World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2017, will take place Sept 9 – 15 in Vancouver, BC. The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017. The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections.
The theme Culture/Environment focuses on the multidisciplinary nature of the congress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseparable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably.
Congresses are held every two years to provide a platform for actors of environmental education to come together to present best practices, experiences, researches on methods and results of environmental education. Under the supervision of a scientific committee representative of all continents and through the efforts of a national committee of the host country, the congresses are a place for reciprocal knowledge, contact, exchange, and discussion for individuals and for institutions, networks, alliances or coalitions.
The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat. Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia. Members come from a variety of institutions including universities, colleges, school districts, community groups, non-profit organizations, and provincial and regional governments. The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in
both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.
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