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Engaging children and youth as agents for sustainability

Seminar with Professor Emerita Louise Chawla, University of Colorado Boulder, Wednesday 21 March 2018


In this talk, Louise Chawla presented pivotal experiences in the childhood and youth of people who actively care for the natural world. She related the experiences to a “capabilities approach” to human development, an approach which sees affiliation with nature and opportunities for civic participation as essential forhuman flourishing. Chawla traced the importance of both connection with nature and encounters with environmental injustice, to trigger action for sustainability, with a focus on youth climate activism. She also showed how educators, staff in environmental organizations and local officials can engage young people in protecting the natural world and building sustainable cities.

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About Louise Chawla

Louise Chawla is Professor Emerita in the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Research Fellow in the Community Engagement, Design and Research Center which she helped establish. With a doctorate in Environmental Psychology and a master’s degree in Education and Child Development, her research areas are children and nature, children in cities, the development of committed action for the environment, and participatory urban design and planning. Her new book, Engaging Children and Youth in the
Planning and Design of Sustainable Cities: A Practical Manual, co-authored with Victoria Derr and Mara Mintzer, will be released by New Village Press in the fall of 2018.

Event details

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 11.00-12.00

Linné Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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