Arts, Education and the Environment

Today’s post is by Ben Ballin, who’s a member of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network [@wmsussch], and an Educationalist at Big Brum. He reports on the work of the Standing Conference on the Arts, Education and the Environment. “We are literally in the mouth of the Giant” – conference participant “Children are too often…

Schools making a meal of it

Today’s post is by David Dixon, NAEE Trustee and author of Leadership for Sustainability: saving the planet one school at a time (Crown House Publishing, 2022). David is Tynedale’s Bicycle Mayor. As usual with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by the Association. Recently school meals hit the headlines when a headteacher…

Natural History

The most recent Spectator Schools magazine had an article, Better Nature, which focused on “how to make the new natural history GCSE more worthwhile”. This is a plea for natural history to be focused on plants and animals rather than on fashionable causes such as the need to ‘save the world from catastrophe’ as suggested…

BERA Blog Update

Anna Ridgewell, from the University of Sussex, won the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2023 Best ePoster Prize and has now contributed a post to its Blog: Growing up green: What value is placed on accessing outdoor environments across different childcare and educational settings? This is how it begins: “It is well known that…

Victorian Visions

Today’s post is by David Dixon, NAEE Trustee and author of Leadership for Sustainability: saving the planet one school at a time (Crown House Publishing, 2022). David is Tynedale’s Bicycle Mayor. As usual with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by the Association. If time travellers from the 19th Century were to arrive…

On a Lane in Spring

Friday was International Poetry Day. To celebrate it here’s John Clare’s On a Lane in Spring. As usual with Clare, the punctuation is minimalist. A Little Lane, the brook runs close besideAnd spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly byAnd hedges leafing with the green spring tideFrom out their greenery the old birds…

Buy Nothing New Month

Today’s post is by Dr Ian Humphreys, the Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, and an NAEE Fellow. As ever with our blogs, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. It was an eventful start to 2024 for us at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as we launched a new…

Spring Global Days

The Globe is the news update from the Global Dimension website, a free online library of global teaching resources that is produced by Reboot the Future. Reboot’s output for March focuses on respect and dignity. It says, find great conversation starters and classroom resources below to help you enrich your teaching this month and foster connection and compassion…

Global Warming and Eunice Foote

The American Institute of Physics’s (Neils Bohr Library) has a focus on how the phenomenon of global warming has been researched and discovered. This includes milestones in a timeline. This is how it begins: 1800-1870 Level of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) in the atmosphere, as later measured in ancient ice, is about 290 ppm Mean global…

Through a Glass Darkly: Part 4 – A New World Begun

Today’s post is by regular contributor, Richard Jurin. Before his retirement, Richard led the Environmental Studies programme at the University of Northern Colorado, where he launched a degree in Sustainability Studies.  His academic interests are environmental worldviews and understanding barriers to sustainability. As ever, with our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily shared by NAEE.…