The 8th WEEC congress is now open
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress has been opened on Monday, June 29th, in Goteborg (Sweden) during an opening ceremony chaired by Katarina Gärdfeldt, director of the centre of environment and sustainability GMV at University of Goteborg and Chalmers University of technology (Sweden).
At the moment over 800 participants from 75 countries are attending the Congress, that will finish on Thursday.
The most numerous delegations are from Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Brazil.
The congress has been set up thanks to the help of 85 volunteers that facilitate languages, logistic and so on.
During the opening ceremony Mario Salomone, General Secretary of the WEEC network said that he is proud to contribute to build awareness, capabilities, participation, and ecological citizenship, "We are very happy – he said – for this intersection and true crossroads of institutions, actors from civil society, scientific researchers, experiences and competencies, making the congresses a friendly site where top down and bottom up initiatives and where academia, public bodies, associations, companies can enhance dialogue and collaboration". The network must be built now to ensure dissemination information about activities, to promote events and publications via website and newsletter, to enable collaborations and partnerships, to better to inform about what is happening in the world. (Read all the speech here)
Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, co-chair of WEEC 2015 and Pam Fredman, vice-chancellor of University of Goteborg focus on the transitions and the role of students in this process aimed to achieve education to all (all countries, all genders, etc) .
John Holmberg, vice president for Chalmers University of Technology has pointed out the rule of university in order to promote the transformation and integration of the educational system.
The Director-General of Unesco, Irina Bokova has reminded the delegates the past WEEC congress in Morocco and the continuity that links the environmental education congresses. "Green societies for green citizenship education for sustainability – she said – must stand in the heart of the political agenda".
"Unep commitment on environmental education – said Achim Steiner, Unep Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the united Nations – remains strong than ever".
Arjen Wals WEEC 2015 co-chair and Professor at Wageningen University and University of Goteborg said that different approches and solutions can be mixed. Local solutions can be shared and this exchange of best practises and information has been one of the main goal since the first WEEC congress.
The 8th WEEC congress is now open, good luck for this new challenging adventure!
8th WEEC Greetings of the Secretary-General
Distinguished representatives of the international institutions, of the City of Gothenburg and of Gothenburg and Chalmers Universities, dear friends and colleagues involved in environmental education, many warmest thanks for attending this 8th congress in Gothenburg.
Many thanks also to all people unable to attend the congress for a lot of reasons as scarcity of funds or personal problems, but interested in the EE and in our congresses.
Many thanks to the Gothenburg and Chalmers universities, to the scientific and advisors committees, to the GMV Centre for environment sustainability, to the staff at the Local organizing committee and at the Permanent Secretariat and, of course, to all bodies that are helping us.
Your participation is going to give value to the meeting.
All people will leave the congress with a luggage richer in terms of new friendships, partnerships, contacts, suggestions, best practices, and, I hope, all people will leave the congress more open-minded and with an improved motivation and enthusiasm.
Since 2003 this is the spirit and the main aim of the world environmental education congresses.
Since 2003 we reached four continents collecting thousands and thousands of people of different cultures, languages, religions.
On Thursday we will announce where the 9th congress will be held in 2017 and from now we encourage all you to consider a candidacy for the 10th congress in 2019.
The call for bids opens today.
Since 2013 we are also engaged in building in Europe a regional network and a Pan-European area of consultation on the environmental and sustainability education.
So, I take the opportunity to invite all European attendees to join the Third Pan-European Days of environmental education that will be held on 1st and 2nd October in Barcelona, organized by Government of Catalonia - I thank warmly - jointly with the Permanent Secretariat and the network of Regions Four Motors for Europe. I encourage all of you to get involved and contribute to the discussions.
You can find more information on the special website of the event at the network international website.
Dear participants to the 8th congress in Gothenburg
We are proud for the capacity of our worldwide community to organize an international meeting each two years.
We are proud to contribute to build awareness, capabilities, participation, and ecological citizenship.
We are very happy for this intersection and true crossroads of institutions, actors from civil society, scientific researchers, experiences and competencies, making the congresses a friendly site where top down and bottom up initiatives and where academia, public bodies, associations, companies can enhance dialogue and collaboration.
Distinguished authorities, dear friends, dear colleagues,
But we are not proud; we are not satisfied with the present, sad world.
In the present world there are too many wars, to many walls, too many refugees and migrants, too many social injustices, too huge ecological debt, too much violence, to dangerous military expenditures...
