Education for a Sustainable Future

In March, 90 people descended upon Bridge 5 Mill, home of Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative (MERCi), for a conference organised by MERCi, Manchester Environmental Education Network and the Development Education Project. The aims of the conference were to share good practice in teaching about sustainable development issues and to explore ways to build networks to support Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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Plenary Session

Mairi Kershaw (Dorset ESD network) and Alun Morgan (Worcester ESD network) shared their experiences of networking and sustainable development. The discussions that followed brought a general consensus that it is necessary for those involved in educating about sustainability to network with one another. The role of these networks is to share experiences, to provide mutual support, to act as a point of "exchange" for putting people in touch with one another, to work in partnership with others, to raise awareness of organisations, to provide training and to share information and resources.

In Manchester, these are the aims of Manchester Environmental Education Network, which is now up and running again.

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Workshop session

The afternoon was devoted to a series of workshops looking at the outdoors as a resource for learning, developing a "global footprints" project in school (looking at the environmental impact of everyday actions), developing a whole school approach to sustainable development and citizenship, exploring sustainable farming methods and learning about West African culture.

Copies of the full conference report are available from MEEN, who are keen to hear from others involved in education and who would like to get involved.

Laura Williams (0161 273 8881, meen@gn.apc.org).


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