Seminar: Reclaiming Green Democracy and the Educational Implications
A bilingual seminar with Odin Lysaker and Camilla Haugli Nybråten, with the participation of Nayla Naoufal organised by Challenges of Sustainability in Educational Research group.
Ice sculpture outside the Oslo courthouse at night. Paragraph 112 of the Norwegian constitution. Photo: Greenpeace.
Role playing and representations as strategies for working with Socio-Scientific Issues
Camilla Haugli Nybråten.
Role-plays provide relevant ways to explore the interplay of the environment, society, democratic participation and science. In her research, Camilla Haugli Nybråten’s designed a role-play around the climate change lawsuit initiated by Greenpeace, Natur og Ungdom and a coalition of NGOs against the Norwegian government in November 2017. She will discuss the implementation of this role-play with upper secondary school science students.
Reclaiming Green Democracy
Recently, a climate change lawsuit was raised against the Norwegian government. According to the NGOs that were behind the lawsuit, the State has broken its own constitution. Here, it is declared that “[e]veryone has the right to an environment” (§ 112). I claim that climate-change lawsuits contribute to the ‘greening’ of democracy, which draws on green political thought (e.g., Robyn Eckersley and John Dryzek). By this, I mean how to politically tackle today’s planetary climate change, which is documented by UN’s climate panel (IPCC). If so, we may become ecocitizens – even in the age of the Anthropocene.
After Odin Lysaker’s presentation, Nayla Naoufal will make a short comment in light of ecocitizenship theory and education, followed by a collective discussion.
About the speakers
Camilla Haugli Nybråten is a Master’s student at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at the University of Oslo. She also teaches science and is especially interested in role-plays that tackle either “science in the making” or “ready-made-science”.
Odin Lysaker is professor of ethics at the University of Agder. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oslo. Lysaker is also an associate researcher at SUM (Centre for Development and the Environment) at the University of Oslo. Working broadly in the areas of ethics, political philosophy, and social philosophy, he is particularly interested in green democracy.
Nayla Naoufal is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at UiO. In her current work, she interweaves ecocitizenship construction, the arts, the environmental humanities and critical science education. She has also worked for several years as a dance and environmental journalist in various Canadian media.