Soya, Solar or Wine?

We occasionally feature the writings of Ronald Rovers, a Dutch commenter on sustainability. A 2023 post focused on whether it makes sense for a country in the northern latitudes to grow vines, or soybeans, or to house solar panels. This is how it begins: “I’m sitting on a terrace on the borders of the Moselle, tasting some local wine. And looking out over…

6th May 2024

Climate in Education Snapshot – Here is the link to the DfE’s April snapshot.  There are details of: A Rounder Sense of Purpose, Walk to School Week, Nature Park webinars, an outdoor learning approach to teaching climate and sustainability in primary schools, boosting Birmingham’s biodiversity through the Nature Park, and Sustainability Learning.  There is no news of the fabled…

Discovering Shared Values

Below is the descriptor of new research between the University of Bath and Global Action Plan. The principal investigator [PI] is Lukas Wolf  and co-investigators are Professor Gregory Maio, Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Dr Elizabeth Marks, Dr Philip Howlett, Samuel Taylor, and Dr Natasha Parker (Global Action Plan) Description The growing threat of the environmental crisis presents…

Labour Education Policies

As a UK educational charity, NAEE is politically neutral, but we do have an interest in what political parties say and get up to in relation to education and environmental policy. As it now seems distinctly possible that the leader of the Labour Party will be asked to form the next UK government after the…

29th April 2024

Supporting Sustainability and Environmental Education – On Tuesday July 2nd Middlesex University, in partnership with UCL’s Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education (CCCSE), and the London Schools Eco Network (LSEN) is hosting a face-to-face conference on Supporting Sustainability and Environmental Education in Secondary Schools.  The conference is aimed at secondary education staff especially sustainability leads, senior leaders or any staff…

Climate Haiku

Jasmin Kirkbride, a Lecturer in Publishing at the University of East Anglia and Paul Chambers, a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol, wrote recently in The Conversation about the haiku poetry form and climate change. It begins: “A successful haiku could be described as a half-finished poem. Originating in Japan in the…

22nd April 2024

Climate Education Needed – Cambridge University Press & Assessment is calling for the next UK government to appoint an independent review to gather evidence and advise on the climate knowledge and skills young people need and how to embed those in the education system.  According to a very recent YouGov poll: More than 65 % of the British…

The Need for Climate Education

Reacting to the new poll findings released by Cambridge University Press & Assessment on April 18th, Jamie Agombar, Executive Director of Students Organising for Sustainability said through LinkedIn: “A new poll found that more than 70% of the public think a greater focus on climate change at school would help students better understand how to…

Ten Urban Myths about Climate Action?

A recent post on Neil Kitching’s carbon choices blog discusses what he sees as 10 urban myths about climate action. What do you think of these? 1) recycling2) solar panels3) population growth4) local beef5) natural gas6) hard working families7) 30,000 eco-homes8) carbon neutral aviation9) electric Vehicles10) environmental regulations Neil can be contacted at carbonchoices@gmail.com where you can…

15th April 2024

SOS UK – Here’s an update about what Students Organising for Sustainability is planning in its lineup of sustainability and wellbeing programmes for the 2024-25 academic year. . O4YC Curriculum – There are two free online sessions to explore what the OY4C Curriculum looks like.  They are for anyone including students, teachers, climate scientists/experts, NGOs, parents, Heads of schools, governmental officials…etc.  Details:…