Livingstone, L. (2019) ‘Re-imagining the Heart as an Organ of Knowledge to inspire community engagement in sustainability issues’, Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Swansea, University of South Wales, 4th July.
Re-imagining the heart as an organ of knowledge to inspire community engagement in sustainability issues
ESDGC is concerned with educating young people to recognise that they are part of a wider whole that encompasses a myriad of issues including the environment, societal values and the economy (Welsh Assembly Government, 2008, p. 4). Specifically, the ESDGS makes clear that its main theme is about “values…attitudes, understanding and skills” (Welsh Assembly Government, 2008, p. 4). Given the unprecedented challenges that modern society faces in numerous guises including climate change, ongoing conflict and war, ecological degradation and societal breakdown to name but a few (Abram, 1997, p. 27; de Witt, 2016, p. 202; McGilchrist, 2012, pp. 428–462), in this paper the author asks whether the mode of awareness that may have contributed to the issues that contemporary society now faces, is the best approach to engage with them into the future.