Children and environmental education: speeches on “the future generations” and notes on a possible contribution in the area
Authors: Vânia Roseane Pascoal Maia, Carlos R. S. Machado
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This paper proposes a discussion of the speeches that addresses children as “fu- ture projects”, those that society, family and other institutions have the intention and duty to prepare for later times, being remembered, so as promises and depending for that, “in- vestments” programmed. Furthermore, we bring the concepts of nature as well as a place that needed to be “preserved”, were to rebuild “balanced and harmonious relations” for the good of everyone. Our hypothesis is that the content and processes of some productions and speeches, while assuming the position of serving all, on behalf of future generations and with the nature / environment as unique and shared responsibility, produce the idea of having a unique perspective and vision, so no conflicts or differences of interests. Mo- reover, when accomplish this - while symbolic production – their effective action practice the defense and the interests of a few. This means, those who speak (speech issue) and that by disregarding the differences related to the children in the present, contextualized and belonging to a particular class, contribute to obscure the roots of inequalities that generate social and economic disparities, thus reproducing, through hegemonic discourse and also, in some cases, “adultcentered” (selfishly centered on the adult), unequal relations that sus- tain social and environmental injustice exist today, in Brazil, as in the city of Rio Grande.