What Sir David said in Edinburgh

Here are a few of the remarks that Sir David Attenborough made at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday. “I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is that this forest has been obliterated and that sea has been polluted and whatever. But there are signs of hope.” “I have…

Nothing exists in isolation

A Web of Life blog on our interconnectivity by William Graham begins like this: Nothing exists solely on its own. From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe, including human beings, is defined by its interconnection to everything…

What’s your footprint?

Conservation International is giving you the chance to calculate and then offset your carbon footprint.  The details are here. It also gives you the chance to miss out the calculation part and just offset your footprint anyway – whatever it is.  All major credit cards are accepted, CI says: “Protecting forests is a critical part of…

Summer update from Natural England – part 1

Natural England has released its latest round up of recent evidence and reports, policy developments, large scale initiatives, resources and news items. This is to support the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All [SRGLNEOA] to “develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and…

The impacts and benefits of a residential experience

Today’s blog comes from Kim Somerville, coordinator of the ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign for Learning Away.  In the post, Kim explains what pupils, teachers and schools can gain from high-quality residential stays. Learning Away began working closely with 60 primary, secondary and special schools in 2009, to demonstrate the positive impact of high-quality residential learning. The schools have…

Get Growing at School

The Guardian has been running a feature on food growing in schools that began way back in February 2016.  The details are here. Postings include: Children must know how the food they eat affects the planet.  Corinna Hawkes says more needs to be done to help children make better food choices. a sustainable diet is one way…

Energy Choices – two teacher guides

In the United States, the North American Association for Environmental Education [NAAEE] has launched a middle school level teacher’s guide to provide an introduction to the guide Energy Choices: What Should We Do About America’s Energy Future? which is produced by the Environmental Issues Forum [EIF]. NAAEE says that using Energy Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to…

Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts. It’s on a mission to put wildness into families, teenagers & children. Wildlife Watch runs two blogs. One is Benny the Blenny’s blog which is quite hard to say but which “explores life beneath the waves around Britain with Benny the Blenny”.  The most recent post was on Dad’s…

Bak in the lift agane – a cautionary tale

Today’s post is from Ben Balin, the chair of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network [@wmsussch ]. Somewhere among the chatter of these volatile past few weeks, I have started to pick out a familiar refrain that had been silent for some time.  It is twitching its nervous little nose like a hedgehog cautiously re-emerging from…