Relationship as teacher of sustainability: Post-individualist education

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Cohen, A., Bai, H., & Rabi, S. (2014). In F. Deer, T. Falkenberg, B. McMillan, & L. Sims (Eds.), Sustainable well-being: Concepts, issues, and educational practices
(pp. 23-36). Winnipeg, MB: ESWB Press.

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In the face of destructive human presence, sustainability has become a prominent and central theme of the
contemporary environmental and wellbeing discourse. Our chapter takes the current environmental and
sociopolitical challenges humanity faces as our species’ developmental issue precipitated by the bonding
rupture between human beings and other beings. We propose that the sustainability discourse be taken
in the direction of healing the wounds of bonding rupture and facilitating the evolution of human
consciousness and development of a more mature identity. We posit that the latter is concomitant with
overcoming materialistic individualism and moving towards the relational integration of self, community,
and world. We make the case that these relational practices are intrinsic to evolving and developing
sustainable humanity. In particular, this chapter shows, by way of narrative illustrations, how we may
create teaching and learning environments in schools and other institutions that are conducive to
experiencing and internalizing a relational sense of self.

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