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GEEP News: September 2019 Edition
 
Welcome to the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) newsletter! This quarterly digest highlights the latest news, spotlights, and other announcements on global environmental education. The GEEP was launched by the United States Environmental Protection AgencyTaiwan Environmental Protection Administration, and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in 2014.
In This Issue
News
Announcing the EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019!
We are proud to announce our 2019 EE 30 Under 30 awardees! This year's class represents 16 countries and includes teachers, conservationists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs who will join a growing network of 120 leaders. This year's inspiring class is working to address social and environmental issues, ranging from mobilizing students for climate action to mitigating tensions between humans and wildlife. Read more at naaee.org/ee30under30.
EE 30 Under 30 in the News: Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
This month, Jared Hiakita and Michele Madison, both EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2018, were honored with Muhammad Ali Humanitarian awards for their inspiring work to create positive environmental change in the world. Jared received the Spirituality Award for his waste and recycling education work with indigenous communities in New Zealand, and Michele received the Giving Award for her efforts to promote STEM education through aquaponics in Tallahassee, Florida. Read more about the awards and the 2019 winners here.
Building Networks
Association Spotlight: Chinese Society for EE
Did you know that the Chinese Society for EE (CSEE) was instrumental in helping pass the Environmental Education Act of Taiwan of 2011? Or, that CSEE helped introduce the Green Schools and Sustainable Campus projects into Taiwan’s school system? This relatively small but mighty association has achieved quite a bit since its inception in 1992. Read more on eePRO.
Sharing Effective Practice
International Student Conservation Leadership Summit

This preliminary case study through the GEEP explores the first ever International Student Conservation Leadership Forum, a collaboration between the National Wildlife Federation and the Taiwan Ministry of Education. This program just completed its second year in existence; although relatively new, there are several lessons learned from their first year.

Learn more on eePRO.

Japanese Journal of Environmental Education Special Issue: "Environmental Education in Asia"

The latest issue of the Japanese Journal of Environmental Education highlights valuable comparative EE research conducted throughout Asia, including a comparative study on the EE acts in the region, perspectives on nature-based early childhood activities, and resilience education against natural disasters. Read them all in the open-access journal here.

Upcoming Opportunities
NAAEE 48th Annual Conference and Research Symposium
Join us in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, for NAAEE's 2019 Conference and Research Symposium (October 15-19), one of the world's largest annual professional gatherings of environmental educators. This year's theme, "Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future," will bring together environmental education professionals from around the world to share their work, learn from each other, and find inspiration! Registration is open at naaee.org/conference.
International Association of Nature Pedagogy Online Conference: Children and Trees
Join the International Association of Nature Pedagogy for a virtual conference, October 7-12, involving colleagues from Brazil, Australia, Canada, Jordan, USA, and UK, without the need to travel! ​The conference will offer a window into the world of nature-based practice in these countries and share thoughts, stories, and experiences. The conference will also bring attention to innovations in nature pedagogy and explore the place of trees in children’s lives. Learn more and register at thewonderconference.com.
10th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)
WEEC 2019, an international congress promoting education for the environment and sustainability, will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 3-7, with the theme of “Local Knowledge, Communication, and Global Connectivity.” All researchers, educators, students, decision-makers, NGOs, and others working with environmental or sustainability education are welcome! Learn more and register at weec2019.org and view the flyer here.
Fourth Call for Applications for International Collaborative Research Projects (ICREP)
The Japanese Society for Environmental Education (JSFEE) is seeking international collaborative research proposals on Asian environmental education for July 2019 to June 2021, to further develop the practice and research of environmental education and increase the significance of Asian studies outside of Asia. Proposals will be accepted until October 15, 2019. Proposals will be examined by the Board of Directors and adopted proposals will be deemed JSFEE international research projects for the accounting years 2019 and 2020. Learn more here.
Resource Spotlights
SDG Book Club
17 books in 17 months. Who's in? Join the SDG Book Club to read 17 books about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! The SDG Book Club aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the SDGs through a curated reading list from around the world related to each of the 17 SDGs. Check out the reading list and learn how to start your own book club here.
New Our Planet Educator Resources
Since its launch in April 2019, Our Planet and its accompanying education program published several new educational resources, including:
  • Toolkit for Local Action on Biodiversity (LAB): This comprehensive set of tools and resources contains everything you need to take your biodiversity teaching out of the classroom and into nature, encouraging students to seek, connect, and act
  • Educational Screening Toolkit: If you want to bring the incredible scenes from the Our Planet series into your classroom or whole school event, this toolkit will give you guidance on how to make the most of the free licence for educational screenings
  • Our Planet's Future Summit Toolkit: Learn how to plan and deliver a workshop for your class, whole school, or youth group by letting young people aged 11-16 take on roles in an international summit to decide the future of life on Earth
 View these resources and more here.
What We're Reading
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry

The latest book from the Natural Curiosity program, housed at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) Laboratory School at OISE-University of Toronto, offers educators a powerful way to engage their students in learning about their world, in their world. Written in collaboration with Indigenous and environmental scholars, this resource was created to support educators with helping all children develop a profound understanding and love for their natural world, Aki. The 2nd Edition is a response to strong recommendations by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to situate Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian curricula. Learn more in English or French.

Biodynamics: "Transforming the Heart of Agriculture"

In the Winter 2018 edition of Biodynamics, a publication by the Biodynamic Association, ee360 Fellow Jim Embry writes about several ideas and frameworks to guide a "transition from the dominant financial-scientific-technological period to the ecological period in which agriculture will serve as a lens to view the world," and the importance of "out-of-the barn" thinking and agricultural education. Read more here.

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