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United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

5 August 2005

Today sees the official launch of Gaia Education, a new global educational initiative that aims to distil international ecovillage experience into a common curriculum.  This initiative has been welcomed and endorsed by UNITAR and UNESCO as an important contribution to educational efforts under the umbrella of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Gaia Education is the product of a process of consultation between leading ecovillage educators on every continent over the last several years whose purpose is to formalise and make available to a wide public the experience garnered by ecovillages internationally in pioneering successful models of sustainability.  Over the next two years, the ecovillage educational package designed by Gaia Education will be run as pilot programme in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Cuba and Slovenia and in numerous ecovillages affiliated to the Global Ecovillage Network in Australia, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Mexico, USA, Brazil, Denmark and Senegal.

May East, Gaia Education Programme Director based at the Findhorn Foundation community in the north of Scotland, summed up the importance of the new initiative in the following terms: “What this programme offers – uniquely – is an educational package based on the experiences of communities around the world in designing and implementing sustainability-related initiatives.  It offers both a conceptual road-map to a more sustainable society and the tools for achieving this - through community-level renewable energy generation, organic food production, ecological building techniques, biological waste management, sustainable transport systems, community governance and so on.”

For further information, please contact May East at
<> or on (44) 07776454446.