Chair's Corner for October CEC Newsletter

Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair, presents news from Nagoya and fresh CEC resources including a video, two brochures and accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Keith Wheeler, Chair of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication

This newsletter shares CEC reports from Nagoya, Japan, during a benchmark meeting on biodiversity. More news will follow as we digest our experiences and outcomes of the event, where 20 targets for biodiversity were on the table.

As I explored the side events in Nagoya, I found myself listening to message after message of loss, unmet commitment and at the same time a hope for a process unfolding that will save our planet's biodiversity. The side event organized by CEC was a breath of fresh air. Our CEPA side event was titled “Bringing Science to Life” and challenged traditional ways of communicating biodiversity with a message of love, not loss. CEC aired a powerful new video on the topic and engaged a standing-room only crowd of more than 100 participants.

Also in this newsletter, I am pleased to invite everyone to join CEC on Facebook and Twitter, and to use CEC’s accounts on Slideshare and Picasa. There’s a new CEC brochure about the Commission and a new CEPA brochure. You also will find reports on two CEC surveys, more stories on Youth and Young Professionals, and an intriguing variety of news from CEC members around the world. Finally, I would like to encourage CEC members to submit a story for the November newsletter that tells us how you are “communicating biodiversity”.

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