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Gunter Pauli: innovation and entrepreneurship at the WEEC

Vsiting lecturer and professor at universities in all continents, Member of the Board of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America Gunter Pauli is once again key note speaker at WEEC.

Actually Gunter Pauli already attended the 7WEEC in Morocco (2013) and it was delightful to attend his lesson. Now, for the 10th edition of the World Environmental Education Congress in Bangkok (Thailand) Gunter Pauli will be again in the number of our esteemed guests.

He has advised governments, entrepreneurs and industry leaders on how to implement breakthrough innovations that permits society to better respond to the basic needs of all, starting with water, food, housing, health and energy. He works with what is locally available, focuses on the generation of value.

He founded the “Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives” (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network as a foundation, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems.

He is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries, which respond to people’s needs using what is locally available. His visionary approach supported by dozens of projects on the ground landed him an invitation to present his cases at the World Expo 2000 in Germany. There he constructed the largest bamboo pavilion in modern days presenting 7 breakthrough initiatives.

Gunter wishes to inspire children to become entrepreneurs, responding to the basic needs of all with what is locally available. As an entrepreneur he created several  companies and his book THE BLUE ECONOMY describes the businesses of the future. Gunter has an MBA, is professor at several universities, and he is father of 5 children.

WEEC Secretary General Mario Salomone’s Speech Open Ceremony

Thank to you all, to the local committees of previous congresses and to the International Permanent Secretary’s constant action, the world congresses WEEC are celebrating their 10th anniversary of meeting and the 7th world congress here in Marrakech.
We can say that by now the world congress WEEC are the most attended and abiding meeting in this field.
The congresses that have been realised until now have given universities, schools, associations, networks, small and big parks, museums, institutions, local communities, enterprises, etc., the opportunity to present their experiences.
This world congress in Marrakech will be a precious opportunity to know each other, to share, to create networks and to sign agreements, which can strengthen local, regional and international initiatives in the future.
When we meet face to face, we are not just sharing some ideas or some scientific researches, but also energies : meeting centralizes the energies, increases the energies.
Thus, I hope that this congress allows us to make a new step forward and to start a new phase, which will have an important stage during the next and 8th WEEC in 2015.
The extent of participation and the large number of theoretical and research contributions presented are the premise and promise that this will be possible: they will give us a comprehensive view of the overall situation, with its strengths and weaknesses, enthusiasms and limitations.
Among other things, the upcoming end of the UN Decade presents us with the challenge and responsibility to take advantage of the results the UN gave us in order to bring a sustainable future.

As we know, humanity is facing the challenge of ensuring a fair and sustainable  development.  The social, economic, environmental and politic levers are strongly linked and interdependent.
From a social point of view: humanity has the right to education for everybody, to equal opportunities between men and women, to children’s rights respect, to health and job for everybody.
From a political point of view : human beings have the right to a democratic society based on freedom, solidarity and equality values.
From an economic point of view: humanity must fight against hunger and poverty, ensure people’s food autonomy, and find out a new agricultural, industrial and urban development.
From an environmental point of view: as humanity must face the climate change, the biodiversity’s lost, resources’ waste, it is responsible for the protection of ecosystems’ balances and of every living being on the planet, as well as for the protection of landscapes et local cultures.

So, the priorities are the fight against the climate change, the biodiversity’s preservation, helping the farmers, the fight against urbanisation, the reduction of pollution’s effects on health and the responsible use of natural resources.
These environmental aims represent the levers of another economy, because they foster innovation and spirit of entrepreneurship.

The environmental education fundamentally contributes to the transition to a “greener” society providing us with an integrated approach to all human activities, to the problems that those activities create and for the well-being of population and to our planet’s health.
Education can contribute to create networks among all involved actors.
We must increase the opportunities to meet and debate. We have to exchange experiences, be coordinated: public, international, national, local institutions, civil society, businesses, forces that are active in their diversity, both in the public and in the private sector.  This effort must contribute to the progress of methodologies, to the enrichment and to the diffusion of the pedagogic tools, to the structures’ improvement.
This is our commitment and it’s with this commitment that I will conclude my greetings, thanking everybody again and wishing you a fruitful, cordial, pleasant congress.
Thank you.

Mario Salomone, 9th June 2013

The Marrakech Appeal Has Been Launched

At the end of the closing ceremony of the 7th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress), held from 9 to 14 June 2013 in Marrakech (Morocco), an Appeal was launched to emphasise the role of environmental education and the need to activate more and more political and economic tools in this sector.
The appeal was drawn up by a selection of the more than 1,800 delegates who attended the 2013 WEEC edition (year of  the 10th anniversary), which was organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the WEEC Network (chaired by Mario Salomone) in collaboration with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, the local organizing Committee.
A comprehensive document assessing the congress and the recommendations will soon be available.
To read the complete text of the Appeal, click here

7th WEEC Marrakech 2013

Co-organised by the Foundation Mohammed VI for the protection of the environment and the Permanent Secretariat of the WEEC Network, it was supported by international institutions, such as UNESCO, UNEP, ISESCO, the Federation for the Environmental Education (FEE), whose highest delegates came to participate in the Congress’ works.

Structured in plenary sessions and thematic niches, the Congress’ works analysed all the different aspects of the Environmental Education, showing how this is the key to abandon a development model which is at the end of its rope!

Congress theme: Environmental Education in Cities and Rural Areas: Seeking Greater Harmony

The Congress topics
– Promoting Environmental Education and Networking
– Intercultural dialogues
– Social Movements and building ecological societies
– Communications and the impact of social media
– Ecological economics and green economies
– Ethics, ecophilosophy, human-nature relationships
– Greening education
– Creative impulses
– Pedagogy and learning
– Research in environmental education
– Risk, health, and environment

Read here the WEEC Secretary General Mario Salomone’s Speech at Open Ceremony

Read here the speech of HM King Mohammed VI

Read here the plenaries program

Read here the press release

Read here the eco-responsibility charter


Visit the website: www.weec2013.org


The WEEC is coming!


The stakes of interaction: Coastal urbanization and marine protection

The 7th WEEC will have room also for the sea.
All stakeholders engaged in EE focused on the sea are invited to attend the congress and to submit proposals. The 7th WEEC in Marrakech will be a special occasion to meet networks, institutions, researchers, local bodies, practitioners interested in EE for the marine environment protection and in coasts-sea relationships.
So, the 7th will collect many people concerned by marine issues and a special session will be organized about this theme, related to congress special focus (i.e. cities and countryside and the role of the EE).
Read here the contribution of the CPIE Côte Provençale – Atelier Bleu du Cap de l’Aigle.

People interested in the theme, involved or not in the event can contribute to an international project on the website