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Artists and children collaborate to remake unearthed finds

By | November 23rd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

“YES, I’ve found another rock!”  “I like that one; I like its shape and colour.” Watching the children sift through the finds as they were dug from the trench was fascinating; their curiosity for the objects (mostly rocks) that were dug up was something that I can completely relate to, given my curious fascination with [...]

The power of locality, creativity and bravery

By | November 6th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Laurence Ball writes ... As someone who works in primary education, I often find myself walking a fine line between the creative and the coverage, the educational experience and the mastery. These outcomes often seem to be in opposition to one another. In our bids to meet government floor targets, the temptation to simply fill [...]

Communicating climate change

By | October 23rd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Communicating climate change: back and forth between school and community Bruce Huett This paper describes and analyses one of the four mini-projects from HEIF described in the introduction. The paper takes the premise that communicating climate change to effect change in societal behaviour is a very important issue (Sheppard, 2012) and that children can be [...]

British Birdgirl introduces her peers to wildlife

By | October 10th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

British Birdgirl introduces her peers to wildlife Mya-Rose Craig Wildlife blogger Mya-Rose Craig is a 15-year-old British Bangladeshi young naturalist, birder and conservationist. She writes the successful Birdgirl blog and was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Shaun the Sheep. She has also been listed with singer George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams [...]

Two articles from Green Teacher

By | September 25th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Here are two freely available articles from Canada's Green Teacher magazine. Green Commuting Challenge by Duke Davidson – How a suburban middle school radically increased the number of students walking and reduced car traffic to the school Introducing Students to Landscape Architecture by Karen Grajales – Classroom activities spotlight a creative career choice that helps the environment And these [...]

40 Years on from Tbilisi – a personal view

By | September 16th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Later this year, it will be the 40th anniversary of the Tbilisi conference and Declaration which offered environmental educators everywhere such hope and promise for the future.  Now that the future is here, and the promise unfulfilled, a number of groups have plans to mark the 40 years in some way.  What follows is a [...]

Communicating across cultures

By | August 31st, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

From the Nepal Himalayas, to the Cambridgeshire Chalk Marl, to the Italian lakes In the winter of 2013/14, an environmentally orientated communication between schools in Italy, England and Nepal began. To initiate the connection, several steps had to be taken. First of all, while collaborators introduced the idea into the European schools, four volunteers began making their [...]

Studying a locality through a global lens

By | August 22nd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

It is quite a challenge to teach children to understand the environmental issues that our planet faces. The incredibly abstract scientific ideas backed up by a wealth of carefully compiled data are arguably of less significance to the average primary school pupil than other more pressing concerns that they might have at their age like [...]

A lesson plan on redesigning plastics

By | August 13th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Redesigning Plastics is a new lesson plan written by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Schools and Colleges team as part of the World's Largest Lesson 2017 [*]. The two part lesson is aimed at students aged 12+.  It introduces key facts about plastics, what could be done to make them fit in a circular economy, and encourages students [...]

Project Wild Thing & children’s relationships with nature

By | August 9th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Dr Ria Dunkley Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University I grew up in a village in mid-Wales and spent a considerable amount of time in the town, but that town was Aberystwyth and Aberystwyth looks out at the sea. My house was separated from that sea by a 120-metre Iron Age hill fort. My grandfather [...]