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'Adopt a beach': Educational praxis for sustainability

Davis, J. and Stocker, L. (2006) 'Adopt a beach': Educational praxis for sustainability. In: 14th Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Biennial Conference, 3 - 6 October, Bunbury, Western Australia pp. 239-249.

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In this paper we analyse the role of coastal stewardship as educational praxis for sustainability, using the ‘Adopt a Beach’ programme as an example. Marine and coastal stewardship has become a popular practice among coast-dwelling Australians, for many of whom the beach is a defining feature in their identity. The coast forms a legal and biophysical commons so it offers a portal into an ethical framework for caring for our shared environmental heritage and legacy. We suggest that stewardship is an ethical framework which models environmental citizenship in terms of responsibility for place and accountability to future generations for our current actions. The scope, scale and aims of ‘Adopt a Beach’ programmes in their various forms are examined and we present two detailed case studies which show their potential for developing capacity for environmental stewardship.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Notes: In: Wooltorton, S. and Marinova, D. (Eds) Sharing wisdom for our future. Environmental education in action: Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australian Association of Environmental Education, pp 239-249.
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