Book Launch: Learning & Sustainability with Stephen Sterling

A pioneer in sustainability education launches his new collection of essential writings.


5.30pm, Thursday 1 August 2024


Stephen Sterling, Satish Kumar


Old Postern, Schumacher College, Dartington estate, South Devon


About this EVENT

Join us to celebrate the release of Stephen Sterling’s new collection of writings, Learning and Sustainability in dangerous times. Stephen is a long-time friend of the College and his ideas continue to guide and enrich our pedagogy today.

Stephen Sterling is a pioneer in sustainability education. This collection of his essential writings is freshly curated by the author and offers a new overview and chapter by chapter introductions that link together his thinking. Sterling’s work offers a compelling and stimulating perspective on the critical issue of how learning and education can make a decisive difference to securing the future in an increasingly uncertain and threatened world. Together these essays offer a commentary on current debates on rethinking education in the light of multiple global crises and lay out the key elements of educational thinking and practice based on ecological and relational principles that offer a way forward. These essays are essential reading for educationalists and sustainability advocates.

Stephen says: “I am particularly excited to launch the book at Schumacher College, which has inspired me and nourished my work and thinking ever since my first encounter many years ago.”


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Stephen Sterling

Dr. Stephen Sterling is Emeritus Professor of Sustainability Education at the Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth. Stephen has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over four decades. He has an international reputation as a thought leader in sustainability education and is extensively published in this area – including the influential Schumacher Briefing Sustainable Education: Re-visioning Learning and Change (2001). His research interest is in ecological thinking, systemic change, and transformative learning at individual and institutional scales to help meet the challenge of accelerating the educational and learning response to the sustainability agenda and multiple global crises.


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