In her plenary speech, Dr. Fan Meijun, program director of Institute for Postmodern Development of China, argued that new education model is urgently needed to cultivate persons who serve the local community, serve the ecological civilization. Fan stressed that ecological civilization is a huge project which needs countries to work more in-depth cooperation. “In this sense, the cooperation between China, the second largest economy, and the United States, the largest one, is extremely important,” she noted.
Ecological Civilization and Holistic Human Development:
As a positive vision of human flourishing, ecological civilization is about more than what we can do, it involves who we can become. It’s not merely about having more or doing more, but about being more. Being an “eco-person” speaks to the deeper motivations behind the kinds of actions we need to take in response to our complex social and environmental crisis. The development of eco-persons is connected with the qualitative measure of meaningful relationships.