WEEC in the head

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Sadly, there is now an EESD manifesto for Europe.  I think it comes from our friends at WEEC.  The email alert says:

Environmental education towards sustainable development (EESD) is a necessity.  There’s a wide acknowledgement about that on several European and International papers.  Recently, the Paris Agreement resulting from the CoP21 dedicates its conclusions on the World Wide View global debate, which involved 10,000 people from 76 countries and places education at the first level action against the climate challenge!

The Manifesto "Educate towards environment and sustainable development", at which contributedmore than 150 participants, associations and institutions involved in EESD from different Europeancountries, assumes that the commitments made by Member States, as well as by the European Union, are still not enough significant.

In order to realize an ambitious EESD in Europe, the Manifesto brings together 20 proposals that seek school sector, non-formal education, higher education, the labor sector, professionalism and evaluation of the EESD, and finally, an effective integration of EESD in the heart of European policies.

The Manifesto  is destined to MEPs, to the European Commission, the Economic and SocialCommittee, the Committee of Regions and all citizens.  To maximize its reach, we invite you to support this Manifesto,  through your organization and individually, and to spread it widely into your networks.

Read the Manifesto!

Whilst it reads better in French, it's still completely baffling as to why anyone would think such a badly-thought out idea is a sensible thing to do.  There are 20 proposals in all; my favourite is No. 15:

Ensure compliance with the recommendations / obligations that aim to a systematic inclusion of EESD dimension (awareness, information, education, training, participation, governance) in all environmental policies and sustainable development (water, air, biodiversity, climate, waste, agriculture, energy, landscape, health, transport). Give in particular attention to EESD Check in occasion of the COP 21/ Paris 2015.

Sort of compelling, don't you think?

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