Local Knowledge, Communication and Global Connectivity
Nowadays, environmental change directly influences human activities as it can cause the disturbance or problems directly to the quality of life and living conditions of human. Also, it has the effect indirectly in the mean of natural disasters. Accordingly, the environmental movement efforts to configure policies, measures and implementation plans in order to address an increasing number of today’s environmental issues as well as nature conservation and repairing and preventing environmental degradation.
Focusing on Environmental education, it refers to a significant approach for sustainable development of environment that requires technology as a medium for effective transfer of knowledge to learners or human beings. In other words, human beings, including individuals, families, communities, societies, country, region and global level, can manage their behaviors to live sustainably because of deeply understanding environmental education.
Importantly, the environmental education allows individuals to explore environmental issues, to raise their awareness and to be responsible for environmental care in their society. In addition, people will be able to share one’s knowledge and academic experiences to others. As a result, the exchange or the reciprocal knowledge will bring solutions concerning global change and climate change for the present and future.
10th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2019) is an international conference that aims to build participants’ academic cooperation, in which it encompasses scholars, researchers, educators, professors and local philosophers from all over the world.
This congress also provides opportunities for young generation, especially those from developing countries, to learn and to exchange knowledge as well as to contribute their ideas for solving current and future environmental problems. Moreover, those ideas will be educated, developed and communicated to various target groups of people around the world, such as presidents, planners and public officers, with the purpose of building a global community which has ability to solve globally environmental problems and to create a better and greener world. Additionally, as the congress will be held in Thailand, participants can explore around the city and discover the beauty of cultural attractions in Bangkok.
Importantly, it is a great opportunity for participants to study and truly understand the Sufficient Economy Philosophy: a practical knowledge of the greatest King Bhumibol Adulyadej Boromanad Bophit’s, eventually share or spread of the knowledge to their own countries.
3 Sections of Theme (Sub-Themes)
For the first time the World Environment Education Congresses land in Asia, in a country like Thailand, rich in history, nature, art and traditions. It is the Tenth World Environmental Education Congress, an event that we want to celebrate with a congress rich in themes and suggestions. The title of the 10th WEEC (Local Global Connectivity) refers to the relationship between local knowledge and global connectivity.
On the one hand, local knowledge (based on direct relationship with places, experience, heritage inherited from generation to generation) offers contextualized solutions, technologies appropriate to diversity of situations, sense of belonging, emotional involvement, participation opportunities and concrete action.
On the other hand, humans are linked by a common destiny: they are now connected by thousand powerful channels of communication and are mutually interconnected by the effects of everything that happens on the globe. Continuous exchanges of materials and information are the hallmark of the phase that humanity has come to. More than ever, the classic statement of environmental thought that every local thing is global and vice versa is true.
Presentations can be used to describe and / or discuss and comment on theoretical positions, researches, criticality, educational challenges, methods, good/best practices, and educational tools.
Presentations may have different formats, but all of them will obviously have a reference to the educational aspects and sub-themes listed here.
Of course, each group of participants will be maybe fascinated by specific paths through the themes. For example:
- Teachers and trainers, interested in their work in schools, will focus on Methods and Science about Teaching and Learning EE and sustainability education.
- NGO’s and civil society will be engaged and interested in change towards a sustainable society, in cooperation for EE and sustainability education, in experiences, outcomes, educational challenges.
- Politics and media in bringing international contracted goals into reality, and systemic work in politics and media.
- Vulnerable groups and the call for Eco-justice will focus on strategies, experiences, challenges and solutions for change.
The organizers of the 10th WEEC in year 2019 would like to stress that the sub-themes are suggestions and not watertight compartments or sealed boxes. So, interaction and cross-disciplinary papers and discussion among the delegates will be encouraged.
1 : Local Sphere
1.1: Understanding and social use of science: science-society-technology-environment and participation.
1.2: Ageing Society and sustainability.
1.3: Sufficiency Economy for sustainability, sustainable consumption and lifestyles.
1.4: Waste and Pollution Management through Environmental Education.
1.5: Learning based on sustainable and solidarity agriculture.
1.6: Disaster Preparedness, Climate change adaptation and mitigation.
1.7: Natural Resources and Livelihood.
1.8: Research, Design and Innovation (water for life, food security, sustainable energy, carbon footprint, health risk, education promotion
1.9: Eco-citizenship, democracy and mobilization: participatory processes and citizen’s involvement in democratic decision-making processes.
1.10: Stakeholders in dialogue: educating public and private organizations for a common task.
2 : Communication Sphere
2.1: Science Communication and Social Media.
2.2: Interpretation of Science and the Environment.
2.3: Environmental Education Programs: Non-Formal Education.
2.4: Environmental Ethics, Philosophy and Culture.
2.5: The political dimension of Environmental Education.
2.6: Environmental Promotion and Networking.
2.7: Digital Technology Learning and Environmental Education.
2.8: Early Childhood Education and Environmental Education.
2.9: Environmental/Sustainability Education, Teachers education and Methodologies for a really effective, empowering, and transformative education.
2.10: Social Responsibility and Economics Balancing
3 : Global Connectivity Sphere
3.1: World Green Remediation: education as crucial tool for social, environmental and climate justice and equity in a greener society.
3.2: “Common good” and future well-being without poverty.
3.3: Urban Ecosystem and Sustainability.
3.4: Health, risks and safety, and food sustainability.
3.5: Gender Equality, Environmental Education and Sustainability.
3.6: Educational policies between renewal and not honored commitments.
3.7: Global Challenge and Policy.
3.8: Community and Global Responsibility.
3.9: Consciousness and Ecological Tourism.
3.10: Peace as a socio-ecological issue.