WA 2015: a conversation between Greenpeace and the ICAE

The second key plenary, on the morning of Friday, June 12 will be devoted to a conversation between Greenpeace and the International Council for Adult Education. This exchange will focus on the challenges of climate change and the role of education and learning in dealing with them. Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada and Roberto Guevara of the International Council will both address the central theme of the World Assembly: Global Commitments and Local Practices!

Think globally, act locally, to create the world we want

If there is one field in which there is a significant gap between the global and the local, it is in the area of sustainable development! The 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is unequivocal: global warming is irreversible and it is caused by human activity! Nevertheless, we are far from a political will to act in a concerted manner on this issue.

Governmental delegations from over fifty countries will meet in Paris next December for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21). The intended objective of this meeting is to conclude an intergovernmental agreement to limit the rise in global temperature of the planet to 2 degrees C.


Guest speaker Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada will outline the challenges in discussions to be held at COP 21. These discussions in Paris will take place after the adoption of the post-2015 sustainable development goals by the UN General Assembly in September in New York. He will also speak about the international mobilization of social movements and civil society around this world meeting of policy makers on the future of the planet. He will present Greenpeace`s proposals to world policy makers.




Roberto Guevara, president of the Asian South Pacific Association of Basic and Adult Education - ASPBAE, and a university professor with a degree in environmental science will present his vision of a credible and relevant educational response to meet the challenges of disasters and climate change.


The role of civil society and the movement for the right to education for everyone.

Will government policies move in this direction? How can groups in civil society influence the agreements? What are the educational responses in such a context? How can social mobilization and the movement for the right to education throughout life change and create the world we want? At the crossroads of individual awareness and collective action, the right to education for all must enable people to develop practices of solidarity and social justice that are inseparable from the struggle to counter the systemic causes of global warming of the planet.


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