United States of America, Rollins College, Florida

12 – 14 April, 2024

Reimagining Education for Ecological Civilizations

Earth Charter Conference

12-14 April 2024

Our world faces many interconnected challenges including climate disruption, biodiversity loss, increasing poverty, inequalities and conflicts between and within countries. Education must play a central role in preparing people to make the transformative change needed to create a world that works for all.

The activities of the Earth Charter International Education Center highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability values and principles into the processes of learning and decision-making. The Center forges new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and makes efforts to connect these with concepts such as planetary well-being and ecological literacy. The Center’s work is implemented under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, which works to generate educational programmes and research activities specifically at the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education. 

The UN organized a “Transforming Education Summit,” convened “in response to a global crisis in education – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance”.  It emphasized that “many education systems are not providing students with the skills, knowledge, values needed to face the current challenges…  the world needs to reimagine the education system.”   

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4.7) aims for learners to acquire by 2030, the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including education for sustainable lifestyles, global citizenship, climate justice, gender equality, and so on.

UNESCO’s  Futures of Education Initiative produced a report titled “Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education.” It highlights the importance of considering education as a holistic process, involving the “heart, hands and mind.” It promotes efforts to rethink content and pedagogy and to support teachers as agents of change. 

The Conference

This three-day conference builds on four previous Earth Charter Conferences focused on education for sustainability and global citizenship, and for planetary well-being. The April Conference programme will start on Friday, 12 April at 9am and will go through Sunday, 14 April at 5:30pm.

This Conference, organized under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter and the UNESCO UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Education for Sustainable Development and Social Transformation, will take place at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida.

Speakers

Our speakers encompass a diverse range of expertise, from renowned environmental scholars to influential authors. With profound insights and a commitment to sustainability, they will guide us in envisioning a future where education plays a pivotal role in shaping ecological civilizations.

Objectives

The event will create a space to:

  1. Find synergies and enhance collaboration among innovative approaches to education for change. 
  2. Share experiences and research in education from various settings that contribute to ecological civilization.
  3. Identify new ways to reorient education towards creating ecological civilizations.
  4. Provide learning opportunities for using the Earth Charter to enhance sustainability and global citizenship education.

Participants

The event is expected to bring together 250 educators, academics, young leaders, Earth Charter International partners, researchers in education, and businesspeople.

Registration Fees:

Registration Fee – Early Bird 1: USD$350 (Special price for payments before 15 October, 2023)

Registration Fee – Early Bird 2: USD $400 (Special price before 14 January, 2024) 

Registration Fee: USD $450 (Regular price for payments after 15 January, 2024)

Call for Abstracts – (Closed 30 September)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the call for abstracts, which was open between July and September 2023. We will soon announce the list of presenters.

Selected presentations will be about research or activities the following areas:

1. Environmental Education, Eco-Literacy or Eco-pedagogy

2. Climate Change Education

3. K-12 (school) Education

4. Ethics and Values Education

5. Education for Sustainable Development

6. Education for Responsible Consumption

7. Global Citizenship and Global Education

8. Peace Education

9. Holistic and Well-being Education

10. Spirituality Education

11. Indigenous Approaches to Education

12. Transformative Learning and Futures Education

Hotels

After you register you will receive more information about the hotels and other details.

If you have any questions please contact Joy Kramer, Conference Manager: [email protected]

Field Trips

Options for field trips after the conference will be offered as well as pre/post Conference workshops. Interested participants will cover their field trip costs.

Sponsors

Institutions and individuals are invited and encouraged to become supporters to this event as follows:

Ecological Champion US$30,000

Global Patron US$20,000 

Defender of Peace US$10,000

Promoter of Justice US$5,000 

The Advocate US$2,500

The Instructor US$1,250

Sponsors will have their logo featured on the website and in promotional materials for this event and in the report of the event.  Sponsorship funds raised will be used to cover some of the cost of the event, including the travel expenses of speakers and Earth Charter young leaders. Please email us at [email protected] if you wish to explore sponsorship opportunities.

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