Prof. Wei-Ta Fang

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Keynote Speech: How Best to Re-connect Nature and Humans to Save the Planet?

Biography:

Distinguished Professor and Director, Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Prof. Fang is currently serving as a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University and is the Presidents of the Society of Wetland Scientists Asia Chapter and Taiwan Wetland Society. He received a BA degree in Land Economics and Administration from National Taipei University, received his first master's degree in Environmental Planning (MEP) from Arizona State University, second master's degree in Landscape Architecture in Design studies (MDes.S.) from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Texas A&M University, USA.

Abstract:

The impact of human activities on Earth are sufficient to form a new geologic epoch. The Industrial Revolution was the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch, but to date neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy nor the International Union of Geological Sciences has approved this slice of geologic time. Nonetheless, soon after this concept was put forward, many scholars posited that the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch should be earlier and based on science. Scientists have documented 50% of the biota that once lived on Earth have become extinct since humans arrived. The continued increase in human population and excessive consumption of the planet’s natural resources may lead to the Earth’s 6th mass extinction event. Promoting sustainable development should be a goal pursued by governments of all countries.

If environmental problems exist, then environmental protection at all levels of government and society are needed to reconnect Nature and Humans to save the planet. The ecological problems humans face today comes from the loss of traditional knowledge, values, human behavior, and ethics. Pro-environmental behaviors (PEB), therefore, promote both the intrinsic value of nature and the protection of nature and its sacredness. Therefore, we need to address environmental issues through advocacy, education, and activism. The environmental education (EE) learning elements include concepts such as natural resource conservation, environmental management, ecological principles, environmental interaction and interdependence, environmental ethics, and sustainability. The goals for environmental education are lofty, but all are aimed to cultivate human environmental awareness and sensitivity, knowledge, values and attitudes, and mobility skills, and experience.

Environmental education shoulders the responsibility of cultivating national level, and socially based environmental protection programs, such as education, restoration, and conservation. The sustainable development talents of the students that are related to environmental quality, environmental resources, and sustainable development relationship that are cultivated through university programs may contribute to the economic and social development of various countries. Understanding the ecology of the environments within which we live and protecting the environment is a common thread through all people and cultures.

Abstract

Prof. Wei-Ta Fang

The impact of human activities on Earth are sufficient to form a new geologic epoch. The Industrial Revolution was the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch, but to date neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy nor the International Union of Geological Sciences has approved this slice of geologic time. Nonetheless, soon after this concept was put forward, many scholars posited that the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch should be earlier and based on science. Scientists have documented 50% of the biota that once lived on Earth have become extinct since humans arrived. The continued increase in human population and excessive consumption of the planet’s natural resources may lead to the Earth’s 6th mass extinction event. Promoting sustainable development should be a goal pursued by governments of all countries.
If environmental problems exist, then environmental protection at all levels of government and society are needed to reconnect Nature and Humans to save the planet. The ecological problems humans face today comes from the loss of traditional knowledge, values, human behavior, and ethics. Pro-environmental behaviors (PEB), therefore, promote both the intrinsic value of nature and the protection of nature and its sacredness. Therefore, we need to address environmental issues through advocacy, education, and activism. The environmental education (EE) learning elements include concepts such as natural resource conservation, environmental management, ecological principles, environmental interaction and interdependence, environmental ethics, and sustainability. The goals for environmental education are lofty, but all are aimed to cultivate human environmental awareness and sensitivity, knowledge, values and attitudes, and mobility skills, and experience.
Environmental education shoulders the responsibility of cultivating national level, and socially based environmental protection programs, such as education, restoration, and conservation. The sustainable development talents of the students that are related to environmental quality, environmental resources, and sustainable development relationship that are cultivated through university programs may contribute to the economic and social development of various countries. Understanding the ecology of the environments within which we live and protecting the environment is a common thread through all people and cultures.