Last week we mentioned the Climate Change Teacher training Academy which is delivered by Harwood Education and UNITAR.  Its mission is to ensure that there will be a climate change teacher, in every school throughout the world, starting with the UK.  It says:

As a Climate Change Accredited Teacher in your school you gain access to world-class learning resources and teacher training courtesy of the UN CC:Learn Program that equips you with the Climate Change and Environmental knowledge needed to educate and empower our next generations.  The program is entirely free and you will benefit from extensive knowledge and support, as well as access to the eduCCate Global Community and exciting School Sustainability and Eco Initiatives.”

If you click here you will find a lot of TV, radio and YouTube interviews with those taking part in the scheme.   ∫∫∫

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The Green Schools Project is re-running its pupil environmental attitude survey that it started with NUS / SOS_UK last year.  There were almost 3,000 responses the first time around.  There is information here which has links to the survey and the consent form which needs to be completed by a teacher before pupils submit responses.  There is more detail on a blog on the Green Schools Project website.   ∫∫∫

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NAEE is happy to announce its support for the work of Teach the Future.  We look forward to working with it and contributing to its very apt goals:

  • A government commissioned review into how the whole of the English formal education system is preparing students for the climate emergency and ecological crisis
  • Inclusion of the climate emergency and ecological crisis in English teacher standards
  • An English Climate Emergency Education Act
  • A national climate emergency youth voice grant fund
  • A national Youth Climate Endowment Fund
  • All new state-funded educational buildings should be net-zero from 2020; all existing state-funded educational buildings net-zero by 2030

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SEEd invites everyone to help it complete its ESD jigsaw.   Let’s hope it’s better than the Christmas jigsaw that M&S produced on birds.  This got ornithologists in a flutter over its crass errors (common British birds omitted; exotic overseas ones included).   The Times has a report of ruffled feathers. ∫∫∫

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On World Values Day last month, Transform our World launched a collection of resources around the theme of values.  Workshops and activities from Global Action Plan, World Values Day, Young Minds and People United are featured and teacher-rated.   ∫∫∫

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EAUC-Scotland has released two new curriculum guides to help universities integrate sustainability concepts into the curriculum – in particular Economics and Computer Science:

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Let Tuesday, the BBC’s The Life Scientific featured Bath University professor Saiful Islam on his work on the materials to power the 21st century.  Interesting information on both materials, and on how science and scientists work.   ∫∫∫

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The UKSCN petition calling for a review into how the education system prepares students for the climate crisis now has 7000 signatures.   ∫∫∫

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The BBC has a brief report on the publication of the first global atlas of earthworms.  This was based on surveys at 7,000 sites in 56 countries. You can read more here.   ∫∫∫

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Next year [2-4 June], UNESCO will fly 800 people from across the world to Berlin to launch Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs.  The conference will seek to raise global awareness on sustainable development challenges and the role of ESD as a “key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs”.  UNESCO added: “Through Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO aims to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that are needed to contribute to sustainable development.”  ∫∫∫