The RHS I Can Grow project is a chance for young people to discover and explore the benefits of gardening, not only to them, but also to their local community and the wider world. I Can Grow is designed to empower young people, allowing them to create a campaign, using plants, to shout about the environmental and social issues they believe in.
You will need to sign up for a free inspiration pack, project guide and resources to get your class or group thinking about and eventually sharing their campaign. The project is designed to be led by your young people as much as possible so, using the resources, encourage them to think how they could use plants to solve a problem or support a cause that means something to them. Full details here.
Global Educator of the Year nominations are now open for classroom teachers, teaching assistants, school governors, head teachers, and anyone who works in the broader field of education.
The Award recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action. Check out the Think Global article for more information, and to nominate an inspirational educator fill in the nomination form by 11 May 2018.
The Countryside Jobs latest round-up includes:
- Bovine TB strategy review
- new £10 million flood storage basin
- 10,000 new trees boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West
- the opportunity to shape future farming policy
IUCN is 70 years old and its website shows how the organisation aims to mark this milestone. You will find an overview paper: The impact of IUCN resolutions on international conservation efforts which highlights some of the major impacts and influences that IUCN Resolutions have had on conservation.
Its purpose is to focus attention on some of the most significant issues that the IUCN Membership has addressed, working together with IUCN’s six Commissions (on Species, Protected Areas, Environmental Law, Ecosystem Management, Communications and Education, and Environmental, Economic and Social Policy) and supported by IUCN’s Secretariat.
During April, NAAEE will be launching its new research library, in partnership with the Children & Nature Network, Duke University, the Pisces Foundation, and ee360. Also this month there will be a webinar focused on EE and the Next Generation Science Standards with Matt Krehbiel. And in May, award-winning poet, Aimee Nezhukumatathil will share her insights on how we connect to the natural world with writing and poems from her new book of poetry, Oceanic.
Let Teachers SHINE offers up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science. It’s free to enter and open to any qualified, practising teacher working in England. Deadline 17 April. More information and application details can be found here.
Learning through Landscapes says: Do your children know how to grow potatoes, where to see a dragon-fly or how to fire a rocket? Are you one of the 82% of teachers who thinks their school isn’t making as much use of their grounds as they should? Do you know how to make the most of your outdoor teaching and learning spaces?
Either way, it says that Learn and Play Out is an inspirational, accessible and pragmatic set of resources for making changes to Primary school playgrounds in order to provide high quality learning and play experiences. It draws on on Learning through Landscapes’ experience in working with thousands of primary schools, it provides practical support to improve the use, design and management of your outdoor area. You’ll find details here.
Young Champions for the Earth will be identified by UNEP from each global region. The scheme aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.
Each winner will receive:
- US$15,000 in seed funding, and publicity and recognition through online and global media;
- Access to a community of Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring; and participation in an entrepreneurial training programme
The Champions will be required to share their implementation journeys through blogs and vlogs posted on this website for a period of up to one year. You can apply here. Deadline April 16.
Project Dirt asks if you are willing to volunteer a hand (or two)? as there’s a whole host of projects offering great volunteering opportunities via its volunteering tool. These range from from conservation to cooking and beyond …
This year’s Communicate conference for environmental communicators is being held on October 23 and 24 in Bristol, and the CLOtC annual conference is on Thursday 22 November at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.
London National Park City Week – July 21-29 – will celebrate London’s unique green spaces, waterways and natural environment. The programme will allow Londoners (and others) to discover the city with walks, talks, explorations, and family activities. There’s more detail here.