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A green curriculum – content and purpose

By | April 7th, 2020|Blog|

Today's post is by Ben Ballin and Richard Dawson and takes the form of a dialogue about the nature of a green curriculum. "It is interesting when you get quoted in someone else’s article.  This happened to Ben, when he was approached by a curious journalist who was writing an article on ‘green schools’, having read a [...]

April 6th 2020

By | April 6th, 2020|Webwatch|

"When things get back to normal, we'll ...".  How many times have you heard that recently?  It's a fervent wish of countless millions of people, and yet, what will it look like?  Will every closed small business re-open?  Will every job still exist?  Will all charities survive the virus?  The financial health of the charity sector (which contains [...]

Pandemics and the way we humans live

By | March 31st, 2020|Blog|

This is a link to a long article on the Ensia website by John Vidal, its environment editor.  It's not about COVID-19 specifically, but about the increasing risks of pathogens crossing species boundaries to humans.  Here are a few extracts to give a sense of what the article covers: "Mayibout 2 is not a healthy place.  The 150 [...]

March 30th 2020

By | March 30th, 2020|Webwatch|

A week on and the country is in many ways barely recognisable as the changes to our lives because of COVID-19 take effect.  Schools are mostly shut, but are supporting students learning at home, and universities are teaching on-line. Teach the Future has suspended its campaign, acknowledging that now is not the time to be trying [...]

How’s your nature connectedness?

By | March 24th, 2020|Blog|

A recently-published report by Natural England concludes that supporting human and environmental health, needs both contact and connection with nature.  Furthermore, a new national measure of nature connectedness shows connection to nature is good for people's psychological wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours. Natural England says that nature connectedness is a relatively new and measurable psychological construct that describes [...]

March 23rd 2020

By | March 23rd, 2020|Webwatch|

Deep into March, there seems little room in the press or on TV to think of anything other than the effects of COVID-19, and we wish all our readers and their families and colleagues well in the coming weeks (and probably months).  Although NAEE is a very small part of the complexity of the UK economy, [...]

Roadblocks to quality education in an era of climate change

By | March 17th, 2020|Blog|

A new paper from the Christina Kwauk at the Brookings Institute – Roadblocks to quality education in an era of climate change – has four goals. – First, it sets out to illustrate why more attention to, and investment in, education as a means of reducing risk and increasing informed action about climate change is needed, "lest the technofixes of [...]

March 16th 2020

By | March 16th, 2020|Webwatch|

Teach the Future is a joint campaign run by UKSCN and SOS-UK students to repurpose the education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.  Are you interested in joining the project team as a volunteer?  There are currently about 50 students involved, aged 13-25, and the group is run via Slack technology. They are running 3 [...]

Natural England’s February research update

By | March 12th, 2020|Blog|

This is another update from Natural England this time in relation to Nature Connectedness. . Human-nature relationships in context. Experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions that shape children's desire to protect nature M Giusti - PLoS ONE, 2019 What relationship with nature shapes children’s desire to protect the environment? This study crosses conventional disciplinary boundaries to explore this question. [...]

March 9th 2020

By | March 9th, 2020|Webwatch|

Students from Teach the Future are meeting Secretary of State Gavin Williamson at 0830 this morning to press their case for a government-commissioned inquiry into how the whole of the English formal education system is preparing students for the climate emergency and ecological crisis.  We'll bring you updates when possible.  ∫∫∫ Tuesday update: The meeting was cancelled owing [...]