On July 7, the Ecuador Constitutional Assembly voted to approve articles that recognize rights for nature and ecosystems. If they are adopted, Ecuador will become the first country in the world to codify a system of environmental protection based on rights.
From an article by Mike Davis, June 2008
The world’s foremost commission of earth scientists says:
We are now living in the Anthropocene epoch.
The Holocene epoch – the interglacial span of unusually stable climate that has allowed the rapid evolution of agriculture and urban civilization – has ended, and the Earth has entered "a stratigraphic interval without close parallel in the last several million years.”
Two professors wanted for international ESD centre
"It’s time to leap into action and start developing society towards a non-destructive and sustainable future. Success requires devotion, knowledge as well as innovative and insightful thinking. Learning and education for a sustainable society are crucial parts of the solution." writes the Swedish Development Aid agency, SIDA, responsible for setting up the new centre: SWEDESD.
Read about the vacant chairs here.
Storyline is a pedagogy for transdisciplinary subjects. Pupils learn by creating a story together with their teachers. The story provides the context and by entering into different characters the students can easily get emotionally involved and interested in both difficult and complex matters such as sustainable development.
Storyline for SD: conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-12 April 2008