Asia-Pacific Green Academy (APGA) 2014

| Date: March 17-21. 2014 | Venue: Calatagan, Batangas Province, Philippines |

The APGA 2014 is a 5-day special education program for young people during their vacation period and activists from green parties and movements across the Asia Pacific region. The Academy will include lectures (with field work), seminars and workshops on fundamental knowledge about Green politics and Green economy principles, history, and policy achievements.  Specifically, the training It will focus on ecology, non-violence, social justice, eco-governance and democracy.  

The Academy is intended to serve as a platform for sharing practical knowledge on green party building, development and management.

The chief organisors of this project are Ecoxia International and Partido Kalikasan Institute Inc.

Background

Across the planet the importance of developing sustainable societies capable of adapting to environmental crisis, both globally and locally, is a topic of discussion.  Acquiring a fundamental “philosophy” about why we aim to realize a sustainable society; how we can define it; what kind of economic and political measures we should adopt for it is an important first step towards the goal of sustainability.

The Green Academy workshops will discuss these fundamental factors of building a sustainable society; participants will learn systematically the core values and thoughts of sustainability and ecology as well as Green politics and Green economy.

The Academy moreover aims to give this special educational opportunity to the next generation who does not have access to an average educational system.

Already in Europe and Australia, similar educational opportunities are offered. Green schools (at the local level) and Green Summer University (at national and international level) are held every year.  Therefore we as Green Institutes should take on a role to carry it out in cooperation with local and regional Green organizations, activists and specialists.

Registration Fees

Tuition Fee will be set up with a socialized rate as follows:

  1. Regular: $250 US Dollars
  2. Solidarity: $300 US Dollars
  3. Reduced: $200 US Dollars

Students who participate in the Green Academy shall be discounted for $50 USD. Subsidy maybe made available for select participants on a case to case basis.

Deadline for registration and payment is February 28, 2014.

Program

Date: Term 1: 10:00 ~ 12:00 (120 mins) Term 2: 12:15 ~ 13:15 (60 mins) Term 3: 14:15 ~ 16:45 (150 mins) Term 4: 17:00 ~ 18:00 (60mins)
 1st Day  Green philosophy lecture Report writing & discussions  Seminar on Green Policy: Ecology Workshop on related issue 1
2nd Day  Green society and economy lecture  Report writing & discussions  Field Study-Tour for Ecology  Workshop on related issue 2
3rd Day  Green politics 1 lecture  Report writing & discussions Seminar on Green Policy: Democracy  Workshop on related issue 3
4th Day  Green politics 2 lecture  Report writing & presentations Seminar on Green Policy: Social Justice  Workshop on related issue 4
5th Day  Green politics 2 Field Study Tour  Report writing & presentations Seminar on Green Policy: Non-violence  Workshop on related issue 5

Program Details:

Term 1: basic lectures by supervisors from Green Institute or specialists, on the following themes:

  1. Green Philosophy: Explain the history of Green ideas, basic philosophical resources of green-ecological ideology such as deep ecology, social ecology, eco-feminism, non-violence, participatory democracy, and political ecology.
  2. Green Society/Economy: Explain eco-economy and green-sustainable economy frameworks, introducing their best practices across the world. Discuss the ideals that Greens aim to realise, such as respecting ecology and sustainability, social (including gender) equality, respecting human and minority rights, social and cultural diversity.
  3. Green Poilitics: Introduce the history and achievements of Green politics worldwide, including a field study tour (visiting parliamentary house, meeting Green local politician etc.)

Term 2: Report-writing, discussion and presentations on the lecture of the day (by participants)

Term 3: applied/practical seminars by invited speakers on how to implement specific Green policies by supervisors from Green Institute or Green specialists, including ecology, social justice, democracy and non-violence. (including a field-study tour to the venue for a best practice examples on sustainable ecology/economy)

Term 4: Practical workshops between instructors and participants on seminar of the day