The World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainability. This very first Congress of its kind in Asia, WEEC 2019, is the 10th congress to be held under the theme of Local Knowledge, Communication and Global Connectivity with the ultimate goal to promote sustainability and environmental cares which have been gaining more and more significance over time and Thailand has commitment to drive for becoming a hub for Environmental Education of Asia-Pacific.
C asean, in partnership with Kasetsart University, has brainstormed for ideas to push the environmental education beyond a one-time conference. On 3rd November 2019, we have invited environmental researchers, startups, government and corporate representatives to share their ideas on improving ASEAN's environmental education scene, and it was the launch of Asia Environment Network (AEN), an international platform that aimed to be the marketplace for environmental solutions.
At the event C asean had the opportunity to interview Mr Gunter Pauli, the author of a book called "Blue Economy", and one of the most recognised environmental educator in the field through his work in Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives. Mr Pauli argues that: "We would live in a world of abundance, not scarcity if only we understand the carrying capacity of the world resources."
From the perspective of an environmental educator, the only intervention to shift the mindsets of people and businesses toward sustainability is showing them the logic of opportunity. We have been focusing on the apparent manufacturing output rather than the full potential of the input material. To visualize the opportunity in terms of the blue economy, understanding a monitoring framework of material flow from the input, to production use, waste and then recovery potential (recycling and backfilling) would be the critical element to help build a better progress measurement for sustainable development programs of any company.
For a company that is operating in business sectors, relating to consumer products, such as ThaiBev, an increase of investment in leveraging the carrying capacity of raw material inputs will certainly reflect in bottom-line improvement.