New PDF release: Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts

By Samuel Day Fassbinder (auth.), Samuel Day Fassbinder, Anthony J. Nocella II, Richard Kahn (eds.)

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2 In Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis, Richard Kahn criticizes environmental studies, as such, for having been institutionalized as a “hard science” specialization within the modern university: Even the field’s new nationwide professional society, the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences…emphasizes the centrality of physical and biological science to environmental studies issues. (p. ” Thus an appropriately marginal place for cognitive praxis in university education would be agroecology education.

Vandermeer’s claim is that industrial agriculture is in crisis today because it does not adequately take into account the biological makeup of soils, instead choosing to increase agricultural productivity through chemical means (artificial fertilizers, chemical pesticides and 13 S. D. FASSBINDER herbicides, and so on). He also argues that the crises of industrial agriculture as such are part of the expanding capitalist system as it exists today. The journey to Vandermeer’s thesis, attempting to provide a scientific/academic basis for small-scale, “ecological” agriculture as an optimal way to produce food, proceeds rapidly and logically after this paragraph.

91) 18 GREENING EDUCATION Thus in Atwood’s portrayal of the environmentalist cult of the future, Biblical myth is appropriated not to predict Armageddon and the Rapture in present-day fundamentalist fashion, but a future on this Earth, a future in which the centurieslong experiment in nature-appropriation has been brought to a screeching halt. It is too late to solve environmental problems in Atwood’s future, because nobody really has the power to do anything besides look for cheap thrills while conforming to the established standards for “pursuing a career,” as Jimmy/Snowman and Crake do, or to survive against predatory men and abusive labor conditions, which is also what Toby and Ren do.

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