their natural environmental systems. The report warned soberly of tipping points already arrived and approaching, from a decline in biodiversity to irreversible climate change and destructive levels of chemical pollution. Community colleges will be the central driving force as sustainable living becomes the new platform upon which society rethinks, reinvents, redevelops, and transforms. In this article, the author urges community college leaders to renew their sense of who they are and from where they have come and to embrace their colleges and communities in leadership inspired by the critical, growing, learning, developing, and organic new movement in sustainability. Leaders must become students, scholars, and shirtsleeve practitioners of this movement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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