• Radhika Iyengar

Call for Proposals





Environmental and Sustainability Education SIG- CIES 2021


Theme: Our Moral and Social Responsibility to maintain Planetary Boundaries[1]

Radhika Iyengar, Chair, ESE SIG

Carine Verschueren, Program Chair ESE SIG


Please use the following platform for submissions and remember to choose the ESE SIG- https://cies2021.org/call-for-submissions/


Planet Earth is running a temperature: 2010-2019 was the warmest decade on record[2]. Moreover, the worst affected are the most vulnerable in the most marginalized settings across the globe[3]. On the heels of this climate crisis, we slipped into a pandemic. COVID-19 has taught us that humanity can be saved by our collective action to protect each other. The theme for CIES 2021 calls for recognizing the changing contexts and urges us to introspect our social responsibility. The ESE SIG invites practitioners, researchers and youth to share their research, voices and best practices at the SIG sessions. The SIG will consider all papers that discuss the interaction between the four pillars of sustainability-social, environmental, economic and good governance. We encourage the inter-disciplinary approaches and cross-sectoral approaches that use a social responsibility lens and its links to climate, environment and sustainability. ESE SIG will especially welcome research topics that include the following strands-

· Formal education curricula and textbooks:

o Trends and analysis on current formal classroom-based curricula and textbooks that challenge the status quo on the treatment of environmental education and climate change education.

o How can the formal school system understand the larger eco-system to address the climate crises?

o What are some teacher education models and classroom teaching practices and challenges on the climate crises?


· Policies:

o Analysis of the education policies at the global, national and state and local levels with the sustainability lens.

o How are the state and non-state actors influencing policies to drive the sustainability agenda?


· Non-formal education:

o What are the innovative practices of Community-based organizations, NGOs and INGOs that have been pushing the environmental education agenda?

o What are some “best practices” evidence, cross-country case studies that we can learn from?


· Theoretical perspectives:

o The SIG will encourage a well-thought through conceptual piece on the interaction of social responsibility with the climate crises as it relates to the context of the marginalized.


· UN’s Agenda 2030 and its links to education:

o A critical analysis of Agenda 2030 with a plan forward.

o How can Agenda 2030 get the boost it requires from education? What are some of the inter-sectoral analyses and what can we learn from it?


· Change agents in communities and institutions to bring about sustainability in lifestyles:

o What is our social responsibility towards our community members? How can social capital help revitalize our social responsibility towards our environment?

o How can we learn from our immediate environmental issues and participate as a collective?


· Environmental justice and social justice issues:

o How can we learn from various education disciplines (e.g. peace education, environmental education, religious education and civic education) to create a framework that helps to bring a transformative change in education?

o What are some of the intersectionalities between social and environmental issues and where does social responsibility fit in?

o How does climate injustice interact with aspects of gender equality?


· Ethics and morality as it related to the climate crises:

o What are the ethical and moral principles that should guide human behavior and make our lifestyles eco-friendly?

o What is our social responsibility towards our planet and our neighbor?

[1]https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/the-nine-planetary-boundaries.html [2]https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/multi-agency-report-highlights-increasing-signs-and-impacts-of-climate-change [3]https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/06/climate/climate-change-inequality-heat.html



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