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Environmental Education This weeks reading focuses on Environmental Education It identifies academic institutions and the media as main actors in environmental struggles and it looks at the conflicts among them to reach their goals As shown by Gillian Symons in Education For Sustainability Environmental Education EE enables one to develop the skills needed to analyze and solve environmental problems It teaches us How and not What to think about the environment It also enhances our decision-making skills as well as develops our critical thinking by increasing our understanding of the environmental challenges we are faced with today The media on the other hand want to teach us what to think and not how to think They do so by choosing a certain framework and presenting it to us by visual means In his work Participatory Democracy in Enemy Territory DeLuca shows how the media filter situations so that they affect profit orientation framing and conventions He shows this in a long analysis of a CBS clip on the Greenpeace confrontation with whalers and he shows how it is presented in a heroic Cold War frame The media are often also intertwined with corporations who incorporate them into their strategy to promote their image and self-interest This has become part of a new rhetoric of Image politics that helps increase corporate power and influence Therefore one needs to be aware of the bias that may exist within EE because of the inevitable interconnection between the media corporations and education One of the accusations made by Donna Lee King in the second chapter of her book Selling Environmentalism to kids is that we are often misdirected because of the contradiction that lies in the simultaneous promotion of conservation and consumption EE and liberal environmentalism assume the possibility of environmental change with political economic and social reproduction This can be illustrated by the ambivalent enviro-tainment cartoon Captain Planet Environmental organizations have often had to
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