Our colleagues at NAAEE are offering the following resources for students and educators:
- Nature and Nurture: Understanding the Psychology of Pro-Environmental Behavior
- Do younger generations care more about global warming?
- International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) Volume 6, Number 2
- Children’s Book “Scientists Get Dressed” Explores What Scientists Wear to Make New Discoveries, Save Lives, and Save Our Planet
To find more detail of other resources, click here.
This is a link to an open letter to the HE sector about the climate crisis. This is how it begins:
Dear Vice-Chancellors, UUK and UKRI,
“Humanity stands at the brink of a precipice. If we do not urgently address climate breakdown and the ecological crisis, the very future of life on earth is in question. David Attenborough has said, ‘We cannot be radical enough’ in tackling the climate crisis, and the people are listening. Universities aren’t the bastions of wisdom and knowledge that are urgently needed to combat the climate crisis. Now is the time to increase our efforts.
The crisis is at our doorstep
The impacts of climate change are being felt more rapidly than predicted, with Himalayan glaciers melting twice as fast as expected and the Arctic warming to a full 4°C above average. Thawing permafrost soil is releasing unprecedented amounts of methane and CO2 into the atmosphere. 2018 was the world’s 4th hottest year on record. As the UN warns that climate crisis related disasters are happening at a rate of one a week, the risk we face is that impacts may soon run away from us with changes too swift and unpredictable to mitigate. …“
It ends: “We need to be leaders. We need to transform our universities into action-oriented institutions. Please help us make this possible.” You can add your signature by emailing: email at firstname.lastname@example.org
World Scouting and WWF are working together to raise awareness among young people and inspire action on nature and the environment. Scouting is soon launch a revamped environment programme, Earth Tribe Alliance, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing the planet. The programme engages young people in education about sustainable development, helping youth to better understand the impact of their consumer habits on the environment and how to make choices that are more sustainable. Further detail here.
London’s NHM has a story about a new dinosaur discovered in its collection of skulls and bones. A case of prior misidentification it seems.
Nespresso is turning coffee capsules into designer bikes in collaboration with Sweden’s Velosophy. The initiative is termed RE:CYCLE and 1000 bikes are now available from Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform. The scheme is designed to illustrate the potential of recyclable aluminium and motivate Nespresso fans to recycle their capsules. There’s more detail here.
Natural England is running a a one-day workshop on bringing soil to life to life on 11th October at Yatesbury House Farm near Calne in Wiltshire. This one-day event, comprising presentations, workshops and practical demonstrations, aims to share experience and expertise in communicating soil biology. The event will provide opportunities for networking and help to inspire and educate science communicators to engage audiences with the world of soil biology. More detail and tickets here.