Education

A World Congress for Education and Communication on Environment and Development (ECO-ED) was held in Toronto, Canada, from 17 to 21 October 1992. UNESCO and the International Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Congress in cooperation with UNEP as a follow-up to UNCED. The purpose of ECO-ED was to stimulate informed action by improving the accuracy, quality and delivery of education and communication relating to the environment and sustainable development. The congress aimed to foster a cooperative exchange of knowledge among educators, scientists, representatives of labor, business, governments, voluntary organizations and the media.

The Center for Ecology and Social Justice is producing a question and answer game called "Earth Links: A Game of Ecology, Activism, and Social Justice". The package will include 3,000 questions on 500 cards and a Resource Manual with information on 60 grassroots organizations, their purpose, accomplishments, perspectives, as well as information on researching and organizing. Two-thirds of all earned income from the project will be donated to grassroots environmental justice organizations.

The World Resources Institute has published a Teacher's Guide to World Resources 1992-93, containing comprehensive coursework on the global environment. It has been designed for teachers to integrate environmental issues into science and social studies programs, using the same information that is available to policymakers and heads of state around the world. It contains teaching strategies, student enrichment activities, audiovisual resources, handouts and more.

The Alliance for Environmental Education, the largest environmental education association in the United States, held an international conference on Environmental Education 2000: Building a Solid Foundation for the Future, from 23-26 June 1993 in Leesburg, Virginia. The Alliance has a membership of 275 professional, business, education, environmental and other nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Members are linked together by EcoNet, a worldwide computer network.

An OECD report entitled "Environmental Education: An Approach to Sustainable Development" includes 10 case studies of educational programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America which are designed to promote sustainable development through environmental education. In addition, the report outlines requirements for more effective environmental education.

The Global Service Corps, a non profit organization, provides short term volunteer service trips and longer term placements to work on international development projects. They sponsored the Costa Rica Environmental Education Project from 16 to 31 July 1994, which gave educators, environmental volunteers and active global citizens an opportunity to participate in and learn about wildlife conservation and environmental education efforts in Costa Rica. Participants worked with naturalists and local educators on projects which included assisting local teachers with the development of environmental education programs, beach and trail maintenance, tree planting, and community development.

The Green Earth Organization, an environmental NGO in Ghana, established an environmental education and resource management centre in Accra. This centre, which will focus on training teachers, youth leaders, farmers, students, rural development officers, and others, began its program in October of 1993. Through this centre GEO aims to provide key groups with the communication and other skills necessary for successful environmental protection and rehabilitation programs. GEO hopes that new approaches to environmental education will be more effective in changing attitudes about environmental issues than traditional methods have been.