46th Annual Conference, East Coast Colleges Social Science Association, 4/3-4/20, Herndon, VA

Climate change and environmental issues are of the utmost critical concern today. While some do not believe that these environmental concerns are the real problem, evidence shows that the nature of the climate, storms, hurricanes, typhoons, flooding, air quality, pollution, water toxicity and more are getting increasingly worse.

The environment does not operate in a vacuum and should not be represented that way.  There is a human component to every aspect of what happens in the environment. There is a human-environment interaction, and many are not aware of the connection and how human behavior contributes significantly to many environmental changes and demise.

There is a need to raise awareness and educate all about the human contributions to environmental impacts and to the future sustainability of the nation, world and planet. Therefore, it is the call of the 2020 46th Annual ECCSSA Conference Roundtable to focus on all aspects of the environment, including climate change and the role of academia in helping leaders, students, community and citizens at large  become more aware, and understand their contributions and role in saving the natural world.

ECCSSA would like to hear from those professionals focusing on the environment about your efforts toward this end. We invite proposals for planned or implemented innovative strategies, models, curricula, instructional programs, public education campaigns, promotional and educational media, ongoing research studies, published papers or those in progress.  This call is for representatives from across all disciplines in academia and related institutions. This also includes the wide spectrum of educators and related professionals who are educating students, the public and communities about environmental issues, impacts and effects, relative to the role humans play in the environment. We are interested in local, regional, national, international and global analyses and comparisons.  ECCSSA also calls for interdisciplinary, cross disciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborative models. We seek proposals from those in higher education, elementary & postsecondary education, related organizations, federal, state and local government, NGOs, research institutions and community-based organizations, as well as corporate and private enterprise efforts.

Understanding the human-environmental connection is critical to sustaining the world for all citizens.  It is especially critical for social and public policy analysts and specialists; federal, state and local government policymakers; and administrators, teachers, researchers and scientists in all disciplines and at all levels of education. This collective focus on the environment at this critical time will be crucial to providing leadership, guidance, education and awareness, for effective intervention. All citizens have a role to play in remedying the environmental problems that exists worldwide.  Moreover, this is the right time for educators, behavioral, social scientists, scientists and other related professionals to develop pertinent knowledge, skills and strategies to enhance their capability to interface, deliver and educate their constituencies.

This understanding and human-environment nexus is vital for the survival of human and animal life and our planet and has largely been unknowing. Many of the natural disasters have their origin in the lack of understanding about the importance of the human-environment interaction. In addition, there is much that can be done to make these natural disasters lessen when we understand our role and contributions to the environment and the resulting effects.

For more information including how to submit a proposal go here.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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