December 2010 — Issue 41
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IUCN / CEC Newsletter December 2010 Issue 41

Dear CEC members,

IUCN reports that the foundation for a climate deal was laid in Cancún, Mexico, at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) earlier this month. The IUCN website offers extensive coverage of the event, which was attended by several CEC members. CEC members are engaged in climate change activities around the world, like those highlighted here in this newsletter. For example, CEC members have worked closely with the IUCN Climate Change Coordinator to develop a new IUCN Climate Science e-Learning module.

Also, I am pleased to announce that Sarah Stokes Alexander will be CEC Specialty Group Leader for Agro-security and Biofuels. And there's more good news: the campaign created for the International Year of Biodiversity, in which CEC was actively involved, has won a 2010 Green Award.

In this last newsletter of 2010, I would like to thank you for all that you do on behalf of conservation and sustainability.

With warm wishes for the happiest of holidays and a greener New Year,

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

News from CEC

CEC Welcomes Sarah Alexander as Specialty Group Leader for Agro-security and Biofuels
CEC is starting a new Specialty Group on Agro-security and Biofuels. »

CEC Contributes to IUCN Arborvitae Special Issue on Communicating Forest Values
To mark the International Year of Forests, the IUCN publication arborvitae asks, "How are forest values are being communicated to non-foresters?" The issue was produced in editorial partnership with CEC. »

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Climate Change

CEC Contributes to IUCN Climate Science e-Learning Module
To help IUCN staff answer questions about climate change, IUCN is launching the Professional Updating Initiative on Climate Change Policy. CEC members Jack Byrne, Frits Hesselink and Andy Alm have contributed to content and online hosting. »

Youth in Kenya Working to Address Climate Change
Grace Mwaura, IUCN Councillor and CEC member, reports on numerous activities by youth in Kenya. She notes action by groups such as African Youth Initiative on Climate Change and the Kenya Youth Climate Network. »

NAAEE to Cover Climate Change Education at 2011 Conference
Education on climate change will feature at the 2011 conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education. CEC National Activator Brian Day invites Commission members to attend or present. »

Island Communications Toolkit on Climate Change and Biodiversity
GLISPA, the CBD and PCI-Media Impact have partnered to launch an Islands Communications Toolkit designed to assist island nations share best practices for communicating climate change and biodiversity conservation. From CEC member Sean Southey. »

Climate Change School Clubs in the Niger Delta
Eighty students participated in peer education training on climate change issues. The training is one of many activities of the Nigeria Youth Climate Coalition and its partners. CEC National Activator for Nigeria, Esther Agbarakwe, sends this report. »

Reporting on the Forum 'Climate, Energy & National Security'
The report of a CEC-sponsored forum on 'Climate, Energy and National Security' is now online. Nancy Colleton, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Environmental Information, was an organizer. »

Young Voices on Climate Change: A Movie Series
See young people aged 9-19 taking action on climate change. The movie series was created by Lynne Cherry, who published a children's book on climate change with CEC member Gary Braasch. Shared by CEC member Andy Alm. »

Climate Change Education Resources from NSCE
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) in the United States is spearheading climate change education initiatives. These links to resources are from Andy Alm, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Knowledge Management. »

Free e-Course on Climate Change and REDD+
More than 2000 people have taken this new course on climate change and deforestation. It is recommended by Andy Alm, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Knowledge Management. »

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International Year of Biodiversity Wins Green Award for 'Best Campaign'
The IYB has won a Green Award for Best International Campaign. Members of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) played key roles: Laurie Bennett of Futerra led strategy on brand and messaging, Frits Hesselink conducted a global survey on the logo and content, and David Ainsworth of the CBD promoted the campaign. »

Positive Visions for Biodiversity - Creating European Strategy
A conference in Belgium invited 230 guests from 43 countries to 'brainstorm' on Europe's biodiversity research strategy. CEC member Anne Franklin shares this report on the event, also attended by Katalin Czippan, CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Europe. »

Go4BioDiv Youth Forum at CBD COP10
“Our Treasures at Risk” is a video featuring statements by all participants of the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv at COP10, Nagoya, Japan. Tatjana Puschkarsky of IUCN reports on the Forum. »

Communicating Biodiversity: Collected CEC Reporting from Nagoya
Reports and materials related to participation by the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan. »

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More News

University of Gloucestershire wins award for innovation in Education for Sustainability
The University of Gloucestershire has won a national award in recognition of its leading efforts to facilitate change in teaching and learning for sustainability across departments. CEC member Professor Daniella Tilbury accepted the award. »

Education Resource OCEAN-OIL Explores Gulf of Mexico Disaster
Photos by CEC member Gary Braasch are among the rich resources available in this new online site for education and networking. Shared with CEC by Cutler Cleveland of the Encyclopedia of Earth. »

Good Practices Wanted for UNESCO "Cultural Diversity in ESD" Project
You are invited to participate in a UNESCO project to collect 'good practices' in Education for Sustainable Development. Daniella Tilbury, CEC Specialty Group Leader for ESD, is seeking examples that integrate cultural principles, learning objectives and pedagogies. »

Vineet Soni Interview in UNESCO World of Science
Read the interview with CEC member Vineet Soni in the UNESCO journal A World of Science. »

Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program
Apply by 18 January for a June-July course in Sustainable Environmental Management. Shared with CEC by Gillian Martin Mehers, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Learning and Leadership. »

IUCN Science Bulletin — December 2010
Produced by the IUCN Science and Learning Unit, where CEC is based, the December edition of the IUCN Science Bulletin is now online. »

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WEEC Registration is Now Open!
The 6th World Environmental Education Congress is being held from 19 to 23 July 2011 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland. »

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