Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Environmental and Sustainability Clubs

  • Grace M. MwauraEmail author
  • Louise Michelle Fitzgerald
  • Priyanka deSouza
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_238

Definition

Environment and sustainability clubs are voluntary student groups promoting participation of students in learning about and working toward the conservation and sustainability of the environment. In this entry, we specifically focus on university environmental clubs whose activities include working within and outside the university as well as globally on matters such as climate justice and sustainable development.

Introduction: Students in a Changing Planet

The growing recognition that humans have tampered with the earth system, overshooting planetary boundaries, has led, since the 1970s, to the birth of widespread environmental social movements. Despite these movements, actions to stop environmental destruction have been slow. This has been ascribed to the neoliberal project of rendering ecology equivalent to the economy in importance, thereby constraining ecological sustainability within the parameters of economic growth (Tulloch and Nielson 2014). This is seen continually...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace M. Mwaura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Louise Michelle Fitzgerald
    • 2
  • Priyanka deSouza
    • 3
  1. 1.African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)NairobiKenya
  2. 2.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Izael da Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Strathmore UniversityNairobiKenya