• For Educators

A Geography of Hope by David Hicks

An inspiring article, written by Professor David Hicks, about the powerful role geography can play in encouraging young people to engage with sustainbility issues.

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Geogaphical Association

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A Geography of Hope
A Geography of Hope
  • For Educators

A Geography of Hope by David Hicks

Theme

Type of Resource

Source

Geogaphical Association

Age Group

About this resource

Based on the author’s keynote lecture at the Geographical Association’s 2013 ‘Looking into the Future’ conference, the article calls for geography teachers and students to equip themselves with important information on three interrelated topics: climate change, peak oil and the limits to growth. Rather than feel hopeless about these issues, Hicks encourages teachers and students to engage with them in an optimisitc way and adopt a solutions focussed mindset.

Why we recommend this resource

This is an encouraging and hopeful piece of writing for all teachers and students, not just geography teachers and geography students. Important and honest information is presented about the challenging nature of climate change, fossil fuel use and limits to growth. Hicks admits that it can feel unsettling to enage with these issue however he believes that by knowing, feeling, choosing and acting in a creative and hopeful way, teachers and students can pave the way when it comes to creating a sustainable future for all.

Goals met by this resource

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal 13: Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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