January 11th 2021

Student’s views on sustainability – A report from Students Organising for Sustainability details their 2019-20 research into Higher and Further Education student’s views on sustainability in their education settings. Only 36% of respondents say that understanding how human activity is affecting nature has been covered during their time in higher education so far, but 70% agree that…

January 4th 2021

Goodbye to 2020 – Last year is perhaps not one that we shall want to recall with much fondness, but it’s worth remembering that not all the news was gloomy. Future Crunch has set out a collection of global good news stories including these: – [i] all six major US banks have now ruled out…

December 21st 2020

Only 70 national leaders attended a virtual “Climate Ambition” summit on December 12th, five years to the day after the adoption of the Paris agreement. The agreement has a ratchet mechanism which requires that countries come forward at five-year intervals with increased national climate goals, reflecting technological, economic and social progress in the previous five…

December 14th 2020

Reasons to be Cheerful: A review of what are the Environmental Success Stories of 2020, takes place on 16 December at 1900. This is the seventh in a series of informal meet ups that Creative Carbon Scotland organised following COVID-19 physical distancing measures as a way for ecological and artistic minded people of all kinds…

December 7th 2020

After the voting finished in the final Mock COP26 caucus the treaty and letter to world leaders were published. The press release is here.  Don’t forget the MC26 YouTube channel which captures some of the activities that took place at the Mock COP. . Karine Polwart, Edinburgh street band Oi Musica, and the Soundhouse Choir produced Enough is Enough to mark the…

November 30th 2020

Two resources were published last week aimed at helping school governing boards to adopt environmental sustainability as a core value and make it a key element of strategy development. These arise from a collaboration over the Summer between NAEE and the National Governance Association [NGA].  One resource is the NGA’s own guidance on sustainability for governing boards: Developing…

November 23rd 2020

The NAEE Annual Review was published this week. This is a report on our work during 2019/20.  It is an account of key developments in the year, with contributions that reflect on the context in which our work is carried out that were published during the year in our journal or as blogs on the…

November 16th 2020

The World’s Largest Lesson has a guide to learning more about how to talk to young people and children about climate change. The focus is on encouraging honest conversations in classrooms that give hope, whilst not ignoring the reality and scale of the problem. The main themes include Optimism & hope, Changing the narrative, Changing…

November 9th 2020

1 The UK Youth Climate Summit launches today with 163 free online sessions for primary and secondary students. This is the largest and most ambitious environmental education event run in the UK for decades. Thanks to Global Action Plan and over 50 teachers & organisations from across the UK. Registration and programme details are here. The Closing…

November 2nd 2020

Thursday November 5th is Outdoor Classroom Day. This is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. On two days of action each year, teachers take children outdoors to play and learn. The Wildlife Trusts quote Primary School Teacher, Sarah Doxford, saying: “Outdoor learning is essential as it gives children first…