Two academics from Edge Hill University have contributed to a major UN report about sustainable development.

Professor Geoffrey Beattie from Psychology and Dr Laura McGuire from Education were selected to be contributing authors of the United Nations International Commission on Education for Sustainable-Development-Practice Report.

This UN report, which is due for publication in January 2019, is issued every 10 years to ‘define priorities in sustainable development education for the coming decade’. Their 6000-word contribution was based on their on-going research on implicit attitudes to sustainability and the need to build this into educational initiatives to close the ‘value-action’ gap when it comes to climate change.

The commission is based in the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and is world-leading for its work on sustainable development. There were 40 contributing authors from across the globe, including the U.S., Australia, Europe, Nigeria, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Pakistan and Bangladesh who were selected to contribute to the final report.

Each individual 6000 word report will be available on the United Nations Sustainable Development website for public view.

“It is a great honour to be involved in something of such global importance,” said Geoff. “Climate change requires urgent and widespread behavioural adaptation but this has proven very difficult in the past. We are suggesting a different way of thinking about this issue and see the processes of education as critical to changing thinking, values and behaviour.”

“We need to ensure that new educational initiatives explain what needs to be done and what can be done using the most up-to-date thinking, to guarantee all our futures,” added Laura.

The academics have also written a new book The Psychology of Climate Change, based on their research.

Published by Routledge, the new book has entered the Amazon Best Seller list under Global Warming and Ecology.