18th August 2022

John Burton – Conservation veteran John Burton, co-founder with his wife, Viv, of the World Land Trust – died on Biodiversity Day.  You can read an appreciation of his life here. . Working Report – The Sustainability and Climate Change Education Working Group is a collaboration between Leeds Trinity University and the Teacher Development Trust.  It brings together expertise across nursery, primary, secondary and higher education…

8th August 2022

  EIS Webinars – The Educational Institute of Scotland says make learning for sustainability your new academic year’s resolution.  The Institute is running Putting Learning for Sustainability at the heart of practice professional learning webinars in September.  You can choose from early years, primary and secondary. . Earth Echo – If you are or know a young (13-25) environmental leader that wants…

Wild Bees and Green Teacher

The Summer edition of Canada’s Green Teacher magazine (Vol 132) is now available. The bulk of this issue is dedicated to wild native bees and it has been produced in partnerships with Friends of the Earth Canada. There are two freely available articles: Leaf Your Devices at Home by Britta MooreA lesson plan to combat plant blindness The Lives…

1st August 2022

Gaia + James Lovelock died last week on his 103rd birthday.  Here is the obituary from the Guardian.  He will be forever associated with the Gaia theory of a self-regulating Earth, but his achievements were much wider than this through his inventions and experiments.  For example, he alerted the world to the presence of CFC gases in the atmosphere although he…

Our Need to be Fully Human

Today’s post is by Mary Colwell the author and activist who did so much to bring OCR’s natural history GCSE to fruition. Mary is Director of Curlew Action and the author of Beak, Tooth and Claw – Living with predators in Britain (William Collins 2021), Curlew Moon (William Collins 2018), and John Muir – the Scotsman who…

25th July 2022

A response to the DfE Strategy written by co-chairs of the UK Schools Sustainability Network operations group, Helen Burge (Priory Learning Trust, Somerset) and Paul Edmond (Heart Academies Trust, Beds), is on the Education Executive website.  The UKSSN Ops Group was founded after COP26 in order to bring together the voices of school business leaders who are key to…

The Extinction of Botanical Education

A research team from the UK and Ireland have a paper in the journal Ecology and Evolution which explores “the botanical education extinction and the fall of plant awareness”. This is the Abstract: “Civilization is dependent upon plants for survival. Plants permeate our every moment and our relationship with them will dictate how we will…

18th July 2022

Letters to the UN – Manchester University’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (in collaboration with Save the Children UK and UK-Med) ran a competition for UK school children to write a speech or letter, addressed to the UN, on the climate emergency.  They were asked to focus on: How is climate change affecting you and what actions, initiatives, and policies should…

Green Teacher Vol 131

Vol 131 of Canada’s Green Teacher magazine is now available. There are two freely available articles: Green Buddhism by John NegruAn introduction Navigating Inquiry-Based Instruction by Pamela ChinThe “Four Cs” in a middle school ELA classroom ……………………………………………………….. Other articles (available only to subscribers though you can read the abstracts) are: Where’s the future in teaching? by David FernsPreparing…

Learning about (and for?) Biodiversity

Today’s post comes from our Chair, Bill Scott. As with all our blogs, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Association. News comes today that the threat to biodiversity on Earth might pose an existential threat to humanity. This warning comes from the Environment Agency. Many would likely contest the “might” in that…

11th July 2022

Cushions Recommended – Teach the Future is holding a teach-in to raise awareness of its climate education bill and the campaign more generally.  They day that there will be “some great speakers, so it should be very fun and informative, as well as being an important act of protest.”  It’s taking place in Westminster on Saturday 23rd July at…