The humankind seems orphan of horizons of solidarity, of dreams, of freedom, true democracy, and participation.
In too many countries the humankind is hostage of egoism, xenophobia, fear, "business as usual"...
This framework is closely linked with this 'robbery' of the planet that continues unabated, and indeed worsens.
It is that I call "Syndrome of Phileas Fogg", from the novel of the French writer Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg burn all wood on his steamship for reaching United Kingdom on time for winning the bet. As Phileas Fogg on the boat Henrietta, we are burning renewable and non-renewable resources for supporting an impossible and unsustainable socio-economic system. We are burning our future and the right of future generations to enjoy the great beauty of the Earth, its biodiversity and to live safe and peaceful.
In general, the atmosphere is not encouraging, as the main focus is on the growth, whatever the cost of growth is both for humankind and for the planet.
In many countries, the economic crisis and public spending reduce the funding available for environmental education that is not considered essential.
So, all actors engaged in environmental education over the world need the network to be strengthened.
So, we are opening a campaign of formal adhesion to the network.
So that to be able to disseminate information about your activities, to promote events and publications via website and newsletter, to enable collaborations and partnerships, to be better informed about what is happening in the world.
Since we are working on the extension of the network, we will welcome any support and direct engagement both at the cultural and scientific level and on the initiatives of the network.
I thank you for your attention.
My warmest wishes and a happy and useful congress!
Barcelona will host the 3rd Pan-European Days of Environmental Education toward Sustainability
The 3rd edition of Pan-European Days of Environmental Education toward Sustainability will be held in Barcelona, the 1st and the 2nd of October 2015.
This upcoming 3rd edition is organised by the Minister for Territory and Sustainability of the Catalan Region with the support of the Secretariat of World Environmental Education Congress and the Four Motors for Europe.
This event aims to bring new ideas to further developing quality environmental education projects and improving their impact and assessment. Moreover, it aims at creating an European ESD Network to promote the exchange of practices, to collect knowledge and partnerships, and to be representative of ESD stakeholders.
Read more on the website
Climate change 2015
In the Fall of 2014, the association "Paris Education 2015" wrote a position paper entitled "Paris Climate 2015: Let's Also Talk About Education." As a result, the French Government, and in particular the Ministry of National Education, designated a Thematic Day to discuss education for sustainable development during the COP21 that will take place in Paris in December 2015.
The text below serves as a proposal, so that, in accordance with their respective governments, Ministries of Education gathered in Paris during the conference on Climate Change:
- Express and affirm the significant role education can play in the transition towards sustainable development.
- Decide to build the necessary mechanisms to accelerate an educational transition by dedicating a significant part of carbon commerce and taxation to this project.
- Create a national and international legal framework to share revenues generated by greenhouse gases.
To reach these goals, we hope to obtain a maximum of signatories for this memorandum and give it more punch in order to influence decision makers.
We would be honored to count you as a signatory who would participate in this adventure towards a necessary change in education as a tool to fight against climate disturbance.
For signing the text, the form is at this address. Thank you for sharing it as widely as possible
44th NAEE conference: you're invited!
Take this opportunity to share your resources with more than 1,000 environmental educators from across the continent and around the world. Please consider joining us for the 44th annual North American Association for Environmental Education conference in San Diego, October 15-18.
Choose from three exciting opportunities to connect. Save with Early Bird pricing and package discounts!
Job position in Camberra
The Crawford School is the Australian National University seek to appoint an outstanding early to mid career researcher to enhance the group's capabilities in research, education and policy impact through an appointment in the field of resources and environment management in a development context.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. Geography, Anthropology, Political Science or related fields) and have experience of undertaking applied and locally grounded research in countries of the Asia-Pacific region, strong teaching skills and a passion for learning and education.
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Applications close 29 June
Voices of future generation, calling child authors from Latin America and the Pacific
To celebrate the 25 th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, A new Series of Children's Books titled "Voices of Future Generations" has been launched by a consortium of leading educational charities and international agencies, in cooperation with the United Nations.
At this time, they invite primary school children ages 8-12 to prepare 1-3 short stories (5 pages) about imaginary child characters from your region of the world, along with a 100-wordbiography, and submit your entry to the International Contest.
They especially seek child authors from Latin America and the Pacific Islands, who are concerned about justice, the global environment, education and children's rights. Gold and two silver prize certificates will be awarded to children of each focus region, and the top chosen child authors will join a special global cohort of leading children whose stories will be shared worldwide.