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November 23rd 2020

The NAEE Annual Review was published this week. This is a report on our work during 2019/20.  It is an account of key developments in the year, with contributions that reflect on the context in which our work is carried out that were published during the year in our journal or as blogs on the…

Our Environmental Education

Today’s post is by Mick Waters, one of NAEE’s Vice-Presidents. Mick was the Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) from 2005-09 and now works with the Alliance of Leading Learning. What follows are Mick’s own views and are not necessarily shared by the Association, though we do like the nice things he says…

November 16th 2020

The World’s Largest Lesson has a guide to learning more about how to talk to young people and children about climate change. The focus is on encouraging honest conversations in classrooms that give hope, whilst not ignoring the reality and scale of the problem. The main themes include Optimism & hope, Changing the narrative, Changing…

Climate Education for a Change

There is now considerable (though by no means universal) agreement with the idea that young people in schools should have an entitlement to learn in some detail about the climate problems we face, and what they individually and collectively might do in terms of adaptation and mitigation. In what follows, our Chair of Trustees, Bill…

November 9th 2020

1 The UK Youth Climate Summit launches today with 163 free online sessions for primary and secondary students. This is the largest and most ambitious environmental education event run in the UK for decades. Thanks to Global Action Plan and over 50 teachers & organisations from across the UK. Registration and programme details are here. The Closing…

Saving Humanity – The 240 mile-high view

Today’s blog is the first in a series from Richard Jurin who, before his retirement, ran the Environmental Studies programme at the University of Northern Colorado, launching a degree in Sustainability Studies.  His academic interests are environmental worldviews and understanding barriers to sustainability.  As ever, with our blogs, Richard’s views are not necessarily shared by…

November 2nd 2020

Thursday November 5th is Outdoor Classroom Day. This is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. On two days of action each year, teachers take children outdoors to play and learn. The Wildlife Trusts quote Primary School Teacher, Sarah Doxford, saying: “Outdoor learning is essential as it gives children first…

Urban ES education as a space for social connections for the residents of Grenfell

Emily Munn, Urbanwise.London Urbanwise aims to promote active outdoor learning in the local area, help young people communicate their views and ideas on environmental issues which concern them and bring people together to examine issues around environmental change. Urban ES education is often associated with building social connections, trust and community, also known as social…

The Little Book of Trees

The Little Book of Trees provides a simple well-presented guide, suitable for children aged 9+ and adults alike. It is arranged in alphabetical order by tree name, from Alder to Yew, with over 40 trees listed. Clear photos help to identify the trees. Each tree has its own dedicated page with facts including its preferred…

Community Garden awarded grants from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston, Birmingham – one of the venues used for NAEE’s Hugh Kenrick Days visits – has been awarded significant grants from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and the Heart of England Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund, to enable the continuation of a vital service for…