By Yula Pannadopoulos
This week, in Evian-les-Bains, organized by The Planet Workshops and under the high patronage of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and under the patronage of the Representation in France of the European Commission an International Conference on Sustainable Development took place.
Titled “Age of co-construction or triumph of competition” the conference focused on topics like Delivering green growth in emerging economies, Energy management, Low carbon economy, Building a desirable urban ecosystem, and many more.
Our main interest and focus was a working lecture “How to equally share education to sustainable development?” Speakers for that session included
Mr Jacques Bregeon, founder of the College of Advanced Studies of the Environment and Sustainable Development and President of the Education Operational Commitee of the Grenelle Environment in France
Mrs Lidia Brito, Director of UNESCO’s Science Policy and Capacity Building Division, from UNESCO Mozambique
Mr Carlos Gentile, responsible of the program Escuelas Verdes (Green Schools), Ministry of Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mr Andrew Langford, Co-President of the Gaia University, United Kingdom
Mr Michael Ricard, President, The Virtual University Environment and Sustainable Development France
“Education to sustainable development is a fundamental parameter of the evolution of our behaviours and lifestyles. As primary education, it should be a right for all. However, access to this essential knowledge in unequally distributed in society. What are the levers to democratize education to sustainable development” , said the introduction to this session., words very much in line with our project Education for Sustainability.
This conference was an opportunity for us to present the project Education for Sustainability, mark the milestones we completed during the summer – setting up our website, wiki, and blog – and announce project’s next steps.
It was also a splendid opportunity to connect, network, exchange and share knowledge, ideas, practices and experiences, to learn , and to teach.
Please take time and watch the videos from the conference, they will give you a great insight of what was discussed and focused on: http://www.planetworkshops.org/en/184/planetworkshops-tv/
Photo credits Nektarina Non Profit, taken at Evian, France