Finding Nature

In a recent Nature Connections blog post, Miles Richardson examines recent research into whether it’s nature knowledge or nature connections that are most likely to lead to pro-environment behaviours. This begins: “A fundamental component of environmental education, and a traditional aspect of nature engagement is environmental knowledge. Knowledge of nature is seen as being indispensable to…

More on the 25 Year Environment Plan

The government launched its 25 Year Environment Plan last week, and we heard the views of NAEE’s President, Prof Justin Dillon about it on Tuesday.  Today, we hear from NAEE Trustee Dr Morgan Phillips.  What follows is a shortened version of what appears on Morgan’s website. Last week, DEFRA launched their long-awaited environment plan: ‘A Green Future:…

EO Wilson and the needs of the Earth

The Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy [CASSE] issued a blog by Brian Czech on January 8th that featured the latest project from EO Wilson: Nature Needs Half.  The blog starts: WE NEED NATURE.     NATURE NEEDS HALF.     ERGO, WE NEED NATURE TO GET HALF. Half of what?  The planet.  That’s the essence of E.O.…

You say you want a resolution

Today’s blog is from Ben Ballin who chairs the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network – @wmsussch – It is written in Ben’s personal capacity It’s that time of year again when people look back on what they have achieved in the preceding twelve months and vow to do better in the following ones.  In that spirit, I have come up with…

NAEE’s Secondary Curriculum Handbook

NAEE’s new Secondary Curriculum Handbook will be published on our website in early January.  As a foretaste, this is the Foreword to the report written by NAEE’s Chair of Trustees: Writing some two years on from the publication of NAEE’s Early Years and Primary Curriculum Handbook in 2015, I was briefly tempted to write the…

An update from Natural England

Natural England has published its latest round up of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research,…

It’s so cool being an Eco-School!

Today’s Guest Blog comes from Karen Davies, Partnerships Co-ordinator at Stafford Borough Council. Stafford Borough Eco-Schools Network continues to thrive!  The last meeting of the Summer term was held at Weston Road Academy in its refurbished ‘eco-classroom’.  Guest speaker, Prof Tausz from Birmingham University, spoke about ‘Norbury’s Unique Forest Experiment’ a world leading research project looking at the…

Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education

Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education – Remaking Education for the Future is a new book.  The publisher says that it: “provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development.  Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a prelude to reconstruction, this critique leads to discussions about how…

New titles from Polity Press

Policy Press has recently published a number of new titles in environmental and urban studies.  These include: Mapping environmental sustainability: Reflecting on systemic practices for participatory research Edited by Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane  –  Hardback £75.00 ISBN: 978-1-4473-3157-5; epub £26.99 ISBN: 978-1-4473-3531-3; Amazon Kindle £26.99 ISBN: 978-1-4473-3532-0; epdf ISBN: 978-1-4473-3158-2  –  Explains the development of visual mapping…