The education ministry and the Taipei City Government held a national forum on environmental education on Thursday. Nearly 200 scholars of environmental education and representatives of environmental education groups took part.
Discussions focused on the themes of sustainable development, climate change, green energy, and environmental ethics.
Another focus of the forum was the varied achievements of schools and local governments across Taiwan in the area of environmental education.
Deputy Taipei Mayor Tsai Ping-kun said that this year, the Taipei City Government has put close to NT$50 million (US$1.7 million) into promoting environmental education classes in schools and improving the necessary equipment and facilities.
Booths showcased specific achievements from across Taiwan. One highlighted cooperation between the Keelung City Government, Keelung’s National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, and private groups to develop classes on the issue of marine garbage. Another booth showed the Yilan County Government’s work to teach students about the importance of eating local produce and making environmentally-friendly choices when deciding what to eat.
Giving the event a global dimension was UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development Arjen Wals, who spoke with attendees about international trends in sustainable development via video link.