More wildlife or tests?

Which do our 7 year-olds need most, asks Ben Fogle in a recent Guardian article. He begins: Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far our exam obsession has come. Our kids now face constant assessment as politicians attempt to measure the success of schools. Children have become tiny cogs in a box-ticking…

Every Child Wild?

Here’s a link to a Wildlife Trusts blog which featured the writings of Abi Elphinstone. “It was the holly tree in my garden that taught me to be brave. I’d climbed all the others – the wellingtonia, the beech and the sycamore – through the maze of jutting branches until I emerged into a world of buzzards…

Re-wildling for the environmental educator

Today’s guest blog is by Geoffrey Guy who lectures at Reaseheath College.  Geoff is the Director of Education for Bushcraft Education Ltd, and the founder of the Bushcraft Education blog. Re-wildling for the environmental educator It’s tempting in environmental education or sustainability education to get enthusiastic about new and revolutionary ideas about sustainability and start to promote them; ideas…

National litter strategy

The Government is to create a national litter strategy to help address the dreadful litter problem that is found across the whole country.  This has been welcomed by Keep Britain Tidy, which says it reflects its campaigning for government leadership on the issue of litter. However, KBT thinks that the Government should have taken specific action on littering from vehicles…

Will education drive the SDGs – or is it learning?

An international conference: Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals is being organized by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), in partnership with UNESCO, UNEP and the Government of India. The Conference will take place from January 11-13, 2016.  It aims to bring together global experience and expertise to “highlight and strengthen the role of education” in realizing…

Our very own Green World Ambassador

Huge congratulations to NAEE trustee and Coventry environmentalist and artist Gabrielle Back,  who has been honoured as an International Green World Ambassador at a presentation ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. This recognition comes as a result of the success of Gabrielle’s Creative Recycling and Climate Change Surveyance project, which has won an International Green Apple…

Our interconnectness

Exploring Global Issues: Social, Economic, and Environmental Interconnections is a student text and teacher’s Guide CD from the USA.  The text includes 24 chapters on topics such as food, water, economics, governance, health, air, globalization, and sustainable design. In addition to case studies, career profiles, and youth-as-heroes features, readings intentionally interweave social, environmental, and economic threads…

Energy Trumps

Energy Trumps is a card game produced by the Centre for Alternative Technology, which enables players to learn more about different supplies of energy and the various positives and negatives features associated with each. There are cards on … gas, coal, oil, carbon capture, nuclear, passive solar, solar water heating, solar PV, CSP, liq bio…