October 25, 2004
Southampton College Hosts “Renewing Community Earth” Education Conference
Amanda Olsen (Amanda.Olsen@liu.edu)
Southampton, NY – Renewing Community Earth, an organization founded to support sustainable development, held its first gathering Friday on the campus of Southampton College. Based on the success of the forum, Renewing Community Earth will begin a dialog with educators to initiate pilot projects on local sustainable development issues in area schools and youth organizations.
According to Institute co-director, Prof. Scott Carlin, “this was a very successful day. The participants all strongly agreed that local schools and local youth need educational avenues to renew community earth.”
Approximately 35 educators and community leaders came to brainstorm about new experiential educational initiatives. This work is part of an international series of educational initiatives under the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
“In a world beset by a myriad of problems, it was inspiring to be with a group of culturally diverse people engaged in the search for ideas and solutions to create a better world,” said Peter Maniscalco, Renewing Community Earth coordinator and forum organizer.
The day long forum included a welcoming ceremony by Shinnecock Nation elder, Elizabeth Haile, and discussion circles focused on Creativity and Spirituality, Living in Nature, Community and Cultural Diversity, and Sustainable Technology.
Renewing Community Earth is an initiative of the Group for the South Fork, the Institute for Sustainable Development at Long Island University, and Friends World College of Long Island University. The program encourages youth to understand and respect the diverse yet interdependent nature of their world and celebrates creativity and innovation through experiential education programs.