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Ecomedia Literacy Special Issue: Bridging media, technology, youth media, and arts education with education for sustainability

PDF: JSE Call for Papers-May 2020 Special Issue Media Literacy

Historically there has been a divide between practitioners of media education and environmental education. The causes vary, but can be traced to the legacy of how media studies has neglected to examine the environmental consequences of information and communications technology (ICT), and a historical distrust of technology and media among environmentalists. In recent years emerging fields are bridging this gap, including ecomedia studies, environmental humanities, environmental communication, green cultural studies, ecocinema studies, postcolonial ecocriticism, and ecocriticism. We now have an opportunity to bring sustainability educators into the conversation by exploring mutual interests and crossover between media and sustainability educators. This special issue intends to open up this discussion with innovative and cross disciplinary scholarship and case studies. We seek academic literature, personal essays, media, and other publishable works.



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December 2017 General Issue: Curriculum and Change “Educating for Water Resilience in the Context of Climate Crisis”

To coincide with United Nations World Water Day: March 22, 2020

PDF: JSE Call for Papers-March 2020 Special Issue-Water & Climate Crisis

“We are now on the verge of water bankruptcy in many places around the world with no clear way of repaying the debt.” (World Economic Forum Water Initiative, 2011, pp. 1-2)

Humanity’s relationship with water is inextricably linked to the sustainability of life of Earth.  Our ability to sustainably interact with the water cycle at all scales—from global to local—is a clear prerequisite for mapping a long-term sustainable future, one that includes food security, human health, peace between water-sharing regions, sustainable economies, healthy ecosystems, sustained biodiversity, and social justice.

Today, water security has never before been so threatened by anthropogenic actions, and the resulting water insecurity is often framed as a “wicked problem.” Driven by a burgeoning global population, global water demand is anticipated to increase by 55% by 2050 (United Nations World Water Assessment Programme [UN WWAP], 2015), and the global water deficit is projected to reach 40% by as soon as 2030 (UN WWAP, 2016).  And while the Human Right to Water was adopted by the United Nations as binding international law nearly a decade ago, today more than 2 billion people—about 30% of the global population—still do not have their right to water fully realized (World Health Organization, 2017).  Threats to water security are further—and severely in many local contexts—exacerbated by the impacts of the unfolding anthropogenic climate crisis.

Given these realities, the need for water action has emerged as a leading priority on the global policy and sustainable development stage, as signified by the 2015 inclusion of a stand-alone United Nations Sustainable Development Goal—SDG 6—specifically related to water.  It is recognized that water security sits at the nexus of many different societal needs and will require interdisciplinary approaches to address, particularly in the context of climate change.



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