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Reflections on a Green Apple

By | November 17th, 2018|Blog|

Nina Hatch, chair of NAEE's executive committee writes about the award of a Green Apple. Awards come in all shapes and sizes and can mean a great deal (or not) to the recipient.  The one NAEE has just received really is Green Apple shaped and mounted on a gold coloured engraved plinth.  I do not know what the apple is made from [...]

Shanghai, a model of sustainability?

By | November 13th, 2018|Blog|

Henricus Peters NAEE's e-journal Editor writes from Shanghai: Sustainability, the key concept interwoven with the 2016-17 UN Year of Sustainable Tourism, is seen in many facets of daily life.  Since the United States stepped aside from its role as a world leader regarding the environment, via its withdrawal from the Paris agreement and UNESCO, China is now [...]

CLOTC blogs

By | November 6th, 2018|Blog|

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom publishes a number of blogs.  Here is a small selection of the recent ones: Born Outdoors – Outdoor Citizens Anita Kerwin-Nye, founder of Every Child Should, begins ... "My love for the outdoors and the role it has played in my personal well being is well documented. Similarly, how outdoor [...]

The Windmill Index

By | October 30th, 2018|Blog|

Ronald Rovers' latest blog is about the necessary transition to renewable energy, and he has been calculating how many wind mills (2GW turbines) the world will need to cater for life's necessities (some of which are clearly luxuries).  For example, he calculates (it's a guesstimate) that 110 wind turbines are needed for the operation of [...]

National Poetry day

By | October 23rd, 2018|Blog|

We mark National Poetry Day with John Clare’s Anticipating the Coming Autumn.   Clare was not strong on punctuation, and is likely frowned upon in these puritanical days where the ability to put your apostrophes in the right place is so important, and knowing how to analyse sentence structure sometimes seems more crucial than any meanings it might [...]

EAUC and the SDGs

By | October 16th, 2018|Blog|

EAUC – the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges – ran a series of webinars: A Cup of Tea and an SDG recently in celebration of Global Goals Week, and you can now watch them online: Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities Goal 11  – Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal 13 – Climate Action [...]

Outdoor maths

By | October 13th, 2018|Blog|

Juliet Robertson has a new Circle of Life Rediscovery blog post about outdoor maths: "6 ideas for using syringes in a mathematical way outside". This begins: "I’ve always used syringes for water play, mark making, as air pumps in technology projects and for having fun in the snow. I’ve always chosen the biggest syringes I could [...]

The state of environmental education in secondary schools in England

By | October 11th, 2018|Blog|

A two-part report exploring the state of environmental education in secondary schools in England has been published.   The project was: Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Where is it, what is it and what should the future be?  Here's a brief summary with links: Report 1: Policy Perspectives Summary: The provision of environmental education in formal schooling [...]

An NUS survey for schools

By | October 9th, 2018|Blog|

Every year, for the last eight years, NUS has surveyed over 60,000 HE/FE students on their views on sustainability, which shows clearly that students want to learn more about it, and expect their institutions to do more to bring this about. Given the success of all this, NUS is now working with the Green Schools Project on a survey of school [...]

One simple thing

By | October 2nd, 2018|Blog|

Here's a link to the OneSimpleThing, blog for the naturally curious, dedicated to all things to do with sustainability.  This, the homepage says provides everything you need to help you make informed choices, and live lives full of passion and purpose. The section on the environment has recent foci on: Energy saving tips and tricks "Definitely sense a slight chill in the air [...]