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The Safety Institute of Australia (Vic Branch) and the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board have worked together to offer a series of half day professional development workshops to be conducted on the 28th March ...

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Education as a response to sustainability issues. Practices of environmental education in the context of the United Nations Decade of education for sustainable development

PhD Dissertation by Katrien van Poeck

University of Leuven, October 2013

 

"The United Nations designated the decade 2005-2014 as the ‘UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development’ (ESD). Practices of environmental education (EE) are facing this changing policy discourse and practice and are challenged to find new ways to relate to it. Drawing on an empirical analysis of the policymaking process in Flanders as well as of seven very diverse EE practices we aim at grasping the educational dynamics emerging in concrete practices within a policy-context focusing on ESD.

 

Throughout the history of EE and ESD education is pre-eminently framed as an instrument to tackle social and ecological challenges through a narrowly conceived process of socialisation. Sustainability appears as a goal that can be reached by applying the proper learning strategies and, thus, education is reduced to the acquisition of those skills, competences, knowledge, or dispositions that are regarded vital so as to qualify people for sustainable behaviour or for active, democratic, and sustainable citizenship.

 

Our analysis of the scholarly discussion about EE and ESD shows how this narrow focus on ‘learning’ is inadequate so as to grasp what is at stake in educational practices addressing sustainability issues. Researchers on EE and ESD point at the importance of educational practices that, in one way or another, take into account the far-reaching implications of sustainability issues. Yet, all the same criticism is raised about the expectation that these educational practices can solve social and political problems. A variety of different opinions exists simultaneously centred around the paradox between acknowledging pluralism and taking into account sustainability concerns. The insights of Bruno Latour and Noortje Marres about ‘public issues’ inspired us to develop a conception of EE and ESD that moves beyond normative socialisation without falling into a sheer plurality of opinions, values, interests, and points of view. Thus, this doctoral research aims at deepening our understanding of what it means to approach sustainability issues as public issues within educational processes.

 

Our analysis of the interaction between policymaking and educational practices shows the emergence of a regime that fosters the ‘privatisation’ rather than ‘public-isation’ of sustainability issues within EE practices. That is, policymakers as well as practitioners and participants are somehow expected to be willing and able to see these practices, think and speak about them and act in/toward them in a very particular way and, as a result, EE practices tend to contain (instead of proliferate) contestation and controversy and to limit (rather than broaden) the public around sustainability issues. Yet, this regime to which ESD policymaking contributes does not force EE practices to the privatisation of sustainability issues. It is ‘merely’ appealing for such practices. As our case study reveals, at particular moments EE practices do create a space for public-isation and, thus, resist the appeal for privatisation. By bringingthisforward in our descriptions we want to invite and inspire the reader to be attentive to different ways of seeing, speaking, thinking, and acting."

 

 


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Definately think environmental studies should form part of childrens learning @ school...... we need to educate to assimilate........ make informed decisions

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Company fined over unsafe work environment | OHS News

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This is an example of negligence on behalf of an employer where operational proceedures are overlooked. Employees and employers should work together to prevent this type of incident.
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Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board – OHS Professional ...

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The Safety Institute of Australia (Vic Branch) and the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board have worked together to offer a series of half day professional development workshops to be conducted on the 28th March ...
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Some of my Uni lecturers form part of SIA and couldnt reccomend them enough

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Mining bill author admits it will cause environmental harm : adverse effects presumed necessary.

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But Sen. Tom Tiffany says wording changes in the legislation were designed to protect the state from a legal challenge. - “We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts."


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Mining companies generally only work in the best interest of the shareholder, when will people wake up?

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“The bill reflects the reality of mining. There are going to be some impacts to the environment above the iron ore body,” said Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “If the law is challenged and ends up in court, the judge needs to know it was the Legislature’s intent to allow adverse (environmental) impacts. That way, a judge can’t find fault if the environment is impacted.”

Tiffany made the admission after being asked Thursday in an interview with the Cap Times how Republicans could continue to claim the mining bill doesn't risk environmental harm when:

It specifically changes the wording of existing state permitting law from “significant adverse affects (to wetlands) are presumed to be unnecessary” to “significant adverse affects are presumed to be necessary.”Bill Williams, present of Gogebic Taconite, which is proposing a massive iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties, said in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article that as much as 30 to 40 percent of the 3,300 acres it is leasing could be covered by waste piles if it builds a $1.2 billion open-pit iron ore mine.The land above the rich vein of iron ore contains hundreds of acres of wetlands, numerous pristine trout streams and several small tributaries that feed into the Bad River. The Bad River wends its way to Lake Superior through the Bad River Indian Reservation, which includes culturally and economically significant rice beds.

“We are simply being honest,” Tiffany says. “There will be some impacts but they will be limited. Changing the word 'unnecessary' to 'necessary' lets the judge know it was the Legislature’s intent that there will be some adverse impacts.”

In a legal context, the wording change proves lawmakers knowingly passed a bill that they accepted would cause some harm to the environment, Tiffany adds, making it more difficult for a lawsuit to be successful on the grounds that a mining permit caused harm to the environment.


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safety benchmarking Archives - Safety and Risk Management

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safety benchmarking - Safety and Risk Management http://t.co/uFePaV7Myf

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Sorry, had to do what the sign told me not to...............

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Fines for OHS violations - Star Phoenix

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REGINA — A Hague business, a Saskatoon business owner and a Tisdale employer have each been fined for occupational health and safety (OHS) violations, the provincial government said in a media release Monday.
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Weren't fined enough if you ask me. Anyone else out there should look at this and ask themselves what a life is worth.
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Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company - Lexology (registration)

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Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company Lexology (registration) The death of one employee and a near miss for another at an Adelaide's desalination water plant has resulted in the highest Occupational Health and...

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Accountability for actions is on the rise and will hit you where it hurts most........in your pocket

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