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ESD training held by IED in Shanghai

A two-day Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Teacher Training programme was organized by the Beijing Institute for Environment and Development (IED) together with the Shanghai Oasis Ecological Conservation and Communication Center in Shanghai, in Shanghai on 10-11November, 2010. Professor Tian Qing from Beijing Normal University was invited as the key speaker to introduce the value of  the Earth Charter in ESD. The event was a great success,  with the introduction of the Earth Charter as one of the main highlights.

The event is part of the IED’s project, Youth Sustainability & Energy Education (YSEE). The training programme brought together 20 classroom teachers in Shanghai to exchange their perceptions and experiences of the philosophy and approaches of ESD.

Prof. Tian and another ESD expert, Liu Jian from People’s Education Press, led the training sessions. Prof. Tian explained that the Earth Charter is a balanced and effective expression of global ethics. She suggested that we should teach our future generations how to see the world under such a framework, and we should take responsibility to achieve greater respect for the community of life. Her call for embracing these principles in teaching was echoed by the audience.

Through this event, the teachers have not only opened their minds and updated their knowledge to the newly acquired knowledge, but IED also now better understands the practical difficulties and the needs of these teachers. Moreover, The Earth Charter Guidebook for Teachers, now available in Chinese, was sent to the participants to provide a better understanding of EC and its value in education.

For more about IED and their activities, please visit www.ied.cn (in Chinese only).

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East Asia workshop on education for sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles

 
                                          

     
In early December 2010, over forty participants (among them several Earth Charter Initiative members from China) met for a two day workshop on Education for Sustainable Consumption in China, Japan and Republic of Korea. The workshop was organized in cooperation between the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan, the Environmental Education Center at Beijing Normal University (EEC-BNU), and the Center for Environmental Education and Communication under the Ministry of Environmental Protection China (CEEC-MEP). The participants included relevant government officers, practitioners and civil society members, and experts in ESC from research universities and international organizations including UNESCO and UNEP. This workshop allowed the opportunity to investigate the current status of ESC in each country, to address the current policies and strategies of the three countries’ governments for promoting sustainable consumption, and to exchange productive dialogues on how best to strengthen the implementation of ESC in East Asia. It was recognized that it is necessary to increase the capacity of governments to plan and implement effective ESC, and several recommendations were formulated on how best to achieve this.

These recommendations included:

  • Identifying clear policy mechanisms and strategies for promoting sustainable consumption and influencing consumer behaviour. ESC should be integrated with policy efforts on both Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
  • Capacity building for government officers to effectively promote ESC.
  • Utilize the strong existing frameworks on Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in each country to implement ESC.
  • Develop pilot projects under which effective implementation of ESC can be experimented with and tested prior to national implementation.
  • Strengthen linkages between national policies and local level implementation and also between top-down and bottom-up approaches. Better linkages between government and civil society can also help to achieve these linkages.
  • The promotion of sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in East Asia should establish a strong connection with traditional cultural values as the countries already have good examples of sustainable livelihood practices and community practice rooted in traditional cultural values.
  • Engage more directly with citizens’ needs and concerns especially related to well-being and quality-of-life, as a connection with sustainable consumption can move concerns from an individual dimension to a social dimension.

The workshop participants also recognized the importance of continued cooperation at both the tripartite, regional and international levels. With this in mind several opportunities for cooperation on ESC were identified: the CSD 19 meeting & development of a 10 Year Framework of Programs on SCP, the Partnership for Education and Research on Responsible Living (PERL) & its recently formed Asia-Pacific Regional PERL Network, the Asia-Pacific Roundtable on SCP. Finally, the participants also identified a strong opportunity for future three country cooperation on ESC initiatives which could be incorporated into the action plan of the Tripartite Environmental Ministers Meeting (TEMM).

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Celebrating Earth Day in Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA), got involved in several Earth Day related activities and publications, including special issues of newspapers.  Information on these can be found here in this document (in Mandarin).   The following is a summary of this document’s content:
 
1.      TESA’s vision and objectives.

2.      An article in Taiwan Church News (2010/4/12-18  # 3033) “Vision for a Sustainable Future – Introduction of EC+10 in Taiwan” and its background article called “Winning the Struggle Against Global Warming” (2009/6/6) by Brendan Mackey

3.      Articles under the theme “Serving God Saving the Planet” in Christian Tribune (2010/4/16-19, 20-22, 23-26 # 3172, 3173 & 3174)

4.      “Earth Charter and Biodiversity” Presentation by Dr. Hen-Biau King (President of Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China) in the Press Conference (2010/4/22) at Taitung University

5.      Press Conference at Taipei NGO House (2010/4/22) for the publication of the book “Ecopsychology — Restoring the Earth; Healing the Mind” (Where Psyche Meets Gaia)

6. “Green Arts Festival”, celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with the theme “Go Green!” in Taipei (2010/4/24-25) Taipei

7-8. Asia Pacific EC+10 activity in Taitung, Taiwan. 2010/10/20-23

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NEW interview with Maurice Strong released!

