The photos on the front page were: (a) our glimpse of the sloth at the Universarium, Gothenberg, Sweden, and (b) Colin Hocking, Tonia Gray, Alison Lugg and Amanda Lloyd, part of a strong Australian contingent in Gothenberg for the 8th World Environmental Education Congress, June 29-July 2nd, 2015. The WEEC was attended by approximately 800 delegates from 73 countries.
The congress was centrally located in the lovely city of Gothenberg, allowing us to get around easily on foot/ tram or bicycle. Gothenberg has a very well organised system for bike riding around the city with separate bike paths and bikes that can be picked up and dropped off at various points.
Arjen Wals and Stephen Sterling opened the congress with their usual thoughtful and forward thinking messages. The theme of People and Planet put the focus on educating people for creative and responsible responses to global issues such as climate change. There were 418 presentations over 4 days and many inspiring ideas/ practices and lovely food were shared.
Here are some photos and some comments by other Australian delegates in our network:
“WEEC had an atmosphere of collegial unity and was an excellent forum for building relationships with other academics working in our fields. As a result I am now communicating with colleagues from all over the world about our sustainability education work in Early Childhood Education!”
(Leanne Grogan, La Trobe University)
See the introductory video in which Professor Arjen Wals urges people to participate in the 8th WEEC. To access the video click on the heading below:
In this presentation Professor Wals asks people to think critically about our consumer goods and lifestyles and work together to develop sustainable living solutions. He uses the example of the mobile phone to ask; what kinds of relationships and social consequences result from the ubiquitous use of such consumer goods? What environmental, social and economic issues are generated by their production and distribution? How could we use new technologies in ways that allow us to live more lightly on the Earth? What can educators do to motivate young people to understand the connections between how we live and the health and sustainability of Earth’s ecological, social and economic systems?