Monthly Archives: May 2017

IUCN Newsletter latest

By | May 31st, 2017|Webwatch|

IUCN's recent newsletter contained the following features: The Baltic Sea - the Territory of Sustainable Development The 18th International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day", which has already become a traditional event for St. Petersburg, was held on 22-23 March 2017. The main theme of the event was the relationship between sustainable development goals and environmental [...]

Tuesday Round up May 30th

By | May 30th, 2017|Webwatch|

1. Here's the May bulletin from Scotland's United Nations recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.  The Update from Scotland begins: John Ruskin wrote that “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” This would be a positive attitude with which [...]

Natural England reports outdoor learning research

By | May 29th, 2017|Blog|

Here's a selection from a round up of recent evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items issued by the partnership of Natural England with The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Historic England on behalf of and for the Strategic Research Groups. The Possibilities of “Doing” Outdoor and/or [...]

Work on the Wild Side

By | May 29th, 2017|Book Review|

NotDeadFish, a social change consultancy, recently announced a new report: Work on the Wild Side.  You can download it here. This, NDF says, attempts to debunk the myth that outdoor learning and residentials are not viable teaching mechanisms. It adds: "As accountability within schools increases and budgets decrease, it is easy to see how outdoor learning can [...]

Our plastic footprint

By | May 29th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Marine Conservation Society wants June to be the month to reduce our ‘plastic footprint’. For more information, free resources, how to join the plastic challenge community click here. The MSC says that simple wins include getting your water bottle and lunch box out and using them; re-using the plastic wrappers food does come for other uses; enjoying [...]

Questions at an election

By | May 28th, 2017|Webwatch|

The Soil Association has drawn up a list of questions to ask candidates on the doorstep or in the street.  Of course, these explore the Associaton's priorities – but many (most?) of these are widely shared.  They are also questions that provide a rounded framework for exploring issues about farming and food with young people [...]

Garden Organic in May

By | May 27th, 2017|Webwatch|

The May edition of Garden Organic's newsletter is here.  This includes: The fight against the use of neonicotinoids – Good news! Last month, two important steps were made in the fight to rid our gardens and countryside of damaging neonicotinoid insecticides.  Both Defra and B&Q have made bold steps to reduce the use of neonics. International Compost Awareness Week [...]

Thinking of the MEEN

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

Our thoughts have been with MEEN, the Manchester Environmental Education Network, this week, but not because of the environmental education they do. MEEN is dedicated to supporting teachers, organisations and individuals working to promote environmental education and education for sustainability. You'll find details of what MEEN does here.  It helps educationalists meet up, share good practice and train [...]

Research about connecting children to nature

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

Researchers in sustainability science at Stockholm University are seeking input from professionals about connecting children to nature.  Their request starts: We are researchers in sustainability science and we are seeking input from professionals in the field of connecting children to nature.  We have prepared a survey to understand what kind of nature experiences connect children to nature, and what kind of abilities [...]

School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference

By | May 26th, 2017|Webwatch|

The first School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference will take place from 30th June – 1st July at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. It aims to revive interest in school-based farming and the role farms in schools have in the development of an holistic education.  The conference will have keynote presentations, breakout sessions and practitioner-focused sharing and practical workshops, [...]