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    Challenging values to effect change for sustainable future
    Greenfield, Andrew ( 2005)
    The current paradigm in which we live is both environmentally destructive and socially unjust (Furman and Gruenewald 2004). The fundamental values of the paradigm can be traced back to changes in thinking around the time of the scientific revolution; with these values maintained through participation in the constructed dualisms and hierarchies of the capitalist and global market economies (Gruenewald 2003). Environmental education as a school subject does seem to have made much impact on dealing with the environmental crisis as a result of becoming a disciplinary subject. Place based education could challenge the current paradigm through giving place its full cultural identity.