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ERIC Number: EJ881780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Educating Ecological Citizens of "The Blue Planet"
MacPherson, Seonaigh
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v10 n1 p141-156 2005
This paper explores the implications of a renewed model of citizenship and citizenship education developed on the principles of ecology and ecological interdependence. By reframing our community from a human polity to a biotic community, the scope of our citizenship responsibilities shift. While expanding to encompass a global context, this new vision of citizenship deepens our ability to respond--that is, our "response-abilities"--to relationships excluded by the Western Enlightenment tradition of citizenship. Accordingly, drawing back to the Stoics (via Nussbaum) and even beyond Western civilization to Buddhist concepts of universal responsibility, the author presents a program for global ecological citizenship education based on a renewed global form of liberal education; ecological values and ethics; interdisciplinary inquiry; and reflexive practice within a pedagogy of compassion. (Contains 1 note.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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