Linking food, waste and the curriculum

A LEEF training  event – Creating sustainable schools: linking food, waste and the curriculum – will take place on Tuesday 26 April, 1000 to 1600 at Groundwork Hackney, in London. It will focus on the links between sustainability, food growing and waste prevention. There will be case studies, hands on activities including a textile waste activity suitable…

What’s happening to our bees?

FACE has a new resource in its controversial issues series. It has been produced to help young people: Learn about declining bee populations and consider the use of pesticides, in particular neonicotinoids Understand the different problems facing honey bees and wild bees Judge the bias and reliability of different sources of information Draw their own…

The Journal of Environmental Education

The Journal of Environmental Education is the oldest of the journals focusing on environmental education research. It began life in 1969 as “Environmental Education”, and changed its name in 1971 to much its growing focus on research activity. It’s known across the world as “J.E.E”. It says this about itself: ” JEE is a research-oriented,…

Remembering a founding father

Although John Smyth died over 11 years ago, in 2005, his contribution to environmental education lives on. An obituary in the Herald Scotland painted a picture of his life and work, but there are many of us today who can add anecdotes to what this says about him. John’s contribution was national and international, and…

The New Wild

In The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will be Nature’s Salvation, Fred Pearce argues that trying to keep out alien species looks increasingly flawed and that we should celebrate the dynamism of such species and the novel ecosystems they create.  Further, in an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, we should be finding ways to help nature…

National Environmental Education Week

NEEF has announced that April 17 to 23 is National Environmental Education Week – at least in the USA which is where NEEF operates. This is NEEF’s 12th annual EEWeek, and this one is sponsored by Samsung. It is the USA’s “largest celebration of environmental education”, and NEEF invites environmental educators of all kinds, teaching…

Arkive finds two new species

Photographs on the Arkive website have helped naturalists identify two previously unrecorded species of magnolia. In 2010, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz gave Arkive a series of photos he had taken in a cloud forest within eastern Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.  One was identified as being the magnolia, Magnolia dealbata, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  But…