Ecopolitics Of Â€˜Green Economyâ€™, Environmentalism And Education
The â€˜green economyâ€™ has emerged as a strong policy direction in Obamaâ€™s administration with $100 billion in dedicated funds over the next decade to provide infrastructure investment for a range of initiatives including alternative energy technologies that will lessen the reliant on foreign oil supplies. The concept of the â€˜green economyâ€™ has appeared at the point of the collapse of neoliberal ideology of deregulation and a new age of poverty after the worst global recession since WWII. First, this paper reviews the claims of â€˜green capitalismâ€™ examining, in particular the promise of distributed energy systems and the â€˜hydrogen economyâ€™ as proposed solutions to the energy problem of the U.S. economy. Second, it proposes a postmodern critique of neoliberal economics before examining conceptions of the green economy and its sustainability. The paper concludes by looking more broadly at the need for a broad shift from anthropocentric conceptions of economy to one based on a systems framework, and in this light, considers the relations among ecopolitics, environmental education and prospects for green capitalism.
Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (May) ()
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