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26-08-2015 Cop20 news

Environmental Dialogue on Climate Change Education and Awareness

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Lima, August 26, 2015. – Showing its commitment to strengthen environmental awareness and education policies, the Ministry of the Environment conducted the “Environmental Dialogue: impacts of the Ministerial Declaration on Climate change Education and Awareness-raising”, within the framework of the Second Week of Climate Commitment. Several experts made presentation in the event, including Claudia Figallo, General Coordinator for CCDWR of MINAM; Jose Martín Cárdenas of the GDECEC of MINAM, as well as representatives of the civil society, private sector and the State.

In this regard, the reach of the Lima Ministerial Declaration on Climate change Education and Awareness-raising, aiming at visualizing initiatives and projects on climate change education and awareness-raising implemented by the public and private sector.
Within this framework, José Martín Cárdenas, representative of the General Direction of Education, Culture and Environmental Citizenship (GDECEC), presented the last investigations and educational projects that are being promoted by the Ministry of the Environment to promote creative practices to engage children in environmental issues.

Afterwards, there was a Round Table with representatives of private and public organizations, such as Mario Tavera (PUCP), Estefanie Martens (Supermercados Peruanos S.A.), Paloma Roldán (Ciudad Sostenible) and Ana Cecilia Abregú (Institución Educativa Callao), who discussed on the role of private actors in the environmental citizenship approach from the Peruvian school and presented examples of sustainable initiatives fostered by the institutions they represent.

To sum up, they highlighted the role of education to generate changes in children behavior, for them to become environmental and social transformation agents. SO, for Roldán, “the challenge is making regular citizens aware of their environmental actions so that they become truly sustainable”.

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