International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

EECOM 2010 Annual National Conference, Burnaby, BC May 19-22

Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM)
2010 Annual National Conference

Diversity, sustainability and environment: Exploring cultural and practical
diversity for environmental learning

(May 19-22, Simon Fraser University)
Call for Submissions
Diversity in sustainability and environmental learning is compounded when one considers the
various cultures, practices and research traditions that inform the field. This complexity
accounts for a range of forms for learning whether it occurs in formal, informal or non-formal
contexts. Cultural diversity is often talked about in educational circles, and it is assumed that
great benefits are to be gained by educators through careful attention to the range of
perspectives that the world has to offer. In terms of curriculum content, pedagogy, and
practice, there is a good deal of evidence that, in order to be more responsive to the needs of
diverse populations, program developments around the world are beginning to reflect the
variation in our society.

In summary, what we are planning for the EECOM 2010 conference is a focus on the
diversity present within the field of environmental learning, both culturally and practically. We
therefore encourage high quality, collaborative proposals which celebrate diversity in
perspectives, methods and/or cultural contexts for the 2010 conference. Proposal submission is
now open and available online ( ). Deadline for submissions is
December 20th, 2009
. Registration will open December 1st, 2009.

The EECOM 2010 National Conference is being hosted by Simon Fraser University (SFU) in
partnership with L'Association québécoise pour la promotion de l'éducation relative à
l'environnement (AQPERE), Interpretation Canada and the Environmental Education
Professional Specialist Association (EEPSA) of the BC Teachers’ Federation, and in collaboration
with Metro Vancouver. This year the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, located in
the Metro Vancouver region, celebrates 40 years of leadership in environmental programming.
We see this 40th anniversary as a milestone for environmental learning in Canada, and one SFU
would like to share with the Canadian and international community by hosting the 2010 EECOM

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