Monthly Archives: October 2015


A new declaration for environmental protection

By | October 23rd, 2015|Webwatch|

The 6th Islamic conference of envronment ministers held in Rabat, Morocco on 8 - 9 October 2015 (the largest convening of Muslim-world Environment Ministers), agreed a number of steps to tackle climate change and challenges facing sustainable development. The conference was organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in conjunction with the Islamic Educational, [...]

Do you think about it?

By | October 22nd, 2015|Book Review|

Don't even Think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change It was the enticing title that persuaded me to order 'Don't even Think about it' from our library.  There was just one copy in the whole county of Cumbria, so it wasn’t high in the popularity charts, which is just the status [...]

Learning for sustainability and the sustainable development goals

By | October 22nd, 2015|Webwatch|

UN Sustainable Development Goals & Learning for Sustainability: implications & opportunities for Scotland's schools This seminar, on the 5th of November at Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh, is for those in the third sector, and in local and national government with an interest in Learning for Sustainability in schools. The seminar will: explore the contribution of Education to [...]

The 2015 Ashden sustainable school awards

By | October 22nd, 2015|Blog|

The four winners of the 2015 Ashden Sustainable School Awards are: Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff – young eco warriors make big energy savings North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Nuneaton – joined up approach to carbon management equals win-win  Home Farm Primary School, Colchester – Essex Primary School on its very best behaviour Marton Primary School, Lincolnshire – pupils’ efforts to reduce carbon footprint of school brings [...]

Ever seen a pine marten?

By | October 20th, 2015|Blog|

We certainly haven't, but the possibility of doing so seems to be on the increase, if a recent report in the Independent is anything to go by.  And not just in Scotland, where these charismatic animals have survived. The Vincent Wildlife Trust is a charity which focuses on our rare mammals and collates any reports of pine martens [...]

Growing Wild

By | October 20th, 2015|Webwatch|

Project Dirt alerts us to Kew's Grow Wild.  This awarding funding of £1,000, £2,500 or £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to engage with nature or transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants. If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before 1 [...]

Another update from San Diego

By | October 18th, 2015|Blog|

Here's Bill Scott's latest comment from the NAAEE conference in San Diego. I went to a session on whether climate change was changing the face of EE.  Marianne Krasny, from Cornell University, led the session that used data from work done following Hurricane Sandy's devastation of New Jersey and New York, and there were contributions from the floor about [...]

The richness of the NAAEE conference

By | October 17th, 2015|Blog|

As we noted earlier in the week, our President, Bill Scott, is attending the NAAEE conference in San Diego.  Here's a comment from him on experiencing the event ... The first thing to note is that there are around 1200 people here representing all aspects of environmental education in North America: teachers, NGO staff, university academics, [...]

Natural Connections conference

By | October 16th, 2015|Webwatch|

The Natural Connections Demonstration Project has been running for three years now.  It is one of the largest outdoor learning projects in the UK, working with 130 primary and secondary schools across the south west of England. Evaluation of how outdoor learning can be embedded into school life, as well as its impact on pupils, [...]

President to President

By | October 15th, 2015|Blog|

NAEE President, Bill Scott, has been at the North American Association of Environmental Education [NAAEE] conference, and will be commenting on this on this blog. Whilst there, he met NAAEE President, Pepe Marcos-Iga, to compare notes on their two organisations, and on the two presidential roles. The picture shows Pepe and Bill at an event during the conference where the [...]