Monthly Archives: April 2017


Saplings Forest School opens today

By | April 24th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Saplings Forest School opens today on Salisbury Plain.  This is an outdoor pre-school, on the road to Pewsey in the heart of Wiltshire.  The pre-school, for children aged two to five, has canvas tents, wooden Wendy Houses, a willow dome, an outdoor kitchen, pulley systems and running drinking water and has been set up by two local teachers [...]

Tomorrow is Earth Day

By | April 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

Earth Day 2017 is tomorrow (22 April), bringing together more than 50,000 organisations in nearly 195 countries in order to "educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide". The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the USA.  It helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Lesson plans and case studies on urban environmental education

By | April 21st, 2017|Webwatch|

NAAEE has posted a series of lesson plans and case studies on urban environmental education developed by participants of online professional development courses. EECapacity (2011). 26 Lesson Plans for Urban Environmental Education. EECapacity, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  EECapacity (2012). 22 Lesson Plans for Urban Environmental Education. EECapacity, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. EECapacity (2014). 25 Lesson Plans for [...]

Earth Ed: rethinking education on a changing planet

By | April 20th, 2017|Book Review|

The Worldwatch Institute has, today, published Earth Ed: rethinking education on a changing planet.  There are 25 chapters with the first and last ones (both by Erik Assadourian, senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and director of State of the World 2017) available as no-cost downloads.  The whole thing will cost you $20 or so, plus shipping. The last chapter is [...]

Protected Planet

By | April 20th, 2017|Webwatch|

Protected Planet is a source of information on protected areas, updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities.  It is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with support from IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). It is a publicly available online platform where you can [...]

Circular Economy update

By | April 19th, 2017|Webwatch|

Click here for the latest from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on the Circular Economy. The Circulate Reading List is a monthly review of issues relevant to the circular economy.  It begins like this: Phones, cars and buildings are just part of the circular economy story.  Find out why the biological cycle holds so much potential with Circulate's latest [...]

Changing how you look at things changes how you see them!

By | April 19th, 2017|Blog|

Today's Guest Blog is by Stephen Martin, Honorary Professor, University of Worcester, Visiting Professor in Learning for Sustainability, University of the West of England, and President of Change Agents UK. Changing how you look at things changes how you see them! Put another way, it is crucial that we retain and facilitate the ability to think outside the [...]

Does changing our behaviour at school actually make a difference in terms of climate change?

By | April 18th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Does changing our behaviour at school actually make a difference in terms of climate change? And if it does, how can we know? Sheila Gundry Bins slopping with school dinner waste.... images of tonnes of unnecessary waste dumped in landfill sites.... waste can really capture children’s attention. What’s more, it’s a tangible issue for children [...]

Trends and technologies in the UK energy agenda

By | April 18th, 2017|Webwatch|

You can download the 2017 World Energy Issues Monitor here. It shows that renewables ranked high in impact within every region identified in a survey of more than 1,200 energy leaders in 95 countries. Solar has seen immense growth in installed capacity reaching 227 GW by the end of 2015, while global wind power generation [...]

British Science Education

By | April 13th, 2017|Webwatch|

You can read the latest from British Science Education here.  BSE says that: "The poster and photo competitions that run as part of British Science Week are still open for entries for another month!  Get creative and you can be in with a chance of winning exciting prizes including copies of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine and a camera." There's [...]