Sport-environmental sustainability (sport-ES) education

Authored by: Greg Dingle , Cheryl Mallen

Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138666153
eBook ISBN: 9781315619514
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619514.ch6

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Abstract

The vast natural environment of planet Earth is changing, and global-scale human activities are the predominant drivers of such change. Human-induced changes to Earth’s complex and interconnected ocean, freshwater, land, and atmospheric ecosystems have been established through a range of empirical observations and analyses (e.g., IPCC, 2007, 2014; Rockström et al., 2009; UNEP, 2005, 2007). The most recent United Nations (UN) assessment of the state of the Earth’s ecosystems argued that “the currently observed changes to the Earth System are unprecedented in human history” (UNEP, 2012, p. 6). Previous UN assessments have echoed this conclusion (UNEP, 2002, 2007), with one asserting that our Earth had changed “more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history” (UNEP, 2005, p. 1). These conclusions were reached by the work of thousands of the world’s best scientists and several rounds of peer-reviewed research.

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