Ecology Note - From Critical Thinking to Critical Action

25 June 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (JST)

In order to address and respond to emerging environmental issues, it is important to encourage all stakeholders to take responsible and collaborative actions through education that includes awareness raising and capacity development. In the field of waste management, education plays a critical role in establishing the 3Rs principles (reduce, reuse and recycle) and promoting more sustainable consumption patterns that prevent waste generation and achieve proper waste management. It is especially important to empower the young generation through environmental education, so that they make responsible decisions and take actions early on in life. Therefore, alongside its provision of support for proper waste management, CCET has been helping to develop environmental education programs and materials for partner countries in Asia, including Myanmar, Cambodia and Bhutan.

In this context, CCET’s “Ecology Note” educational material, which is based on the local context of the country, including their daily customs, lifestyle, and Gross National Happiness (GNH), was adopted nationwide by Bhutanese elementary schools at the request of the country's National Environment Commission (NEC).

Based on CCET’s experience in waste management, the Ecology Note was designed to provide opportunities to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility. Using an active learning approach, it also aimed to foster the ability to identify and analyse key issues and find optimal solutions by employing collaborative and self-motivated activities such as exploration, discussions, and presentations. The booklet also deepened students’ understanding of sustainable waste and resource management topics including waste prevention, composting, and the 3Rs in general. 

In this webinar, the presentation and discussion will focus on 1) how environmental education can be designed by the government and city, 2) how it can be effectively implemented through an active learning approach that is directed towards taking critical actions and transformation for sustainable development, and 3) how international cooperation and mutual learning among countries and cities can enhance meaningful education.  

Event Details

25 June 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (JST)


English / Japanese
(Simultaneous interpretation)
Related Links

IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-874-7636 / Fax: +81-46-855-3809 / E-mail: [email protected]

Presentation Materials

14:00-14:05 Introduction Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, CCET  

Moderator: Dr. Premakumara Jagath DICKELLA GAMARALALAGE, Deputy Director, CCET

14:05-14:15 Presentation 1 Introduction of Ecology Note
The roles of environmental education for shifting toward making critical action, CCET initiatives to develop the Ecology Note
Ms. Miwa Tatsuno, Programme Coordinator, CCET
14:15-14:35 Presentation 2 Experience in the application of Ecology Note in Bhutan
Ecology Note development and the curriculum designing for nationwide environmental education, roles of the ministries (NEC and REC) to promote environmental education at schools (tentative)
Ms. Ugyen Tshomo, Waste Management Division, The National Environment Commission Secretariat, Bhutan
14:35-14:50 Presentation 3 Lessons learnt from Japanese city
How the city promotes and supports environment education for children (tentative)
Mr. Akihiro Hansei, Unit Head, Environmental Studies Division, Environment Bureau, Kitakyushu City
14:50-15:00 Presentation 4 Role of national government in creating enabling environment
National initiatives and international collaboration to promote environmental education in Japan, the role of the Ministry of the Environment in strengthening environmental education at the national level, and findings from the experience of international collaboration and future developments, etc. (tentative)
Ms. Kumi TASHIRO, PhD, Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Education, General Policy Division, Ministry's Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment
15:00-15:30 Discussion