smallLEEF has announce the launch of an exploratory workshop series: Shaking it up! EE revolution in our schools The workshops are co-ordinated by Poppy Flint and members of the Environmental Education Research Group at King’s College London [KCL] and are inspired by the two reports published by KCL last year on Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools in England.  They will explore the question What’s next for EE in our schools?.  The first session will be held during the LEEF Discussion Evening on Wednesday April 3rd at KCL in Waterloo.  You can register here.

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The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) published Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals last November and is now inviting teachers participating in the Eco-Schools programme, to develop and submit lesson plans that promote an action oriented pedagogy about specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The submission deadline is July 2019 and the details are here.

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Wildlife Watch has advice on ways to cut down on plastics use that you can download.

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The Climate Coalition is the operating name of the Climate Movement, a UK charity.  It says: “From sports and nature to faith and international development organisations, here at The Climate Coalition we represent a diverse group of people across the UK. But in spite of our varied interests, we are all unified by one thing: we passionately want to protect the things we love from climate change.”   There is more detail here, and here.

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A recent Circle of Life Rediscovery blog post said that whilst the term nature pedagogy might appear new, humanity’s most ancient and biologically responsive blueprint is to develop a “deep nature connection and understanding” about how our needs and interests can be met successfully though nature to provide a meaningful contribution to our lives.   There’s more detail in the post, and other blogs can be found here including one from Katie Scanlan on activity ideas for Forest Schools in urban spaces.

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Earth Hour [#EarthHourUK] is on Saturday March 30th from 2030 to 2130.   It is the world’s biggest switch off event with millions taking part.  Around the world, people switch off their lights and organise events to show they care.  WWF [ which has some inspirational toolkits ] says:

Earth Hour gives a powerful voice to people everywhere who want to put the world on the path to recovery.  Each year, millions of people around the world switch off their lights and organise events – at home, in their community or in their towns or cities – to show they care about the future of our planet.  Last year over 10 million people across the UK took part to send a clear message: we’re fighting for our world.  From the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building to Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh Castle, communities like yours switched out their lights in a symbolic show of support.   Your support for Earth Hour has helped us find solutions for the environmental challenges we face the world over.  This includes influencing national climate policies, planting new forests in Uganda, and banning plastic in the Galapagos.”

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The Forest Education Network‘s national CPD Event: Putting the Forestry into Forest Education takes place on April 4th at the Rosliston Forestry Centre, Derbyshire.  This brings together teachers, forest school practitioners, outdoor learning providers, woodland owners or anyone interested in Britain’s forest and woodlands in the beautiful National Forest.  FEN says that his event will provide you with information, advice and valuable networks to improve your knowledge and practice.  There will be practical workshops and keynote speakers focusing on knowledge and understanding of the ecology and management of the UK’s forests and woodlands.  There will be workshops, led by forestry and education experts:

  • From tree to wood product! Information, resources and activities on how we use British trees
  • Caring for our trees! Identification skills and tree health awareness to understand and protect our woodlands
  • Creating Forests for Learning! Creating new woodland sites for schools and managing existing woodland sites for schools

For more information and to book your place visit the FEN events webpage.

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The Coral Reef Alliance annual report is here.  It contains stories about the Alliance’s three strategies and how it’s designing and implementing conservation programmes, forging partnerships and advancing the science of coral adaptation.   There are spectacular photos and videos of coral reef ecosystems.

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The Nature Connections 2019 conference will be held at the University of Derby on July 2nd 2019.  This aims to share the latest research evidence on the links between nature connectedness, well-being and pro-nature behaviours.  Key themes will include Nature Connection in Practice / Policy Making / Age.  For submission and other details see this.  The submission deadline is April 28th.

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A reminder that Outdoor Classroom Day (a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play) is on May 23rd this year.   In 2018, over 3.5 million children worldwide took part.  Full details here on how to get involved, including a map of those involved so far.