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Professional learning for planetary sustainability: thinking through Country

ByMARGARET SOMERVILLE

As we enter the second decade of the twenty-fi rst century, scientists and governments alike acknowledge the urgency of addressing escalating planetary problems. The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change has moved on from providing evidence that global warming is a serious international issue to addressing how we might respond to the disasters that will inevitably result (IPCC 2012 ). In this chapter, I explore the question of how to prepare professional practitioners for their ethical responsibilities to planetary sustainability. I set the chapter in the time of the Anthropocene, the new geological age of human-induced changes to planetary processes, and ask: How can we re-think professional learning in relation to our responsibilities to the planet, and to the more-than-human world?