ACSA Webinars
Active & informed citizenship 3

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Dean of Education, Southern Cross University


David Rousell, Senior Lecturer, RMIT

Climate child: A new wave of climate education

Tuesday 24 March 2020 7-8pm AEDT

(session complete, recording available)

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Children are growing up in increasingly precarious times, as rates of anthropogenic climate change, loss of biodiversity, human overpopulation, ubiquitous computation, and biotechnological interventions continue to advance and proliferate with alarming frequency. 

New theoretical, methodological and pedagogical approaches are needed that are responsive to the rapidly changing conditions of the Anthropocene epoch, a time in which humanity has become a geophysical force that is fundamentally altering the Earth's ecological systems (Steffen et al, 2015). The convergence of social, technological, and natural systems has produced what many scholars of childhood now describe as a "posthuman" condition, in which both the biological and cultural figurations of the "child" are being drastically reconfigured and destabilised under conditions of climatic, political, and ecological instability.  

How are children's climate change imaginaries shifting in response to the rapidly changing conditions of life in the Anthropocene? How might children themselves contribute to this re-imagining of climate change futures, in ways that open up new climate imaginaries and potentials for future co-existence? This seminar responds directly to these questions by drawing upon an international research program, entitled Climate Change + Me project involving 150+ youth co-researchers. 

AITSL Standards addressed

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area - climate change education

Why you should attend: 

To engage with the very latest research on climate change education and young people's climate change positionings. 

What you will learn: 

Cutting-edge research on climate change education and young people's climate change imaginaries, and specific content and strategies for teaching climate change.