Enquiry into government approach to sustainable development

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched its first inquiry of the new Parliament with calls for evidence on the Government’s approach to sustainable development.  Its website says: “Promoting sustainable development – which for the purposes of this inquiry includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing – could be worth billions of…

Learning from the Sharp End

Time is running out to register for the Bristol Green Capital ESD Symposium in September. Learning from the Sharp End’ – Implications for sustainability in Higher Education takes place on 7 & 8 September, and the registration deadline is 31 August. The symposium focuses on new ideas to empower students to deliver a more sustainable future and…

Have you seen the Common Blue

Butterfly Conservation is asking everyone whether they have seen the Common Blue this year. The Common Blue is the most widespread of the UK’s blue butterflies but in recent years its numbers have declined and in 2012 reached its lowest level on record. As part of this year’s Big Butterfly Count, Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with the National…

The Big Green Gap Year

Participants in the BiGGY school-leaver pilots will talk about their ‘green’ projects from 1300 to 1430 on Friday 28th August at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham.  They will focus on their experiences and what they learned and can take forward to their university studies. Blogs detailing the work completed can be found here.  For further information contact Meg Baker (BiGGY Coordinator): mbaker3@glos.ac.uk  or …

30 Days Wild

Every day last June, a member of staff from The Wildlife Trusts blogged about a Random Act of Wildness that they did.  Did you ‘do’ any such random acts yourself out of sympathy or solidarity, perhaps – or just for sheer enjoyment?  If not, there’s still time – in September! Meanwhile, you can read about the random…

Evidence that it’s cloudy here

A recent map from NASA shows cloud cover over the earth.  This shows an average of a satellite’s cloud observations between July 2002 and April 2015.  You can just about make out the UK – under all that cloud. NASA says that typically 67% of Earth’s surface is covered by clouds, especially the case over the oceans, with less…

Letter to No. 10

c/o The Guardian, here is a letter that “ten leading UK charities concerned with protection of the environment”   sent to the Prime Minister late last month.   The authors say they … “are writing to raise a major concern.  On the basis  of the decisions made by your ministers in the first period of this government, we have concluded that…