Lulu Tan, a second-year student in environmental studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), held a roundtable presentation on environmental education in China at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference, held October 12-15 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tan’s topic was “Earth Hour China, New Partnerships and Change Beyond 60 Minutes.” She shared her experiences of public environmental education in China and how Earth Hour, the biggest environmental campaign in China, can reach millions of people and expand from a single event. She talked about how it can promote learning, collaboration, environmental commitments, and sustainable actions among media, governments, organizations, and enterprises in China.
Tan also discussed the challenges facing environmental education in China with attendees from the American Forest Foundation, Lincoln Foundation, the University of Massachusetts, and other organizations. She is now working to build bridges between American and Chinese environmental educators and foster mutual understanding between the two countries.
Tan is one of the 2009 Fellows in the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. She comes from China, where she had worked for World Wildlife Foundation China for more than five years.
The Ford Foundation Fellowship is a program designed to promote social justice, community development, and access to higher education. AUNE has had Ford Fellows regularly over the last ten years and currently has seven.