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Be part of Ecsite's Rio + 20 campaign!

We would like you be involved in Ecsite’s Nature Group Rio + 20 campaign. Why? Science centres and museums are on the front lines of public education about sustainable development. Keep the momentum by sharing your efforts and ideas with the science communication community. h2. To benefit the science communication community:

  • -promote and showcase informal science education as a contributor to global environmental sustainability
  • -increase visibility of the science centre and museum community among international organizations and the media

To benefit your science centre or museum:

  • -demonstrate that your institution is present in a current global issue which has major political and environmental implications
  • -be part of a coherent campaign to inform your public about global sustainable development

Be involved – in two simple steps

1.The Catalogue of Actions:

We want your contribution to the Science centres and museums: Inspiring people to action for the planet catalogue.

Just fill out a fact sheet for each sustainability education action your institution has advanced (now and in the past).

The diverse actions of science centres and museums in Europe will be assembled into a knowledge-sharing catalogue to be available in www.ecsite.eu ’s Resources section.

Your action (if it is a current or future action) may also be added to the Planet Under Pressure Google Map. It’s another way you can share your work with the rest of the world: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=215056729993207170503.0004b2d2c530839a92d6c

Send your completed form (attached, below) to Michele Antoine, Chair, Nature Group, michele.antoine@sciencesnaturelles.be by 30 March 2012.

2.The short film:

Record a 30-second to 1-minute video clip of your sustainable development action. This could be an explainer demonstrating an exhibit, footage of visitors learning about environmental issues in your centre or museum, or any other creative approach you can think of. You may also use previously-recorded footage which is longer than one minute, but bear in mind all clips will be cut to fit the finished film.

The clip is not expected to be professional quality (you can use your iPhone, a small video camera, a photo camera, etc). You can also speak in your national language(s) – just please provide a transcript/description in English so we can include subtitles.

All clips will be compiled into a professionally-produced mini film depicting the sustainability education efforts of science centres and museums around the world.

The video will be made available for use as a promotional tool for members of all science centre and museum networks and will also be shown in conjunction with Rio + 20 events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Please return your video clip along with the attached Video footage form by 30 March 2012 to Emma Wadland, Ecsite Communications Officer and Webmaster: ewadland@ecsite.eu. Heavy files can be sent using Wetransfer: www.wetransfer.com/

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