Fri, February 8, 2013
Sustainable Development: towards local solutions to a global challenge
Friday, 8th February 2013 will see the realization of the 2nd “World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day”. This follows the success of the first event of its kind, held in 2010. This year´s event has the theme “Sustainable Development: towards local solutions to a global challenge”. The 2013 Teach-In Day will display the papers presented at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, bringing an impressive body of know-how and expertise on matters related to sustainability in higher education, to a world audience. In excess of 100.000 participants are expected to take part on this initiative.
The way to participate is simple: interested persons may visit the web site of the event and register, a process which will provide them with log-in details. Once registered, participants may be able to download the papers (as PDF files) and use them in their lectures. This way, university lecturers from, say, Canada, may be able to show a presentation to students on sustainability at universities in Australia. To the same measure, lecturers at a university in Australia may choose a presentation on sustainability initiatives at universities in Chile. Or perhaps ask students to discuss how the activities undertaken at their home universities compare with universities elsewhere. Either way, both teaching staff and university students have an unique opportunity to interact on a topic which is global in scope, but local on its implementation.
According to the Chairman of the 2nd “World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day”, Senior Professor Walter Leal from HAW Hamburg and London Met (UK), “there are seldom such occasions when the world sustainability community may come together, at no cost to anyone, and may learn from one another in a truly international and interdisciplinary way”.
Details on the event can be seen at: http://www.world-sustainability-day.net/