ISOLATION?

Notes from March, 2020. Days on the South West Marine Debris Clean Up scouring the coastline of Lutruwita (Tasmania) alongside volunteers removing rubbish from the beaches, bays and inlets. By Selena de Carvalho When you cross a border nothing changes, because you’re still in the same territory, and everything changes because you are in a …

COVID-19 and Young People’s Sustainable Futures: Worst Case Scenarios?

Futures and Scenario Planning Any glance into the future is necessarily tied to imponderables; there is always more than one possible development path – because there is so much that simply cannot be foreseen and because the future will also be shaped by decisions that we still have to be taken. Today, context is changing …

‘Business-as-usual’? Why COVID-19 Must be a Game Changer.

Each year the international charity, development and advocacy organisation Oxfam releases a report on global wealth and income inequalities. The reports are timed to be released just prior to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January at the Swiss ski resort of Davos (more on this shortly). Oxfam’s 2020 report is …

COVID-19, Young People and the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction (Part 2)

‘…we are currently situated in a posthuman convergence between the Fourth industrial Age and the Sixth Extinction, between an advanced knowledge economy, which perpetuates patterns of discrimination and exclusion, and the threat of climate change devastation for both human and non-human entities…’ Rosi Braidotti (2019) Part 1 of this post on COVID-19, Young People and …

COVID-19, Young People and the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction (Part 1)

In a presentation to a ‘packed room’ just a few months ago – though it seems like another world, another lifetime – I was invited to speak about UNESCO UNEVOC@RMIT’s School of Education agenda for Co-designing sustainable futures for young people in times of crisis and disruption I started that presentation by referencing the United …

The Capitalocene, the Great Dithering, Greta Thunberg’s Plea for Action, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In March 2019 I was part of panel discussion hosted by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA Australia/New Zealand) on the topic of Social Climate Change. This post presents the text of that presentation, which was prefaced with a discussion of the conference/program that we are developing. Young people’s …

Entangling plastics and childhoods in the Anthropocene

The broadcast of David Attenborough’s flagship BBC television programme Blue Planet II has heightened our attention to plastics, especially in the UK. The final progamme in that series documented some of the damage that plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Plastics have come to dominate environmental discourses to the extent that some environmental campaign …