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‘Brighter futures, greener lives’: children and young people in uk sustainable development policy

Bethan Evans and Emma-Jay Honeyford

in Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0004
‘Brighter futures, greener lives’: children and young people in uk sustainable development policy

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In this chapter we analyse the ways in which young people are positioned in sustainable development policy. Given the emphasis on the future in policy engagements with young people, analysing the position of young people in sustainable development policy provides a lens through which to explore the temporal logics governing such policy. We draw attention to some of the implications of particular orientations to the future in contemporary policy for children and young people Our discussion is divided into the following four sections: first, drawing on recent work in geography we provide a brief outline of key debates concerning childhood/youth and sustainable development in relation to future-focused policy. We then present some background to the policy on which we base our discussion and situate this within broader policy concerning Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We then present analysis of the document Brighter futures, greener lives (DCSF, 2008) before concluding.

Keywords: Sustainable development; Future; Temporality; Hope

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