The 150th anniversary of ecology was celebrated in 2016 with a Round Table discussion at European Parliament, Brussels. This celebration was born due to an aspiration to develop a social collective mind of what Ecology, as a science, represents in the present threatened world.
Ecology is an integrative science that provides explanations about the challenges we face today that can reframe the relation between humans and nature. Ecologists have now the responsibility to contribute to reconcile social and economical development with ecological sustainability, pursuing the targets of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Following the political messages addressed in 2016 at European Parliament during the 150th anniversary of the definition of Ecology by Ernst Haeckel, the Portuguese Ecological Society – SPECO - proposed the 14th September to be adopted as the World Ecology Day.
SPECO propose to mark the day by hosting different kinds of public and media events closely related to ecology, in a broad sense. These events provide an opportunity to citizens of all ages to engage with ecologists, to develop practical workshops, visit field experiments, discuss basic and applied approaches, and visit museums or exhibitions related to ecology. The great mission of this celebration is to increase societal awareness that Ecology, as a science, has a central role in identifying sustainability problems and in finding solutions to tackle them. Staying together within this mission we believe we could potentially convey the importance of ecological knowledge to people outside the scientific community, including policymakers and economists.
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