WEEC - World Environmental Education Congress
Educational paths towards sustainability
Since 2003 the World Environmental Education Congress has taken place periodically; first in Portugal, from May 20th to 25th 2003 and secondly in Rio de Janeiro, from September 16th to 18th 2004.
The third Congress (Torino, Italy, October 2nd to 6th 2005) concludes the first “founding” phase and opens a series of bi-annual congresses. The 2007 Congress has held in South Africa, the 5th WEEC took place from 10 to 14 may 2009, at Montréal (Canada).
Brisbane (Australia) will host the 6th Congress in 2011, while the 7th Congress will be hosted by Morocco in 2013.
The aim of the WEEC, coordinated by the International WEEC Association, is to encourage discussion amongst everyone involved in environmental education and sustainable development: universities, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, schools, parks, themed networks, territorial networks on various scales (local, regional, world-wide), professional associations, institutes and research centres, mass media, businesses, and so on...
The world congresses will contribute also to the DESD – the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Educational activities are recognized as a fundamental tool in strengthening citizens’ participation in decision-making processes and therefore democracy, for the support of ecological awareness in communities and therefore encouraging new methods of production and consumption, more sensible use of resources (energy, water, raw materials, land, forests, etc.), respect for nature and all living species.
The aim of environmental education is a sustainable world, both from a social and an environmental point of view, sustaining knowledge, ability and attitudes useful in fighting climatic changes, loss of biodiversity, desertification, hunger, poverty, injustice, disease, and so on...