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Lighting the Fire: Empowering Youth Towards Sustainability in Nature Camps
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The scale of the sustainability crisis is mounting exponentially as human development pushes the socio-ecological system closer to its limits. 12 to 18 year olds, who are in a formative life stage, are critical stakeholders in the success of addressing this sustainability challenge. This study explores the role of nature camps as powerful platforms for empowering young people towards sustainability. It begins by creating a conceptual framework to identify, define and design youth empowerment towards sustainability (YES). This is then used to identify relevant current practices and activities in the field through qualitative interviews with nature camp practitioners. A focus group is held to trial the YES Framework and collect suggestions for designing camps. Through thematic analysis, five key themes are distilled which link outcomes of camps to addressing specific sustainability issues. The study concludes that nature camps already empower young people towards sustainability, though neither explicitly nor strategically. Based on these findings we see an excellent opportunity to bring together existing knowledge from the field, combined with the YES Framework, to support the creation of nature camps which can empower new generations of young people to engage in strategic sustainable development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Youth Empowerment, Strategic Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Nature Camps, Nature Connection
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-14511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-14511DiVA: diva2:1109823
Subject / course
SL2514 Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Presentation
2017-05-31, J1650, Valhallavägen, 37 141, Karlskrona, 08:40 (English)
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Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved

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