Notes from First Global RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama, Dec. 5-7, 2017

Please find attached important notes from the First Global RCE Thematic Conference in Okayama, Japan, held from December 5-7, 2017. The 3 conference themes were biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable consumption and production. The meeting notes include links to a number of RCE and UN agency activities working on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, I have added some quotations from delegates and presenters that I thought were notable. It ends with a few photos including one following the Global RCE Awards Ceremony in which RCE Saskatchewan received an "Outstanding Flagship Project Award" for the "Community Collaboration for Potash Mine Engagement" project. Congratulations to everyone involved in that project, especially the community of Havelock!

Thank you especially to Dr. Adela Kincaid who also attended the conference on behalf of RCE Saskatchewan.

Hopefully you find the notes and the resource materials it links to helpful.

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

New Global UNESCO Report on ESD Released to General UN Assembly

The Report of the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the implementation of education for sustainable development is attached. The following provides details about the release:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-liaison-office-in-new-york/about-thi...

Aboriginal Pipe Ceremony for Qu’Appelle River Watershed, Fort Qu'Appelle

2017-11-07 11:00

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

The Saskatchewan Alliance for Water Sustainability (SAWS) has announced a traditional aboriginal pipe ceremony to bring focus on the increasing public concern regarding a proposed Quill Lakes diversion project. As you may be aware, the project would divert water from the Quill Lakes Watershed, a closed watershed basin, into the Qu’Appelle Lakes/River system. The project called, Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project, has been determined by Environment Minister Scott Moe, not to be “development” under the Environmental Assessment Act (!), and therefore not requiring a detailed environmental assessment including a public comment period. Qu’Appelle River Watershed residents and First Nations have expressed concerns about the potential addition of poor quality water with higher salt content being introduced into the Qu'Appelle system (beginning at Last Mountain Lake--the location of the Last Mountain Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary) and potentially affecting many aspects of the environment including fish, wildlife, plants, and the use of water by agricultural producers, communities and First Nations people. A detailed project proposal has not been released to the public.

The attached PDF provides further details about this ceremony taking place at the Treaty Four Governance Centre in Fort Qu'Appelle this Tuesday, November 7th, at 11:00 am. Please make every effort to attend if you are able as we would like an important show of support from the RCE.

Please share this invitation widely.

Sustainability Seminar and Panel Discussion, University of Regina

2017-11-08 19:00

See attached poster below for this event sponsored by the University of Regina Students Union (URSU).

School of Environment and Sustainability at U of S Open House

Dear ENVS 992 Project Partners,

As a community partner in the SENS Master of Sustainable Environmental Management and/or Master of Water Security program, your organization has expressed interest in working with or has been working with our students on projects fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship.

I’m pleased to inform you that we are hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30 p.m. at the U of S to provide more information to current students and professionals on our project-based degree offerings.

This may be of interest to your employees, and I would be thankful if you would consider circulating the attached invitation to them. In addition, here is a link to ourbrochure.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your continued support of SENS.

Regards,

Andrea

 

 Andrea Eccleston, M.A.

Graduate Professional Programs Coordinator

School of Environment and Sustainability

University of Saskatchewan

323 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Office:306-966-8755

Fax: 306-966-2298

Email:andrea.eccleston@usask.ca

Website:http://www.usask.ca/sens/

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