Recycle your textiles

Do you know the difference between re-cycling and down-cycling?  If not, this blog in the Guardian about textiles may leave you better informed. And this is a current story about H&M, which is launching an effort to promote recycling, cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials, and address looming shortages of raw materials. As population pressure mounts,…

GeoPark Hour

Last month saw the launch of #GeoparkHour on Twitter. Every Tuesday at 1300 UTC, Global Geoparks worldwide and their local partners are encouraged to share the best examples of their work promoting geological heritage and supporting sustainable economic development through eco-tourism. The initiative was launched by the coordinating team behind the 7th International Conference on Geoparks that is due to take…

Nature offers the best training ground

Outdoor environmental education cultivates curiosity and discovery in children, which are the fundamental building blocks of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and it encourages students to make science a part of their everyday lives – so says a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (and the Children and Nature Network). The report says: “Consider that engineering,…

LOtC Resource Packs

LOtC Resource Packs are lesson plans for curriculum focused learning outside the classroom. Each pack contains 6 lesson plans, a case study of a project, and general tips and information on delivering learning outside the classroom,and all plans list the equipment needed, suitable venue, and ideas for differentiation, expansion and follow up in class. The packs…

Monitoring air pollution by phone

On September 1st, the iSpex-EU project was launched.  This is setting out to recruit people from cities across Europe (see the map) to monitor air pollution.  The project aims to contribute to research by encouraging people to use their mobile phones to record levels of particles and droplets known as atmospheric aerosols. Toby Shannon, the UK co-ordinator of…

Experience the world

Here’s a blog post from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on the importance of learning outside. It begins: It’s a myth to think that learning outside the classroom is ‘just play’ – we’ve seen first-hand how play helps children develop their social, emotional and physical skills. Every young person should experience the…

The Worm – an underground adventure

Click here to see something of the Whirlybird Theatre Company’s underground eco-drama: Underneath your feet in the muddy brown soil squirms the world’s best kept secret – a wonderful, magical creature called the Worm.  Join Wilma and William, two nature lovers, on a journey underground as they discover a family  of friendly, musical worms and their colourful…

El Niño – or not?

Are you confused about what an El Niño is, and how it starts (or not)?  And are you, perhaps, not all that clear about the Walker circulation either – we certainly weren’t! Last week’s Economist looked in readable detail at the Pacific Ocean phenomena that so significantly influences our weather even though it’s half a world away.