NUI Galway Dev Ed Day- Presentation by Just Forests


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Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption

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  • NUI Galway Dev Ed Day- Presentation by Just Forests

    1. 1. Development Education DayDevelopment Education Day N U I Galway - Wednesday 13th February, Tom Roche 2013 1
    2. 2. •human geography Geography-the challenge! •physical geographyThe fundamental demographic disparitybetween the developed and thedeveloping nations presents extremelydifficult cultural, technical and moralchallenges to any attempt to manageglobal climate change. 2
    3. 3. Environmental ChallengesThe biological components ofour environment have evolvedin harmony with the physicaland climatic surroundings.The presence, characteristics,structure and behavior of bothindividual organisms and co-assemblages, or communities,of organisms are largelydetermined by climate.The ability of naturalcommunities to adapt tochanging climate, and natureof community change is ofutmost importance to thesurvival of man and woman. 3
    4. 4. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)The ‘development’ rationale of JustForests work pivots around a numberof key issues and challenges: woodand poverty, wood and energy, woodand livelihoods/construction, woodand health, wood and education, woodand biodiversity, wood andsustainability, wood and climate-change, wood and conflict/war andwood and ‘sustainable’ economicdevelopment. 4
    5. 5.  Education for Sustainable  Development requires far-reaching changes in the  way education is often  practiced today. But, biodiversity is currently vanishing at an alarming rate all over the world. According to Stavros Dimas, EU Commissioner for Environment... “we are, so to speak, erasing nature’s hard drive without even knowing what data it contains.” 5
    6. 6. Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.  6
    7. 7. Few recognise that biological diversity (which includes all living things) represents the natural wealth of the Earth. • It provides the basis for life, economic development and prosperity for the whole of mankind.7
    8. 8. • Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour and helps them adapt to climate change- related trends.8
    9. 9. 7 BILLION and growing... Finding ways to embed a message of sustainability into the curriculum is URGENT 9
    10. 10. Cross-curricular Learning Links to some of Just Forests on-line resources.4.Thinking TREES: Within the context of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 - 2014), Thinking Trees:Development, Trees and our Interdependent World is designed for primary school pupils in Ranganna 3, 4, 5 and 6 and seeks to encourage students to explore the importance of trees and of forests in our daily lives. It also stimulates them to think about some of the consequences of the loss of forests and trees and how, each of us can contribute positively to sustainable development. You will find excellent supporting resources to help you facilitate the 7 activities in Thinking TREES•Anatomy of a Musical Instrument - linking our love of music to our dependance on tonewoods for our beautiful musical instruments. This interactive resource is very popular with pupils as it shows just how (geographically) dependant Ireland is on tropical timber (you will need to have FLASH installed to use this) of Life Exhibition - All 22 panels of our WOL exhibition are all on-line now. You will also find an introductory brochure (showing curriculum links), an activity sheet and a follow-on classroon project sheet with suggestions on actions pupils can take after engaging with the exhibition. There is also a nice poster for broadcasting/advertising the exhibition in your school RESTORATION- in an effort to raise much needed funds to support our development education (DE) and education for sustainable development (ESD) work we will run furniture restoration courses with a DE/ESD component embedded in the workshop. This course/workshop can be delivered either here in my workshop in Rhode or at your college.This is very much hands-on learning and will involve participants actually restoring a small piece of furniture/wood item•Just MUSIC/Sound of Wood Concerts - We all love music. Why not organise a Sound of Wood Concert in your school?. Pupils can invite their family and friends to hear them. This is a lovely way to introduce our dependance on natural resources (forests/wood) 6. KNOW-Wood Board- a hands on wood identification board
    11. 11. Irelands entry in the European Tree of the Year 2013 Contest needs your vote urgently.• Please vote for King OAK• and ask your students, family, friends and associates to vote for King OAK also- thank you. Thank You 11