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ConferenceThe 4th International Conference on Environmental Education started on 24th November, 2007 in Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India. It was hosted by the Government of India and co- sponsored by the UNESCO and UNEP.

Over fifteen hundred participants from ninety seven countries came together to attend the conference. There were eight plenary sessions and thirty working group sessions. The outcomes of these participatory sessions were fused to form the final declaration of the conference. The event ended on 28th November, 2007 with the final declaration which was endorsed by the participants. The Founder & CEO of Worldview impact was invited to speak on a plenary on: Addressing Climate Change Concerns on 27th November 2007
where he urged policy-makers and educators at the conference to create green jobs for young social entrepreneurs in the developing world in order to flight climate change while contributing to their local economies.

BremleyAn impressive array of international policy-makers, educators, youth, civil society and private sector representatives assembled in Ahmedabad, India, for the 4th International Conference on Environmental Education (ICEE). Following a decade after the 3rd ICEE in Thessaloniki, Greece, the conference and its theme of education for sustainable development (ESD) took on a new spirit of urgency as speakers drew important linkages between ESD and global efforts to combat climate change and environmental disasters. Presenters noted the fact that this was the first ICEE to have a plenary session devoted entirely to "Addressing Climate Change Concerns", with high- profile Indian experts on climate change such as Dr. R.K. Pachauri (Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and Dr. Sunita Narain (Director, Centre for Science and Environment), and other respected international experts. A representative from the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (UNCSD) noted that UNCSD would be coordinating a policy roundtable on the margins of the UNFCCC meetings in Bali in an effort to integrate ESD objectives into any post-2012 climate change agreement.

The "Ahmedabad Declaration 2007: A Call to Action", issued on November 28, effectively summarized the underlying principle of most discussions at this conference - that in order to combat the urgent challenge of climate change in our world today, we must radically redefine our traditional relationships between society, the environment and the economy, and instill sustainable practices into every aspect of human activity. In order to achieve this paradigm shift, ESD must be front and centre in our respective national environmental agendas. All participants stressed that while ESD is perceived by many to be a marginal issue, it must be mainstreamed into broader dialogues on sustainability and economic development, effectively taking ESD beyond the classroom to educate politicians, policy-makers and publics. UNESCO and UNEP officials underscored the need to fulfill the vision of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) and seek greater international collaboration on these issues. Professor Charles Hopkins (York University UNESCO and UNU Chair in ESD), gave a well-received presentation on "The Road to Ahmedabad" at the conference's inaugural launch, which detailed the history of global ESD efforts to date and pointed to the longstanding involvement of Canadian educators in this field.

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