Environmental Education Feature

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Emerging environmental science in early years education

By | February 5th, 2018|Environmental Education Feature|

Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, University College London, writes about environmental science in the early years. Research  Science is all around, an integral part of our world. Young children are intuitive scientists (Gopnik, 2009).  They observe, ask questions, investigate, collect data and work out what it means, forming an understanding, which is their basis for understanding their world. This [...]

World Heritage and sustainable development

By | January 17th, 2018|Environmental Education Feature|

Heritage was long absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate, despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide acknowledgment of its great potential to contribute to social, economic and environmental goals.  Based on a strong appeal from national and local stakeholders, the 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly integrates, for the first [...]

Communication between children of Italy, England and Nepal

By | January 6th, 2018|Environmental Education Feature|

Our school is situated in Lombardia, in the North of Italy. This region is characterised by a continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm, muggy summers. In recent years, there have been several sudden temperature changes and peculiar atmospheric events (strong winds, torrential rain etc.), that are absolutely unusual and have attracted the attention [...]

Our natural inheritance

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

Findlay Wilde is a young conservationist who is fascinated by all wildlife, but especially birds.  He wants to do everything he can to protect nature now and in the future.  Currently he is trying to raise awareness about hen harrier persecution in particular, but he is also trying hard to move the natural world higher [...]

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 [...]