ESEC – What Happens?
ESEC monthly meetings are vibrant gatherings of those working in, volunteering in, or interested in environmental education and/or sustainability education. At a meeting, the group usually networks and describes new and on-going projects for the first hour, then has a deeper discussion on a topic related to advancing environmental education and sustainability education in Nova Scotia.
Monthly meetings have been taking place from September 2017 – October 2018, with the host and meeting chair rotating every month. The meeting minutes are circulated to members following the meetings via the email listserv (details below) so that all members can keep “in the loop” if they’re not able to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to join meetings via telephone if based in other countries throughout the province.
How to Connect
ESEC members also stay connected through the group’s Facebook page which you can “like” to post updates, learn about member organization programs, and find out meeting details.
The ESEC also has a Google Group which anyone can join, where you can also share information with other members.
For more info on ESEC or the Google Group, please email ESEC co-chairs: Olga Torres (olga @ greenschools.com) or Katie Scott, (k_scott @ ducks.ca), Education Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada based at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
-On October 26th. 2018, several partners of the ESEC got together to deliver the first Nova Scotia Environmental professional development day, as a satellite meeting of the Atlantic Science Teacher’s conference. The Nova Scotia Environmental professional development was held at the Wetland Centre in the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Sixty-three teachers from different parts of Nova Scotia, came to attend the Professional Development Day. The feedback received from teachers and partners was positive around the conference, workshops, information received. We want to thank all the teachers and partners that join us during that day, for their enthusiasm, participation, collaboration,
and leadership. We are pleased to hear that everyone was thinking about how can we do this again next year, and we will capitalize on any opportunities.
Please find access to the presentations and activities here
– The last meeting for the season was the annual Summer Solstice gathering on June 22, 2018, at the Fultz House Museum in Sackville. A few members presented their programs while good food and good conversations were had! We are looking forward to connecting over the summer digitally to plan a Professional Development day and will reunite in person again in September.
Check out the 7 video snapshots of environmental education programs in the province from spring 2017 HERE!
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“To raise the profile of environmental and sustainability education in Nova Scotia through increasing understanding, capacity, and communication amongst environmental organizations and their partners in order to maintain ecological integrity and sustainable communities.”
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- To increase communication, encourage collaboration, and share resources among groups and their partners.
- To provide training and professional development for educators, ENGO’s and their partners.
- Provide a network of environmental educators and resources to ENGO’s and their partners across the province.
- To collaborate on raising awareness of environmental and sustainability issues.
- To further promote the integration of environmental and sustainability education and policy.
- To facilitate evaluation and research that supports environmental and sustainability education.
Values we believe…
- in conserving natural ecosystems as our priority.
- that better education encourages individuals to adopt behaviours which reduce environmental impact and promote human health as it relates to the natural environment.
- that environmental education is essential in creating a connection with the natural world which will cause individuals to care for it and want to protect it.
- that corporate, government and institutional structures must adopt sound environmental practices.
- that environmental and sustainability education is a critical component of the curriculum in the public and post-secondary education system.
- in fostering the spiritual, physical, emotional and social well being of individuals and communities as they relate to the natural environment.
- in environmental, economic and social changes occurring through a democratic and grassroots community development process.
- that environmental and sustainability education address the relationships between injustice, poverty and environmental issues on a local and global scale.
- that environmental and sustainability education be accessible to all.
- that environmental and sustainability education respect cultural diversity.
- formal, non-formal and informal education systems