As of 2018 I am doing quite a lot of teaching, mostly at university level. For the most part I am telling my students what I think they ought to know about ‘sustainability’ but I am becoming increasingly aware that what many people expect is different from what I am teaching. I have now got to a point of trying to analyse two different approaches, which might be called ‘macro-’ and ‘micro-sustainability’ . Macro-sustainability is strategic, largely top-down and involves rapid transitions in factors like carbon emissions and ecosystem services. Micro-sustainability is tactical, bottom-up and involves small local changes assumed to be going in the right direction at the right pace. It can be readily argued that both have a role to play, but for the most part the education system has vigorously embraced micro-sustainability while neglecting macro-sustainability. What follows are some writings on these matters. See also the October 2018 Blog, The Great Paradox.

Micro and Macro-sustainability [.docx, 2018]

In 2016 I attended a conference concerned with ‘micro-sustainability’. After the conference feedback was invited, with a view to publishing considered comments. The following was not published, or even acknowledged, and the reason is probably that what I am suggesting is considered to be a completely different subject outside the framework of ‘sustainability’ as commonly understood, and therefore irrelevant. This is odd, but part of the Great Paradox.

Peer-Reviewed Hippies [.docx, 2016]

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In 2015 the University of Bath held a one-day conference with the purpose of exchanging new ideas for reaching beyond standard classroom teaching. Here are some of the notions I presented, announced by the anti-app logo above: Switch off that smartphone, and get out into the real world.

Out of the Box! [docx, 2016]

I have also experimented with other teaching formats in order to get students or audiences to see issues from both sides. One of these efforts was The Trials of Daisy the Cow, but here is another, older format, where I take opposite sides in a debate, then chair a discussion:

Fossil fuels pro and con [docx, 2005]

A younger model

A younger model