Earth Charter International releases an inspiring video interview with Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of the 92 Earth Summit and member of the Earth Charter Commission. In this interview made in Beijing, China in early September 2009, Maurice Strong shares his thoughts on:

1. The Earth Charter
To watch this specific part of the interview click here.

2. Peace and Sustainability  
To watch this specific part of the interview click here.

3. Rio+20 in 2012  
To watch this specific part of the interview click here.

4. Climate Change
To watch this specific part of the interview click here.

5. His Motivation in Life 
To watch this specific part of the interview click here.

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Preparing EC+10 celebration in Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA), Earth Charter Affiliate, has been working hard to prepare for next year’s celebration of the Earth Charter’s 10th anniversary.  They have been organizing a series of workshops for the general public, the topics are:

1. Ecological Philosophy
2. Nature Writing
3. Environmental Education
4. Green Economics
5. Permaculture
6. Ecofeminism.
7. Aldo Leopold: The Father of Ecological Conservation
8. E, F Schumacher: The Prophet of Sustainability
9. J. Baird Callicott: Beyond the Land Ethics
10. Holmes Rolston, III: The Father of Environmental Ethics
11. Paelapang Danapan: Indigenous Literature in Taiwan
12. From Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Earth Charter

On Thursday 22 October 2009, TESA participated in the 2nd Golden Autumn Earth Day, which is a national Forum on Sustainable Living that took place in Taichung, central Taiwan. In this occasion, TESA announced the plans for EC+10, and invited participants to join the celebration. 

TESA has decided to organize the 3rd Golden Autumn Earth Day next year around the EC+10 activity at Taidong, eastern Taiwan, Province of China . This event will take place on 20-23 October 2010. The topic is Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Futures.

For more information, contact TESA: taixneco@seed.net.tw

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Peking University receives an Earth Charter delegation in their premises

A meeting that brought together approximately 20 professors, 30 to 40 students, and the Executive Vice President and Provost of Peking University, Dr. Jianhua Lin, with Ruud Lubbers, Earth Charter Commissioner and Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter Secretariat was held on 10 September, 2009. At the end of the two hour meeting an interesting discussion took place around the need to further stimulate education for sustainable development and how useful the Earth Charter can be in such effort. A number of professors and students expressed interest in the Earth Charter and its linkages with Chinese traditional values.

 

Professor Tu Weiming from Peking University closed with remarks which called the University to embrace the Earth Charter and use it as part of its teaching and activities.  You can find more information and pictures on Peking University page.

 

The purpose of this trip of Earth Charter representatives to China was to visit institutions, share information about the Earth Charter Initiative, and seek collaboration.

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Taiwan, Province of China: TESA Series in Thought and Praxis of Environmental Ethics

The Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA), Earth Charter Affiliate in Taiwan, has developed the abovementioned material. This series consist of four volumes. The title of one of the volumes is: “From Land Ethics to Earth Charter.” The volumes are in Taiwanese and have 1,192 pages. The editor of this series is Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen, general secretary and founder of TESA. The content is mainly intended as reference reading for the general education on environmental ethics related courses in university, and can be very informative also for the school teachers, churches or NGOs.

 

The price of a set is NTD 1,150, or USD 40 and it can be obtained through Nancy TzuMeíChen at taixneco@seed.net.tw

 

 

The following are more details about the contents of TESA Series in Thought and Praxis of Environmental Ethics:

 

Introduction to TESA Series in Thought and Praxis of Environmental Ethics

“The Island Country Taiwan needs Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Development” by Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (Executive Director of Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Taiwan Academia Sinica)

 

Introductions to Volume 1 by Dr. Hen-biau King (Director of Taiwan Forestry Research Institute) and Dr. Tze-tsao Chang (Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University)

Conclusion of Volume 1: “Insights in the Three Trips of Dr. Callicott in 1999 and 2000” by Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen

 

Introductions to Volume 2 by Dr. Tsao-Cheng Lin (National Cheng Kong University) and Dr. Sun-Mei Wang (Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University)

Conclusion of Volume 2: “Taitung, We Are Coming!” by Dr. J. C. Liu

 

Introductions to Volume 3 by Dr. Jen-Wen Wang (Tainan Theological Seminary) and Dr. Sang-Jen Chen (Taiwan Theological Seminary)

Conclusion of Volume 3: “Land Ethics from the Kitchen” by Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen

 

Introductions to Volume 4 by Dr. Jong-Ho Wang (Taiwan Academia Sinica) and Jean-Yi Chen (Association of the Promotion of Land Ethics)

Conclusion of Volume 4: “Caring for the Planet Earth” by Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen

 

Preface:

“Sow the Seeds in Heart” by Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen (General Secretary of TESA)

 

VOLUMES:

 

Volume I: Introduction to Environmental Ethics

 

Volume II: From Land Ethics to Earth Charter

 

Volume III: The Praxis of Environmental Ethics and Ecological Spirituality in Taiwan

 

Volume IV: Reconstructing the Ecological Culture in Taiwan

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The Earth Charter Highlighted at UNEP Youth Leadership Training in Shanghai

 

The Earth Charter was highlighted at the 2007 Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Programme on Environment for Sustainable Development that took place in Shanghai. The ten-day programme was organized by the UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD), which UNEP and Tongji University of Shanghai opened in 2002 for the purpose of strengthening scientific research and providing educational programs in environment and sustainable development. Thirty-one young environmental professionals from the Asia-Pacific region were selected for their leadership potential and prospects of positions of influence.

 

Now in its fourth year, the ten-day programme is designed to provide young professionals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge on environment for sustainable development, and to establish a network of young environmental leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. For the first time, the training included a module on ethics and values for sustainable development based on the Earth Charter, which was very well received. Several young leaders indicated their interest in learning more about the Earth Charter Youth Initiative and ECI Program Coordinator Michael Slaby was asked to also present the Charter to the students of the IESD International Masters Programme in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.

 

ECI’s involvement in the programme can be seen as a major step in strengthening the Earth Charter’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and constitutes a first action-oriented collaboration and engagement with UNEP. For more info on the course, see http://www.rrcap.unep.org/leadership/index.cfm

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