chapter  5
12 Pages


Teaching to Save the Planet
ByCarlos Alberto Torres

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book focuses on teaching to be an active global environmental citizen. It argues that literacy is the overall goal for all education for transformational development. The book presents the argument that many environmental pedagogies fail because the curricula ignore or do not sufficiently go into the depth and width needed to understand socio-environmental oppression to determine actions necessary and where the actions should be directed. Constructing authentic dialogue begins with discussions between students' and teachers' ingenuous socio-environmental understandings. As critical pedagogies, problem-posing the need for transformation of all social structures is foundational of ecopedagogies towards the goal of praxis within socio-environmental justice models. Ecopedagogical spaces must be full of dialogue on what is the balance between local contextual development and sustainability and within global and planetary spheres, because all three must be satisfied for true development.