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Ethiopian students’ relationship with their environment: implications for environmental and climate adaptation programmes

Campbell, Eleanor, Skovdal, Morten and Campbell, Catherine (2013) Ethiopian students’ relationship with their environment: implications for environmental and climate adaptation programmes. Children's Geographies, 11 (4). pp. 436-460. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

Historically the voices of young people have been excluded from research and debates about how to respond to environmental degradation and climate change. To include the perspectives of young people in the climate change and adaptation debate, we conducted a Photovoice and draw-and-write project with 29 school students in Ethiopia, through which students were given a platform to explore their social representations of the environment. Thematic analysis of our findings suggested that young people have a deep appreciation of the moral, health-related and economic importance of the environment, a commitment to preserving it and a sense of responsibility and agency in relation to contributing to this preservation. Students saw environmental degradation as reversible, through a combination of commitment by themselves, local government and the global community. We conclude by discussing ways our findings might best be taken up in school-level programmes to strengthen youths’ existing social networks for the consolidation of ‘green’ identities, action and activism.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cchg20/current
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 15:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44820/

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