Citizens and scientists are devising new strategies of learning & teaching in the face of abrupt climate and environmental change we must now all confront. We are a fossil-fueled civilization everywhere now on the globe. We need to make the transition to become a solar-sustainable civilization. For this reason “transition studies” form the most valuable and urgent realm of education for citizens, scientists and the entire global community as we face the human costs of environmental transformation driven by abrupt climate change.
- Planning for a Sustainable Future on a Finite Planet: Where Can We Turn to Learn in the Midst of Abrupt Change? – Part 1
- Why Transition Studies?
As it turns out, it would seem that novelists and creative artists may be the ones to help us envision the kinds of moral compass we each need now to develop in times of abrupt change. Charles Dickens addressed this in his fictional account, The Tale of Two Cities, but it is likely that he encountered uncomprehending editors and a troubled public as he explored the moral ambiguity of revolutionary times.
In many ways we are now living in the midst of a tale of two “cities” and two states of mind. See:
- A Tale of Two Realities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,… (2013)
- Cities and States – A Tale of Two Cities & Two States of Mind
and for some reflections on the role of higher education in these circumstances see:
- Education in the Face of Catastrophe: What Do We Really Learn from Universities in Times of Global Crisis?