Category Archives: Children, Nature & Sustainability

Life Trajectories of Youth Committing to Climate Activism

This article draws from a study investigating the life trajectories of 17 youth climate activists from 14 countries through semi-structured, life memory interviews using Internet-based methods. The interpretations of the interviews focus on the ways in which participants constructed the meanings and functions of experiences and how they represented the nature of the process of … Continue Reading ››

Wildlands for Children: Consideration of the Value of Natural Environments in Landscape Planning

Landscapes are, in part, expressions of culture and they serve a support for the continuance of particular cultures or subcultures. When one looks closely at variations in landscapes and their different impacts upon chil- dren it becomes clear that they serve as important tools in the socialization of children, though neither parents or planners are … Continue Reading ››

The Roots of Environmental Concern

In the first step to construct a model of the development of environmental concern, theories of children's understanding of environmental processes are moral development are reviewed. Connections between development in these fields and development of environmental concern are suggest. It is proposed that there are three motivations for environmental concern, which involve separate but overlapping paths … Continue Reading ››

Action Research: The Critical Role of Children’s Environmental Education in Community-based Sustainable Development

The question of how children become concerned about the environment is a very important one for anyone who believes that a concerned and informed citizen is central to the healthy stewardship of the earth. Child must has been written on environmental education practices, we know very little about how and why children develop a concern … Continue Reading ››

The Roots of Environmental Concern

This paper is a fist stage in the construction of a model of the development of children's concern for the physical environment. To explore this process of development, it will consider sources of environmental knowledge and emotional investment, and some model of the origins of environmental knowledge, emotion and action will be applied to suggest … Continue Reading ››

Affection for Nature and the Promotion of Stewardship in Childhood

The environmental education of children is being promoted as essential to the establishment of a citizenry which is more caring toward the environment. But education will not be enough. In this essay I will argue that deep, lasting concern of the natural world must come from a genuine affection for it, and how this affection … Continue Reading ››

Bridging the Gap: Save the Children’s Transitional Housing Project After the Tsunami in Ampara district, Sri Lanka

This report documents the housing process that Save the Children and its partners developed in the district of Ampara, Sri Lanka after the tsunami. The houses involved were transitional shelters, designed to bridge the … Continue Reading ››

The implications of climate change for children in lower-income countries

This article provides a brief overview of the implications for children of climate change—both of extreme weather events and more gradual changes, along with the adaptations likely to be made at various levels. Because data on the impacts of climate change tend not to be disaggregated by sub-population or by age, there is insufficient knowledge … Continue Reading ››

The impacts of climate change for children in poor urban areas

This paper discusses the particular and disproportionate risks to urban children in poverty from various aspects of climate change, both extreme events and changing means. It explores the potential impacts on children’s health, learning and psychosocial well-being, and considers the implications of family coping strategies for children. The paper goes on to discuss the … Continue Reading ››