Some SEEd myth-busting

The SEEd website has a feature, written by Natural England’s Principal Advisor for Outdoor Learning, Jim Burt, busting 4 myths on outdoor learning in schools.  These are: Myth 1: In order to get outdoor learning into schools we need to change the national curriculum Myth 2: Outdoor learning is just for extra-curricular activity Myth 3: Outdoor…

Update on NAEE

NAEE has been given approval from the Charity Commission to become a CIO – a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  We now have new governance and management arrangements, and a slightly revised charitable object which is to: “provide a public benefit by advancing environmental education within early years settings, primary and secondary schools, and institutions responsible for teacher education within…

Remembering Luc Hoffmann

Luc Hoffmann died on July 21st, age 93. He was heir to the Hoffmann-LaRoche pharmaceutical fortune, but used his money for conservation, being heavily involved with funding WWF from its inception in 1961. His approach to conservation, “with man, not against him” influenced WWF and others, but as this appreciation from the Economist shows, “Few…

Today is Earth Overshoot Day

  Earth Overshoot Day is the day in the year when our demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.  We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international think…

How does being in ‘quality nature’ contribute to human wellbeing?

This article was first published in NAEE‘s Winter 2015 journal Environmental Education (Vol 110), as our ‘President’s Column’.  The views are Bill Scott’s own, not NAEE’s. How does being in ‘quality nature’ contribute to human wellbeing? It is hard to pick up a newspaper or watch TV without coming across somebody official telling us to take more exercise. The NHS, for…

Cecil RIP

Today’s blog is by Henricus Peters, NAEE’s social media & e-journal editor. On July 1st, 2015, a beautiful animal was killed, totally needlessly.  Social media exploded, rightly so.  When wildlife is seen only as a trophy, what does that say for us? Cecil (c. 2002 – 1 July 2015) was a male Southwest African lion (Panthera leo bleyenberghi) who lived primarily in the Hwange…