Thursday, October 13, 2011
I'm at the NAAEE conference with hundreds of interesting EE professionals from the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Yes, NAAEE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese Association of Environmental Education. I have enjoyed the day thoroughly, from the Affiliates workshop to the New Members welcome to the Opening Ceremony. Here are some Highlights from the Keynote speach: Jean Beasley, Sea Hospital says 'Our planet is like a woven cloth, as we lose threads, the cloth weakens. Balloons, Longline Fishing, Trash in the Ocean keep the Sea Hospital busy. Sea Hospital Protects, heals and encourages. Volunteers support the work of the Sea Hospital. The Climate is always changing says a young person talking with Jean, Yes, what we have is acceleration of climate change. We need to get people to connect with the reality of environmental challenges..that will motivate their own thinking to do something. The POWER of Environmental Education is making the connection. The power of connections - business - children - elderly - environmental educators - WE can make a difference together.' Registration for the MAEOE conference should be going live by the end of October. A great opportunity for networking, sharing and growing.