The Sustainable Self: A Personal Approach to Sustainability Education

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Routledge, 2011 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Achieving a sustainable society is the biggest issue of our time. It is not an issue confined to a particular subject area or to certain jobs. It is a way of thinking and behaving that will need to be embedded in all aspects of all of our lives.

The Sustainable Self is the perfect resource for lecturers, trainers, students and professionals of any discipline who need to teach or learn about sustainability. There is widespread agreement that we need to live more sustainable lives. But when up against entrenched habits and everyday obstacles, it can be difficult to turn good intentions into action.

This book presents a complete curriculum for effecting a personal transformation towards sustainability, showing you how to align your personal and professional actions with your values and beliefs. Full of activities that can be done individually or in groups, it is supported by additional resources online including downloadable worksheets and directories of sustainability organisations. Recommended readings at the end of each chapter enable readers to pursue areas of personal or professional interest.

 

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Contents

1 We Matter
1
Personalizing Sustainability
27
Values Matter
65
4 Attitudes Matter
85
Beliefs Matter
107
6 Selfempowerment
127
Sustainability Principles
149
Sustainability Themes
169
Skilful Means
193
10 Sustainability Practice
217
References
245
Index
263
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Paul Murray is Associate Professor in Sustainable Construction and Sustainability at the University of Plymouth, England. He devised the UK's first undergraduate degrees in Environmental Building in the 1990s and was awarded a coveted National Teaching Fellowship in 2004 by the Higher Education Academy for his outstanding contribution to teaching excellence. He used his award to fund the development of values-centred sustainability training techniques, which form the basis of this book.

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