02 May 2018
We regret to inform you that Edward Radatz, founder of CEI and the first among caretakers, passed away. Will remain in our memory.
In Memoriam Edward Radatz
World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
26 February 2018
Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmen-tal destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwa-ter availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiver-sity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring. The full text of the article by William Ripple and others.
Call for action
19 January 2018
The organization Global Environmental Education Partnership focuses on using the potential of environmental education in solving pressing global problems, both environmental and social.One of GEEP's scientific advisers, Professor Arjen Wals from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, publishes a questionnaire on his blog, which is to be used to determine the direction of GEEP's strategic activities for the next 10 years. In this research should not lack the opinions of environmental educators and not only. We encourage you to participate in shaping the global GEEP action plan for environmental education by filling out the questionnaire available here.
Online registration on CEI 2018 is open now
02 January 2018
From yesterday, registration of participants of CEI 2018 conference is open.More information you can find on this site or on the official CEI 2018 website.
New Year 2018!
31 December 2017
To all caretakers, sympathizers and visitors of the site, we wish you a happy, successful New Year!
Homepage of CEI 2018 Conference in Austria is ready!
21 November 2017
The CEI-Hosts 2018 have finished the homepage for the 2018 CEI Conference in Austria!The page has the following address: https://cei2018at.wixsite.com/cei2018Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1923510601223178/Twitter address: https://twitter.com/CEI_AUSTRIA2018Instagramm: https://www.instagram.com/cei2018at/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy2BLrZ5S1UohEqOlKvlZ2w
Data provided by Bernd Fiechtl
Teachers Training Course
15 September 2017
CEI Poland is organizing Teachers Training Course for teachers from Poland and abroad, from 6th to 10th of November this year. This is one of the tasks under the ERASMUS+ project „EduCO2cean - STS Education models to transmit to society the challenge of global change in the ocean”, coordinated by the ASPEA (CEI Portugal), in collaboration with the University of Vigo Spain, Ciencia Viva Portugal, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, CEI Poland and schools in Portugal, Spain and Poland. The aim of the five-day course is to present methods for creating student activity and promoting good practices in environmental education. Classes will be conducted in English and Polish language, 8 hours a day, by academic staff of the University of Silesia. The partner is the Scientific Information Center and the Academic Library in Katowice, and the event is covered by the Honorary Patronage of the President of the City of Katowice and the Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia. This demonstrates the great importance of ecological education for local authority. But environmental education is also very important in the world, for international organizations and universities. Very inspiring and compelling to think in this regard are words from interview with Arjen Wals* Transgressive learning in times of global systemic dysfunction, quoted below:Well we need nothing less than a radical re-orientation of education. The one single species that has been able to alter the Earth’s ecosystems, climates, ocean levels, biodiversity in detrimental ways, must now find a way to do better. Indeed positivistic, reductionist, empirical analytical science and a neo-liberal economic system that demands continuous growth and innovation has broad us loads of possibilities and has made live for many very comfortable – although certainly not for all, but we now are beginning to understand that the ‘side-effects’ of this way of thinking are accelerating and limiting the futures for humanity and the other species we are dragging into our mess.
Note: for people from abroad, interested in participation, there are still several places for free. Accommodation in Katowice on your own cost. Info by contact box. Detailed program of TTC.
*) Arjen Wals is Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University, also Founding Board Member and Past President of CEI.
CEI President's Message
06 August 2017
This year we have conference number 31 in a long row of successful conferences where students and teachers from many different countries and cultures have met to learn, to study, to network and to enjoy both formal and informal education all with the purpose to encourage environmental education and to encourage the younger generations to be aware of and to act on environmental challenges.
These are the words of Ms. Elisabeth Brune, the President of CEI, at the opening of the 31st CEI Conference. Whole speech on conference opening you can find on this site, in Global Forum vol. 28 nr 1...
Help to complete the information on the website of CEI
05 January 2017
This is my polite request addressed to the hosts of past conferences (1987 - 2004) and participants: If you have material from these conferences - reports, programs, photos, reviews, etc., share them with us and send to the address help(at)caretakers4all(dot)org. Your cooperation will enrich the knowledge of CEI in the world. Thank you in advance.
On the way to CEI2017
04 January 2017
Dear Caretakers, Happy New Year. We hope that participating in CEI2017 conference is one of your New Year's resolutions.
The theme of the Conference is Sustainable Design. Check the website http://www.cei2017.org/ for information, particularly about Project Requirements to help you with the project you are expected to develop in your school and community and of course, also check some funding ideas to help you find the necessary funding to attend the CEI2017 conference in Salem, USA.
The application for attendance of the conference as an alumni is open until January 15th, should you fit the required conditions.
Fatima Matos Almeida
ASPEA - Associacao Portuguesa de Educacao AmbientalCaretakers of the Environment International/Portugal
Affiliate of the Earth Charter
05 December 2016
Hello fellow Caretakers and our guests,
We are excited to welcome you to our newly updated website! Please take a few moments to browse and become familiar with its features. We shall continue to digitize over 30 years of Caretakers accomplishments, stories and memories in the coming months, and look forward to our next annual conference.
Whether you have already been engaged in our incredible journey and network, or are considering your first Caretakers conference, please feel free to contact any of us, or simply share your feedback.
Best regards and take care,
CEI Board of Directors