Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles

Here’s a link to show who’ll be talking at the Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles event in Bristol Zoo on 02 & 03 November. According to the organisers, these are the top 5 reasons for going to Communicate: Cross sector networking – the conference is programmed to offer ample opportunities for both structured and open networking in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere…

30 Faces from the NUS

The NUS has launched 30 faces, a small project designed to help it identify what it was that influenced 30 young people to lead on sustainability. NUS says that their responses are insightful and motivational, and that 30 faces has helped it shape the new Green Impact for students’ unions [GISU] which was also recently…

An Ecologist blog

Here is a posting from the Ecologist blog by Keith Barnham who writes about a journey across the USA and all the interesting green issues he came across. The picture shows new ‘solar leaves’ that will be able to produce ethanol directly from sunlight – the perfect liquid fuel for automotive use – with just enough methanol…

Natural England Update

Here are some reports from Natural England’s latest round-up. The impact of greenery on physical activity and mental health of adolescent and adult residents of deprived neighborhoods: a longitudinal study Jessica S. Gubbels et al. Health & Place, Volume 40 The aim of the study is to assess the impact of perceived and objective changes…

A Focus on Nature

A Focus on Nature is a network of young conservationists which sets out to inform wider nature conservation debates by offering a new perspective on environmental issues, providing young nature conservationists with access to opportunities, and promoting nature conservation and natural history to young people.  They will be speaking at the forthcoming CLOtC conference on the 24th of November.…

How can local empowerment transform communities?

How can local empowerment transform communities? Think Global is running two workshops to bring together NGOs and social economy initiatives – including Locality, Social Enterprise UK and Islamic Relief – to find new ways of empowering communities, creating sustainable livelihoods and sharing best practice. Think Global Programme Manager, Faaria Ahmad said: “The Europe-wide, EC funded…

Manchester’s environment; Manchester’s heritage

The Countryside Classroom September newsletter has a feature on a project from the Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) which focuses on the industrial revolution’s heritage in the local area. Using the project, called ‘Our environment, our heritage’, two East Manchester primary schools learned about activities in the past that had caused soil, air and water pollution in their local…

Up-cycling or?

We are grateful to Max McMurdo for these up-cycling tips: Jam jars – these make great display storage Old lampshades – remove fabric to reveal a beautiful wire structure Coat hangers – these can be used to make amazing lampshades as seen on the latest Channel 4 series of ‘Fill your house for free’ Chipped…

The Sustainable Schools Framework – and those doorways

This article was first published in NAEE‘s Summer 2015 journal Environmental Education (Vol 109), as our ‘President’s Column’.  The views are Bill Scott’s own, not NAEE’s. The Sustainable Schools Framework – and those doorways Much of the work of the Sustainable Schools Alliance [ SSA ] is focused around the Sustainable Schools Framework which was something the Blair government set up. It had 8…