EGU 2024 - Call for abstracts session: 'Where do we stand on sustainable development? Geoscience education and UN 2030 Agenda'


Società Geologica Italiana

Carissimi Soci SGI,
Carissimi Soci Società Associate,

su indicazione della Prof.ssa Francesca Lozar (Università di Torino), vi segnaliamo la Call for Abstracts della sessione "Where do we stand on sustainable development? Geoscience education and UN 2030 Agenda​" organizzata nell'ambito dell'EGU General Assembly 2024 (Austria & Online | 14–19 Aprile 2024).

In allegato la locandina della sessione.

Cordiali saluti,

La Segreteria

Titolo: Where do we stand on sustainable development? Geoscience education and UN 2030 Agenda.
Final deadline: 10 gennaio 2024

If geosciences education is a key component of education for sustainability and has the potential to change human behavior towards sustainability, then we should ask ourselves: How can earth science educators promote this change? The appropriate time to ask thisquestion is right now, since we are halfway on the road to 2030 assumed by the UN COP21 (Paris 2015) and many studies, including the UN 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Report, have revealed weaknesses and delays in the path toward the Goals, hindered by the impacts of the climate crisis, the wars in critical regions, the fragility of the global economy, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this session we expect to receive contributions from all fields of geoscience education; the idea is to gather different Earth science teaching and learning experiences related to the Sustainable Development Goals, in order to understand what has already been done to put future geoscientists at the center of the problem, considering that they will play a crucial role in implementing the SDGs and moving society toward a more sustainable future (geohazards mitigation, energy transition, wise management of georesources, climate change adaptation, pollution reduction, among other issues). A direct outcome of this first goal could be the creation of a Europe-wide network of teachers active in geoscience education for sustainable development, who can exchangemethodologies and best practices.
A second, desirable outcome of the session would be to outline a framework in which to move in the immediate future, given the imperative urgency of aligning education with the Sustainable Development Goals before it is too late, before - in the words of UN Secretary General António Guterres – "the 2030 Agenda will become an epitaph for a world that might have been", with the ultimate goal of enpowering the young generation for achieving the Goals and move toward a more sustainable society.
Francesca Lozar