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December 10 – News Round up

UNESCO’s Commitment to Biodiversity (Connecting People and Nature for an Inspiring Future) is a new publication that highlights some of UNESCO’s biodiversity-related actions and solutions that have been implemented, along with suggestions for improvement and innovation.  This is how it begins: “Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet.  It underpins human wellbeing in the present and…

More from Natural England

Here’s more evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and practice in these areas: International perspectives on Forest…

December 3 – News Round up

NAEE is contributing to the ESD strand of the 2019 ASE conference in Birmingham on January 10th.  Our two sessions at 1000 and 1500 will explore how STEM subjects can enable students to learn about the key environmental issues that we face. The full programme is here.   There is a UNESCO global education meeting on 4th December and part of…

November 26 – News Round up

The Children & Nature Network reports that researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Cardiff found that conversations between parents and their kids were much more “responsive and connected” when they were outdoors as opposed to when they were talking inside.  The researchers suggest that the study demonstrates that natural environments can significantly enhance social interactions, in…

November 19 – News Round up

NAEE  received a Green Apple award at a ceremony at the House of Commons last week at the 2018 International Green Apple awards.  In particular this was in recognition of its project which provides bursaries to schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  These allow young people to visit environmental study centres and link the visits with…

Reflections on a Green Apple

Nina Hatch, chair of NAEE’s executive committee writes about the award of a Green Apple. Awards come in all shapes and sizes and can mean a great deal (or not) to the recipient.  The one NAEE has just received really is Green Apple shaped and mounted on a gold coloured engraved plinth.  I do not know what the apple is made from…

Shanghai, a model of sustainability?

Henricus Peters NAEE’s e-journal Editor writes from Shanghai: Sustainability, the key concept interwoven with the 2016-17 UN Year of Sustainable Tourism, is seen in many facets of daily life.  Since the United States stepped aside from its role as a world leader regarding the environment, via its withdrawal from the Paris agreement and UNESCO, China is now…

Why does environmental education need imaginative literature? 

David Whitley argues that environmental education needs imaginative literature. Ecoliteracy was a term that gained currency in environmental education from the late 1990s.  During the period leading up to this, the concept of ‘literacy’ had been extended to encompass a whole range of new areas – even including ‘emotional literacy’ – where existing cultural norms seemed inadequate.…