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Environmental Education

Published in October 2001

6 proposals for action by citizens


Degradation of the biosphere is accelerating. The mission of environmental education can no longer be limited to raising consciousness; henceforth it must be expressed through socially responsible action. This is the framework in which six directions have been identified. These are to: seek to strengthen citizens' sense of critical appraisal to ensure a better democratic control over political orientations; develop a global and critical approach in education as a whole; encourage the development of specific training for teachers and educators in view of implementing civic education based on appropriate educational research; place the emphasis on the training of certain socioprofessional groups; design environmental education for the general public; and make use of original experiences from civil society.
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Coordinated by ...

- Christian Souchon

France. Formerly university teacher in Ecology, Environmental Education, Didactic of Sciences. Director - Animator of the E.D.EN Group (Education for the Development and the Environment) Member of The alliance, workshop Education.


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- Yolanda Ziaka

My name is Yolanda Ziaka. I am Greek, economist by training, specialized in Environmental Education. I live in the island of Syros in Greece, where I work in the public administration, as coordinator of European projects and international relations of the Region of the Aegean of the South.
Between 1994 and 2001, I facilitated the Workshop on Environmental Education of the Alliance. The main activity of the Workshop was support to educators involved in Environmental Education: the networking, experience sharing, participation in tangible projects. We published, during 8 years, the newsletter "Dialogues for environmental education ", which was circulated to people and organizations in about 60 countries. We also published three collective works, and the last one was published in five languages. In the framework of this Workshop, I have coordinated, in 2003, the elaboration of a Charter for Environmental Education, defining the basic principles of this educational question, aiming at an "Education for a responsible citizenship".
I am currently part of the International Facilitation Committee of the Charter of Human Responsibilities, as coordinator for Europe.
The main objectives of this work are:
- the identification of persons, organizations, movements, socio-professional groups, in Europe, that have started a reflection and an action around the notion of responsibility; - the development of collaborations with persons / identified groups, the diffusion and valorization of their work, their association to our project; - the introduction of the reflection on responsibility (personal and collective) and the Charter as a work tool, in the various socio-professional sectors; - the development of synergies with the work of the other members of the Facilitation Committee, at an international level.


Site - POLIS

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Topics Included

civic education . education . civil society . environmental education . world


Workgroup Papers

Go ! Sustainable Forest Management
Go ! Agriculture and Sustainable Development
Go ! An Energy-efficiency Strategy for the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Civil society and GMOs: What Strategies Should be Applied Internationally?
Go ! Environmental Education
Go ! Food Sovereignty and International Trade Negotiations
Go ! Food, Nutrition, and Public Policies
Go ! Industrial Ecology: Agenda for the Long-term Evolution of the Industrial System
Go ! People’s Right to Feed Themselves and Achieve Food Sovereignty
Go ! Proposals on Food Security
Go ! Proposals Related to the Water Issue
Go ! Rejecting the Privatization of Life and Proposing Alternatives
Go ! Save Our Soils to Sustain Our Societies (SOS2)



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