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GEEP News: September 2020 Edition

Latest news, spotlights, and announcements on global environmental education
In This Issue
NAAEE's 2020 Virtual Conference and Research Symposium
Register now for NAAEE's 2020 Virtual Conference (October 13–16) & Research Symposium (October 8–10), and Workshops (October 5–13). Environmental education has always been about envisioning a better world—and that’s true now more than ever. And because NAAEE’s Annual Conference and Research Symposium will be online, environmental educators from around the world can easily collaborate to inspire change in more ways than ever before. Register here.

Because many in our field have been affected by the pandemic, NAAEE wants to make sure that no one has to miss out. NAAEE is offering automatic scholarships to anyone who needs financial help—no questions asked. Learn more about fees and scholarships here.
Celebrating Five Years of EE 30 Under 30

EE 30 Under 30, NAAEE’s global youth leadership program, celebrates and supports young leaders in environmental education through community, recognition, professional development, and funding opportunities. We have come a long way since recognizing our first EE 30 Under 30 awardees in 2016, from going international to expanding on the opportunities and community we’re able to offer these young leaders. Now with 150 awardees and alumni from 34 countries, through this program we’re honored to continue recognizing and supporting these inspiring individuals as they grow as leaders. Read more in our eePRO blog.

Building Networks
Spotlight on the Japanese Society for Environmental Education

The Japanese Society for Environmental Education (JSEE) recently hosted a virtual round table session with participants from several EE associations around the world. Dr. Ryo Sakurai provides a nice summary of this effort, along with a call for additional collaboration. Read more here

Survey Opportunity: Help Promote Better International EE Collaboration

A group of international researchers from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and the U.S. are conducting research about national and international participation in environmental education conferences. If you are interested in contributing to the survey, please click here.

If you'd like to learn more, read this eePRO Global blog post by Dr. David Allen, one of the researchers on the project.

Country Profile Highlight: Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea is home to a thriving environmental education community. Education efforts focus on a variety of environmental issues such as climate change education and anti-pollution education, as well as education for sustainable development. Policy efforts around environmental education began in the 1980's and now include a National EE Act (the third of its kind). Read the full country profile here.

Upcoming Opportunities
Global Forest Education Survey

Contribute to the first comprehensive global assessment of forest education at all levels, from primary school to university, technical and vocational training programmes, and share the survey with your networks. The survey is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Click here to access the surveyLearn more about the initiative here.

Climate Action Project 2020

Launching on 28th September, CAP2020 will unite students and teachers around the world in a 6-week project focusing on the biggest issue of our time—climate change. By signing up you’ll become part of a dynamic global teacher-led project, receive cutting edge climate change classroom resources and opportunities to connect with schools in other countries for joint projects and discussions, and have the opportunity to offer your students a host of expert webinars from WWF, NASA, and more. Register here today to help your students become part of the solution.

International Observe the Moon Night

September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join others around the world in making celestial observations, learning about lunar science and exploration, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter—a great phase for evening observing. 
Connect with fellow observers around the world through the event's Facebook page, #ObserveTheMoon on your preferred social media platform, and the International Observe the Moon Night Flickr group. We encourage you to interpret 'observe' broadly. No matter how you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on health and safety. 
Learn more, register your participation, and find recommended activities, tips and resources to host and evaluate events, and much more on the International Observe the Moon Night website.

Resource Spotlights
Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature

Are you interested in assessing and enhancing the connections your audiences have to nature? The Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature provides practitioners, organizations, researchers, and others with tested tools for measuring connections to nature. The guide provides information to help you choose an appropriate tool or approach for your needs, specific to your audience and their experiences, to assess connection to nature. Available here as a free PDF or purchase a hard copy.

Cornell University E-STEM Education 5-Week Online Course

Cornell's E-STEM Education course (October 19–November 22, 2020) is designed for teachers and nonformal educators who want to help youth become scientifically literate, environmental citizens. Teachers will learn how to integrate environmental education into STEM classes such as biology and earth science, and non-formal educators will learn how to make science part of nature and environmental education programs. You will also learn about inquiry-based and project-based learning, and other active learning strategies, and apply what you learn to develop your own E-STEM lesson plans. Learn more and register here.

FEE Resources for Online Learning

While some teachers and students are returning to the classroom, others will need to continue with online or distance learning, while others still may be navigating a combination of the two. Check out the Foundation for Environmental Education's extensive list of online resources to support teachers, students and parents in continuing to learn despite the challenges of the coronavirus.

Whether you’re a student looking for some extra information, or a teacher prepping a dynamic online lesson, view FEE's resource list here.

Two New Educator Resources from WWF

Free Course: Education for a Sustainable Planet
WWF’s brand new free certificated training for educators is live on the Microsoft Education Centre. Education for a Sustainable Planet is a starting point for teachers or school managers seeking guidance and resources on how they can help shape a sustainable future through a whole-school approach to Education for Sustainable Development. You’ll learn how to prepare your students to survive and thrive in the changing world, and gain a toolkit for driving positive change within and beyond the school community. Learn more and register here.

Living Planet Report with Educator Pack
The Living Planet Report is a health-check for the planet, showing how the natural world is doing, what threats it faces and what this means for us humans. In order to help you introduce and discuss this vital scientific report with your students, WWF has produced a Youth Edition of the report and a toolkit for educators that includes guidance, activity ideas and visual resources to fuel classroom teaching for Primary or Secondary. View the report here and Youth Edition and educator resources here.

New Zealand Science Learning Hub: Rethinking Plastics

The Science Learning Hub is a national project funded by the New Zealand Government to make examples of New Zealand science, technology, and engineering more accessible and visible.

The Hub includes a suite of resources focused on rethinking plastics to support teacher, student, and community learning about plastics—from key concepts through to making informed decisions and taking action. The planning pathways article is full of ideas and support for teachers' teaching and learning programmes and includes a plastics innovation and impacts timeline. Explore microplastics and how harmful they are. The Hub also has resources developed in collaboration with one of New Zealand's National Science Challenge—Sustainable Seas—about their ocean plastic tracking online tool.

What We're Reading
Designing for Places of Mutual Learning: Ten Facilitation Skills Learned From Environmental Education 

The Ministry of Environment, Japan recently published the teaching guidebook "Designing for Places of Mutual Learning: Ten Facilitation Skills Learned from Environment Education," for environmental educators, including teachers at elementary and junior high schools as well as non-formal educators.

This publication was made possible through the TEEN network, an environmental education network between Japan, China, and Korea. This publication is available in four languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English. Learn more here.

STANDUP4NATURE: Global Youth Advocacy Training Focused on the Protection of Nature

Over a 2-week period in June 2020, a virtual global training program designed for youth and youth workers was designed by a team of youth from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), the Global Youth Action Team (GYAT) for Biodiversity Protection, as well as staff from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This virtual event brought together a truly global and well-connected community of youth and adults, and motivated youth to connect with organizations and political processes to create change. Learn more about the virtual event here.

Delhi Declaration and Report on the 2020 Model Conference of Parties

In May of this year, WWF India hosted the virtual Model Conference of the Parties (MCoP-1), the first ever digital conference on nature conservation for students across India, as part of the International Day for Biological Diversity. The MCoP-1 was not only a unique but highly successful digital conference on nature conservation. The 72 young delegates from 28 states and 7 union territories of India had the perfect platform to learn about the current environmental status, create SMART targets, and understand the governance processes to form a crucial international treaty. A noteworthy outcome of the event was the MCOP Delhi Declaration, a document deliberated by the youth delegates containing recommendations to the government and citizens to build a healthy and sustainable country. Read the MCoP-1 report and Delhi Declaration here.  

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