We want to empower people through knowledge, encouraging participation and giving people the tools the need to look after themselves, really. Heidi pointed out that evidence has shown poorer and more deprived communities do tend to be the areas in which “dirtier industries” locate, and that this project will hopefully help those communities educate themselves on potential pollution problems, and how to campaign for change.
ARK project works by not only directing people to the information they need, but helping them understand what it means, and also teaching them how they can help monitor situations, such as showing them how they can take air, or water samples. Heidi explained that the so-called Bucket Brigade projects in poorer parts of America had proved very successful in educating people to monitor local pollution, so much so that the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has given them funding, and the environmentalists have actually taken firms to court. She concluded: “It’s about education – trying to encourage people to participate, to understand their environment and have a say in it, essentially. View Detail: Conveyancing Connection – Offshore Worldsl
We want to help people to campaign for a better environment, and quite often it’s a lot easier for them to do than people think. But they also came to help launch the UN Decade, which will provide an important focus for, and stimulus to sustainable development education in Scotland over the coming years. Well, he was very up front about education and sustainable development, stating that “concepts of sustainability are right at the very heart of our vision for future education”.
The UN Decade, the Minister suggested, is an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of where we are, to set new directions and to give new commitments on how we move forward into the future. The Minister’s upbeat presentation was echoed in those of the other speakers, from the formal education, community and business sectors. But they were far from complacent, taking the opportunity to throw down challenges to the Scottish Executive and conference participants over the role of education in contributing to sustainable development.