June 14th 2021

Peers for the Planet – Lord Knight of Weymouth has introduced an Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill into the House of Lords. This aims to “make provision in the national curriculum regarding sustainable citizenship and protection of the environment.” You can track its progress here. Lord Knight came 6th in the ballot for private…

June 7th 2021

From Little Acorns – Lost Woods is a project designed to inspire, educate and empower young people about their environment. In March 2020, it distributed almost 50,000 sessile oak acorns to 135 primary schools across Glasgow to enable children to grow oak trees. Resources and lesson plans were designed by teachers to fit to each…

May 31st 2021

Don’t Melt it – A poem by Ben Cross, 13, and poster by 9-year old Amelia Stace, have been selected by Downing Street as the winning entries in a competition to welcome the G7 meeting to Cornwall. Amelia’s poster shows the world as an ice cream in danger of melting, with the caption: “Don’t melt…

May 24th 2021

Boycotting Carbon Capture – The UK Student Climate Network is urging a boycott the London Science Museum’s new climate exhibition: Our Future Planet, which is opening later this month because Shell is a sponsor.  The UKSCN argument is that “it is appalling that Shell, a company causing mass environmental degradation, is sponsoring an exhibition on…

May 17th 2021

Talking About Education – A new paper for Earth Day from the USA says that climate policymakers cannot afford to overlook the transformational power of schools (K-12), saying: “Every World Leader Should Be Talking About Education”. When they say that “It is vital that education and climate leaders alike recognize that all pathways to addressing…

May 10th 2021

The most important text – Last week, Greta Thunberg wrote this on Twitter: “This is one of the most important and informative texts I have ever read on the climate- and ecological crises. It’s quite long, but worth every second of reading. Please republish and share wherever possible.” The text in question was an article…

May 3rd 2021

DfE has a Vision – In a speech last week to the Annual Conference of the Confederation of School Trusts, Gavin Williamson said that he wanted “to share an ambitious vision for our country’s schools”. You can read it here. To save you too much by way of anticipatory excitement and associated palpitations, we can…

April 26th 2021

Light a Fire in Children’s Hearts – Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has made a series of videos of talks with prominent Japanese environmental educators. The first season will have 10 stories ranging from young local activist sisters to a University professor with over 50 years experience. The videos are in Japanese with English sub-titles.…

April 19th 2021

There is a Tide ~ The latest edition of Elephant Times from Tide~ global learning focuses on climate change. Contributors include: Katie Riley – describing her climate strike experience; Hannah Boyden – exploring a learning journey responding to the SDGs; and Margaret Barnfield – reflecting on a primary science project ‘Why on Earth?’        . Wildlife Crime…

April 12th 2021

Good grief.  What a title! – The Duke of Edinburgh was not known as a champion of environmental education, mores the pity, but he was very interested in young people’s development, and in conservation (and the environment more generally). Examples were his presidency of WWF International, his support of the National Playing Fields Association (now…