I have sent out an email to all of you who have already indicated that you'd like to participate on the Climate Change Working Group. However, this door is not closed...if there are others out there that are interested that haven't yet signed up, please join in!
We are in the process of trying to hone in on a first meeting date. I have set up a POLL to see what dates and times may work for people over the summer. So, if you're interested in participating in this initial meeting, please place your vote for a time on the Poll.
Recall, as was described in the proposal submitted to establish the Sask RCE (on pages 55-56), the responsibilities of each Theme Area Working Group (TAWG) have already been identified. When looking at the whole list, it seems like a tall order and it can be a lil' overwhelming. Taking it in smaller chunks and looking at some shorter term opportunities may assist in making it more do-able and perhaps even more real for some of us that haven't been as intimately involved in the establishment of the Sask RCE.
As such, I'm hoping that we can get together to perhaps begin to tackle a few things that will contribute to working towards achieving the responsibilities that have been outlined and for each of us to get a better understanding of what it is all about.
- Review the purpose of the Sask RCE.
- Start to talk about and begin to compile a list of existing climate change-related ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) initiatives. In other words...what are people already doing that has a focus on "education" and relates to climate change? Recall that (as described on page 6 of the proposal): Education for sustainable development aims at promoting reflection and discernment in our region that helps us identify and! pursue paths to sustainability. Such paths lead to ongoing improvements in quality of life while sustaining healthy ecosystems. They promote active environmental stewardship, social justice, and intergenerational equity.
- Discuss and begin to identify climate change-related ESD research needs and interests. In other words, what could we learn more about to help us do what we do better?
- Discuss Next Steps and How to Best Continue to Move Forward
I'm thinking that an hour to an hour and a half tops is about all we would want to meet for at our first meeting.
Also, if you have any suggestions for the agenda or how we move forward, please don't hesitate to send them my way and/or ADD A COMMENT to the forum thread.
I look forward to hearing your comments and of course meeting you in person sometime in hopefully the not too distant future.
Till then, have a most fabulous summer!
Sustainable Communities Coordinator
City of Regina