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Peter Blaze Corcoran to conduct book signing Saturday

By Staff | Mar 15, 2010

Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran, FGCU Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainable Education, will be signing copies of his latest book, “Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis” at the Sanibel Island Book Shop on March 20.

The Sanibel Island Book Shop will host a book signing on Saturday, March 20 starting at 11 a.m. featuring Sanibel resident and Florida Gulf Coast University Environmental Education professor Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran.

Corcoran will give a brief talk and sign copies of his latest book, co-edited with Philip M. Osano, entitled “Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Principles, Perspectives and Praxis.”

With almost half of the world’s population below the age of 25, Corcoran believes that young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of Earth. Many daunting challenges facing the public can be met as an opportunity for young people to participate positively in the development of a more sustainable future. In order to do so, young people need education, political support, resources, skills and hope.

This volume offers a global perspective on education initiatives by and for young people that promote a transition to sustainability. It includes 38 essays co-authored by 68 contributors from 25 nations, representing a diversity of geography, gender and generation.

James Gustave Speth, formerly of the United Nations Development Programme and Dean Emeritus at Yale University, said of the book, “This important and skillfully-prepared book comes at a critical time. A great strength of this volume is that it blends together theoretical and practical insights regarding education for sustainable development by and for young people. It is written from diverse cultural perspectives from all world regions. Readers from many fields, especially young people and their teachers, will find it timely and relevant. I hope that it will inspire the younger generation to get involved in seeking solutions to the challenges we face.”

For more information on the book signing, call the Sanibel Book Shop at 472-5223 or the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at 239-590-7166 or e-mail cese@fgcu.edu.