A Gaia Sensitive Living Workshop in Exeter will explore what a ‘right relationship with Gaia’ might be. The workshop will address such questions as:
- Can we create a Gaia inspired economic system which does make Earth system sense?
- Does the current wealth creation system contain re-cycling loops which need to be closed?
- How important are initiatives such as permaculture, the transition movement, circular economy and lets schemes?
See the event webpage for further information and to register for the event.
Practical Action says that Ditch the Dirt is an exciting STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years which helps pupils investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering, and can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink. It’s based in Turkana, Kenya, where for two out of three people do not have access to clean drinking water.
Practical Action says that Ditch the Dirt offers a;
- Real life global context to explore water quality, sieving and filtering investigations
- Perfect challenge to deliver parts of the science, D&T & maths curricula
- Great activity for a science or STEM club, transition or enrichment day
The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award is ten years old this year and will soon have involved 10,000 schools. Funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery has allowed extra support for schools around Skipton, County Durham and Heartwood, and the production of a new resource pack which is available from: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting NES. You can find out more about the Award and about resources for schools here.
The next outdoor classroom day will be on Thursday 17th May and over 1 million children will probably be involved. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play and thousands of schools around the world take part. There’s more detail here.
The theme of this year’s TEESNet Conference (Tuesday 11th September 2018 at Liverpool Hope University) is Getting to the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Role of Teacher Education in Prompting Critical Engagement and Action
The Wildlife Watch Group of the Year Awards (2017) is the Rushcliffe Group from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. This group is led by the children and spend lots of time outdoors. Many of their members have won Hedgehog Awards this year by helping wildlife in their area. The judges said:
“A fun, creative and enthusiastic group who impressed me with their hedgehog diary of wild adventures which carried on outside of group activities!” “This group is really led by what the children want to do. A good mix of fun and learning: great!”
There’s more information about the Awards, here.