Building Community Beyond COP17
The official COP17 conference will conclude in Durban Friday, but whatever the outcomes, the work for a just and sustainable world will continue. The conference has provided opportunities for finding community and collaboration with others committed to environmental sustainability for the long term.
It was great to connect with old friends from South Africa at Durban’s Oceans Day, organized by the Global Oceans Forum, says Anamarija Frankic. Friends included Grant Trebble, a regional manager for the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Bernice McLean from Johannesburg, an EcoAfrica Associate in Marine Policy and Coastal Governance.
Their organizations focus on the intersection of conservation and education with local communities. WESSA is an NGO with a wide scope of projects including the Wessa/WWF’s Eco-Schools Programme which has brought a model of cooperative environmental learning to over 1000 schools. EcoAfrica is a consulting company for projects including both environmental and social change components.
We look forward to engaging our efforts and collaborating through the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston, says Anamarija, sustaining the earth requires sustaining each other.
(Based on reports from Durban from GBH Director Anamarija Frankic)