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Youth voices and the environment

Environmental consequences of human interventions tend to be long term, so young people will be disproportionately affected by decisions about the environment made today. However, children and young people tend to be excluded from decision making processes which affect them, despite protection of their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our work focuses on youth experiences of and perspectives on environmental issues. To date, we have researched youth experiences of extractive industries, environmental protest and the role of teachers and schools in environmental activism.

Call for papers

The December 2021 issue of School Science Review will focus on science education in the context of the climate crisis and will be co-edited by Lynda Dunlop and Elizabeth Rushton. Submit an article or found our more information.


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Dunlop, L., Atkinson, L., & Turkenburg, M. G. W. (2021). The environment and politics in science education – the case of teaching fracking. Cultural Studies in Science Education.

Dunlop, L., Atkinson, L., Stubbs, J., & Turkenburg, M. G. W. (2020). The role of schools and teachers in nurturing and responding to climate crisis activism. Children's Geographies.

Dunlop, L., Atkinson, L., & Turkenburg, M. G. W. (2020). Perspectives on fracking from the sacrifice zone: young people’s knowledge, beliefs and attitudes. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, (3), 714-729.

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