Natural England’s February research update

This is another update from Natural England this time in relation to Nature Connectedness. . Human-nature relationships in context. Experiential, psychological, and contextual dimensions that shape children’s desire to protect nature M Giusti – PLoS ONE, 2019 What relationship with nature shapes children’s desire to protect the environment? This study crosses conventional disciplinary boundaries to explore this question.…

Are UK teachers really less trusted than social media on climate change?

Yesterday the TES website had a feature on a survey carried out by Cambridge International Assessment (an exam board), as part of Global Perspectives Week.  About 11,000 students aged 13-19 responded; 800 were from the UK.  The TES reported that Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are seen as more trustworthy than teachers on global issues such as climate change and poverty.…

DfE in Denial

Ahead of next week’s parliamentary reception to promote attempts by Teach the Future to increase the effectiveness of climate change education,  the Department for Education is resisting. A parliamentary question [ #4444 ] was asked by Darren Jones (Labour: Bristol North West) “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of…

Imaginative Disruptions: Creating Place and Arts-based Responses to Climate Urgency

Across Sweden, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands three collective residencies brought together an intergenerational group of people who, as Arjen Wals reports: “played, ate, (re)imagined, learned and created together” in order to design “alternative futures around a selected glocal (sic) issue”, and explore “what needs to be disrupted” to realise these imagined realities.  Wals…

What should every environmental educator read?

Is there one book that you think every environmental educator should read? Is it Silent Spring, perhaps?  Or Walden?  The Natural History of Selbourne, maybe, or A Sand County Almanac?  Then there’s Last Child in the Woods, Small is Beautiful or The Web of Life.  The Prelude, perchance, The Deserted Village, or The Mores?  And Emile?  And what about Bedford 2046, Marx’s…

Natural England’s January research update Part 1

This is the latest update from Natural England in relation to Nature & Schools; Learning & Development. . Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children DJ Harvey et al – Journal of Environmental Psychology This investigation sought to discover whether engaging school children with nature could produce sustained improvements in mood…

Letter to the Prime Minister

This is the text of the letter sent this week by Zamzam Ibrahim, the President of SOS_UK and the NUS to the Prime Minister reminding him that, thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher called for urgent action on the greenhouse effect at the UN General Assembly.  The letter asks for the Prime Minister’s personal help in ensuring that…

Reframing environmental education

Today’s blog is by Morgan Phillips, an NAEE trustee.  Its focus is the request from Global Action Plan (GAP) and Reboot the Future for organisations to join them on a project to reframe environmental education.  The project is grounded in research into the importance of values to the development of environmental attitudes and behaviours.  Morgan Phillips is working  on…