A Global Call to Action
We ask the global environmental education community to work toward three visionary goals:
Every nation has an environmentally informed, empowered, and active populace and workforce.
The leadership of every government, business, NGO, and educational institution uses environmental education to achieve environmentally sustainable outcomes.
Every educational institution incorporates environmental literacy into its mission, goals, and activities.
A tall order? Yes. But goals should be tall to keep them in sight as we advance step-by-incremental-step towards attaining them.

A pledge letter is in menu above. By signing it you are endorsing these long-term goals and committing to do your part to achieve them. This website highlights 10 suggested areas for action. Hundreds of educators around the world have vetted these actions and helped outline key areas of focus for the field. Over time, GEEP will provide resources and support, including ongoing campaigns and activities, to help inspire action to move our collective agenda forward. By signing the pledge, you can stay connected to this global network.
Forty-one years ago, leaders from around the globe gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, to agree on a set of goals and principles to help guide the world toward a healthier, more equitable and environmentally sustainable future. The ensuing decades have brought an incredible expansion of the field of environmental education, but also new and expanding environmental challenges that have degraded our forests, oceans, and communities. We are on track to lose more than half of all species on the planet, pushing us toward the tipping point for mass extinction. The impacts of human-induced climate change are spreading like wildfire across the planet, and are disproportionately affecting our most vulnerable communities. The window to slow runaway climate change is quickly closing, and the increase in human population will continue to put enormous pressure on water, food, and energy resources.
Despite the challenges, we have new opportunities for solutions and innovation that didn't exist just a decade ago. We can integrate environmental education with "frontier technologies" and new thinking about what works in education. We can ensure that our solutions are equitable and address the intertwined goals of shared prosperity, ecological integrity, and social equity. And we can better educate people about the dangers of an environmentally degraded world, and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to change our course.
And so, four decades after Tbilisi, we are issuing a global Call to Action. As Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai said:
"There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness.
That time is now."
This Call to Action shows the world that we are committed to helping people shift to a new level of awareness and action, and to playing an indispensable role in bequeathing a livable planet to future generations.
"Environmental education should be provided for all ages, at all levels and in both formal and nonformal education."
We endorse the Ahmedabad Declaration of 2007
"We believe that through education, human lifestyles can be achieved that support ecological integrity, economic and social justice, sustainable livelihoods and respect for all life."
And, we endorse and support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as a global framework for addressing the complex and interconnected challenges facing humanity.
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