1. NAEE‘s Annual Review for 2016 / 17 has now been published and is available here. The Review sets out key developments in the year, reflections on the context in which our work is carried out, and commentaries on the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Tbilisi conference when so much was promised. It contains contributions from Mya-Rose Craig, David Fellows, Melissa Glackin, Zach Hayes and Alan Kinder.
2. Sutton Coldfield‘s eco-minded children at more than 20 schools in have pledged their support to go green for this year’s Mayor’s challenge. Each school will be given £650 grant to help improve the local environment and support its wildlife. A judging panel will visit the schools in February 2018 and choose the top three schools that will receive an additional £500. The challenge ties in with Sutton Coldfield’s entry into the Heart of England in Bloom 2018.
3. If you missed the live EAUC webinar on the Sustainable development Goals Accord (which once was only a Charter), you can catch it here. There are details of why the Accord is a good idea now, and you can listen to academics and managers talking about its introduction and development. The aims of the Accord are to inspire and celebrate what higher education already does for young people, and to make a commitment to each other to use the goals as a call for action and a framework for development.
4. There’s an Eco Schools Green Teach Meet on 16th November at Grange School, in Gorton, Manchester: 1545 to 1800. It will begin with a tour of the school, and there will be a workshop examining changes in the Eco School criteria and ‘Everything you need to know about bulbs’ with the RHS. There will also be an opportunity for SEN school practitioners to network and share ideas, practice and contacts. The Green Teach Meet currently includes the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority sharing their free school offers; The Woodland Trust and their new project; One Green World; Tree Station; the RHS and MEEN. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go.
5. Urbanise London offers a range of educational sessions covering aspects of history, geography, science and citizenship, following the national curriculum with the local area as a focus. Urbanise works with schools across and beyond Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Its website has information on all of its sessions.
6. Click here to read about Scottish Wildcat conservation. Philippa Murphy, Environment Manager for Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District, writes about our only native cat. Her post begins:
The Scottish wildcat is elusive, secretive and an icon of wilderness that’s hard to find. So if it is such a difficult animal to keep track of, how exactly do we protect the Highland tiger in a commercial forestry plantation? The Scottish wildcat is the only native member of the cat family found in Britain. It has declined in numbers and range and there are now possibly as few as 400 individuals restricted to the north and central areas of Scotland. Historically, wildcats would have been present across Moray and Aberdeenshire but their range has been greatly reduced due to persecution, disease and hybridisation (cross-breeding) with domestic cats.
7. Continuing the Scottish theme, here’s Paul Bradley writing about slow progress in facing up to the challenges set by the sustainable development goals. He begins:
“On this day in 2015, 193 UN member states gathered in New York to sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It’s the closest the world has come to a global strategy for tackling poverty, inequalities and climate change, and the SDGs have quickly become one of the world’s most talked about agendas. On an international level, these goals are practically the only game in town. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Whilst countries like Denmark are assessing all new legislation in relation to its impact on the SDGs, Scotland’s progressive rhetoric on the goals is yet to be matched by real action. …”
8. These are some of the latest headlines from the ENN:
- Rising Sea Levels Creating First Native American Climate Refugees
- Air Pollution Cuts Solar Energy Potential in China
- Electricity from shale gas vs. coal: Lifetime toxic releases from coal much higher
- Canada geese give hunters the slip by hiding out in Chicago
9. Ashden is a charity promoting sustainable energy in the UK and abroad. At the heart of its work is an annual awards scheme which rewards a diverse range of sustainable energy champions – from a carbon saving hospital in Manchester to businesses bringing important skills to the new green workforce in the UK. You can find out more at: www.ashden.org Previous winners include sustainable schools from across the UK who are willing to share their learning and expertise with you through our unique programme of workshops and mentoring. Here are some links
Click here to find out more about all the winners.
10. Here’s the final make up of workshops at the SEEd / SSA annual conference:
- Catherine Richardson from Think Global – Supply Chan!ge, Three sessions from leading businesses about how they are working towards a better future through creating sustainable supply chains.
- Ann Finlayson, SEEd, – Nature & Biodiversity: Unlocking a new Sustainable Schools Doorway.
- Vikki Pendry, Curriculum Foundation – Competencies for Learning for Sustainability while ‘Painting the World by Numbers’
- Dr David Dixon, Independent – Sustainability leading School Improvement.
- Bobbie Harvey, FACE – Food Farming & the Future.
- Henry Greenwood, Green Schools Project with Alex Green, Ashden– Get Your School To Go Green! – creating an action plan.
- Helen Cox plus students from Sir John Lawes School – From learning to doing: Widening pupil participation in sustainability and global citizenship.
- Mary Jackson, Learning through Landscapes – Polli:Nation – how to develop your school grounds to help hungry and homeless pollinating insects.
- Phillipa Slater, City of London Open Space programme – How to develop and deliver a visionary approach for learning for sustainability within your organization.
- Traci Lewis, Catalyse Change – Catalyst Bootcamp: Green jobs & ‘How to’ skills.
There will be lunch time sessions from Blooming Minds, School Energy Efficiency, Think Global, SEEd launching EASE and special guest Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark. Other organisations taking part include Woodland Trust, National Trust, Centre for Alternative Technology, Thames Boat Project, 1851 Trust, Future We Want, Target for Green, Being Animal, Queen Elizabeth Academy and Action for Conservation.
- Rethinking Grocery Shopping – Today’s supermarkets are full of single-use plastic packaging to keep groceries safe and fresh. Yet by rethinking the way we get products to people, innovators can design out waste. Winners: MIWA & Algramo
- Redesigning sachets – Hundreds of billions of sachets are sold each year to get small quantities of personal care and food products, such as shampoo and soy sauce, to people mostly in emerging markets. Winners: Evoware & Delta
- Reinventing coffee-to-go – More than 100 billion disposable coffee cups are sold globally every year, yet today almost no cups or lids are recycled. Winners: CupClub & TrioCup.
Click here to find out more about all the winners.