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The Geovation Challenge

The Ordnance Survey launches its 9th Geovation Challenge on Nov 25th and the team is on the lookout for bright ideas that can improve our relationship with water. The OS says: A water crisis that is fuelled by ever increasing challenges from the effects of climate change and phenomenally growing societies. A crisis of resilience and sustainability:…

Rocky Rex rocks

Rocky Rex is a new science blog that’s aimed at non-experts.  It mixes climate change with other things, to illustrate that climate science is mainstream. The picture on the right shows Rocky. Recent posts are about the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, earthquakes and volcanoes, ice ages and glaciers, hurricanes and tropical storms, the oceans, natural cycles, and up-to-date data on climate…

Environmental education at Marton primary school, Lincolnshire

Another winner of this year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Award was Marton primary school in Lincolnshire.  What follows is taken from the Ashden case study which details the school’s success. The Ashden judging panel said: “Marton Primary School is an excellent role model for other small schools.  The staff and pupils have adopted a very simple approach focusing on low cost or no cost…

Hampshire Conservation Volunteers

The Hampshire Conservation Volunteers are running a free woodland management course on 12th November at Chandler’s Ford 1000 to 1500).  Working with their Biodiversity Action Team, you can learn the skills of coppicing small trees such as hazel and hawthorn. And on Saturday 14th November, there’s a Sustainable Garden training course in Chippenham, Wiltshire (1030 to 1600)

News update from Think Global

Amy West, Programme Manager at Think Global, invites teachers to join a free, online twilight training session on Positive development stories for your classroom Wednesday 11th November 2015, 4.15pm-5.15pm: Monday 23 November 2015, 4.15pm-5.15pm: A lunchtime event: Migration – Thinking again, and Thinking critically 12-3pm, Thursday 12 November 2015, London Cheshire West and Chester Fairtrade Steering Group…

The Age of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs is an eminent analyst of global development.  His new book The Age of Sustainable Development, which was recently presented and discussed at UN headquarters in New York, gives an insight into the current post-2015 negotiations and the concept of sustainable development. The publishers say: Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the world’s most perceptive and…

Is Global Learning for you?

The Global Learning Programme [GLP] describes global learning as an approach to learning about international development through recognising the importance of linking people’s lives throughout the world. There are several definitions of the term ‘global learning’ and ‘development education’. In the context of GLP global learning encourages critical examination of global issues and an awareness of the impact…

Good work in the West Midlands

If you click here, you can see what Groundwork West Midlands has been up to recently. Green Space Transformation caught our eye, along with its new report: Growing and Green Space. This confirms that ‘practical involvement in growing and green space activities’ are a powerful tool to help vulnerable people address personal and social issues. What puzzles…