The global south is rich in sustainability lessons that students deserve to hear
A Western bias limits progress, so educators must share how communities in the developing world manage environmental change, argues Harini Nagendra.
The limited Western view of sustainability is stifling progress, just as the world faces crises over water, climate change, energy and biodiversity. That view also does a disservice to the variety and creativity of thinking and actions on sustainability in societies across the globe. Developing countries face the most acute challenges in this regard, yet they have the widest gaps in knowledge. Solutions that work in one place might fail in another. Excessive consumption, inequity and social injustice are not questioned enough.
By Harini Nagendra