From pessimism to hope …

Ben Ballin, from Tide~ global learning, has contributed a post to the Cambridge Primary Review Blog.  It’s titled From pessimism to hope: global learning and sustainability, and you can read it here.  It begins: When the Cambridge Primary Review conducted its Community Soundings in 2007, it encountered a widespread sense of the world as a threatening place for children. The Review’s Final…

It’s windy in Denmark

Wind power generated a record 140% of Denmark’s electricity needs one day this autumn.   This enabled the country to export surplus energy to neighbours including Germany, Norway and Sweden. Data shows that Denmark generated 116% of its electricity needs from wind turbines,  and that by 3am one Friday morning the figure had increased to 140%.…

Teaching about El Niño

The Economist has a readable article on the current El Niño which is already wreaking its chaos on the world’s weather systems and economies. There’s a great map which shows that where the losers are from all this – and where the winners are as well, as El Niño is a double-edged sword with rich…

Think Global training opportunities

Here is a list of professional development opportunities from Think Global up to March 2016.  Click on the link for the details. 16 November 2015: Making sense of British Values (Salisbury) 19 November 2015: Moving from RRSA Level 1 to Level 2 (London) 19 November 2015: Climate Conference for Schools (London) 20 November 2015: Global Teachers Award Level 2…

The Geovation Challenge

The Ordnance Survey launches its 9th Geovation Challenge on Nov 25th and the team is on the lookout for bright ideas that can improve our relationship with water. The OS says: A water crisis that is fuelled by ever increasing challenges from the effects of climate change and phenomenally growing societies. A crisis of resilience and sustainability:…

Rocky Rex rocks

Rocky Rex is a new science blog that’s aimed at non-experts.  It mixes climate change with other things, to illustrate that climate science is mainstream. The picture on the right shows Rocky. Recent posts are about the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, earthquakes and volcanoes, ice ages and glaciers, hurricanes and tropical storms, the oceans, natural cycles, and up-to-date data on climate…

Environmental education at Marton primary school, Lincolnshire

Another winner of this year’s Ashden Sustainable Schools Award was Marton primary school in Lincolnshire.  What follows is taken from the Ashden case study which details the school’s success. The Ashden judging panel said: “Marton Primary School is an excellent role model for other small schools.  The staff and pupils have adopted a very simple approach focusing on low cost or no cost…

Hampshire Conservation Volunteers

The Hampshire Conservation Volunteers are running a free woodland management course on 12th November at Chandler’s Ford 1000 to 1500).  Working with their Biodiversity Action Team, you can learn the skills of coppicing small trees such as hazel and hawthorn. And on Saturday 14th November, there’s a Sustainable Garden training course in Chippenham, Wiltshire (1030 to 1600)

News update from Think Global

Amy West, Programme Manager at Think Global, invites teachers to join a free, online twilight training session on Positive development stories for your classroom Wednesday 11th November 2015, 4.15pm-5.15pm: Monday 23 November 2015, 4.15pm-5.15pm: A lunchtime event: Migration – Thinking again, and Thinking critically 12-3pm, Thursday 12 November 2015, London Cheshire West and Chester Fairtrade Steering Group…

The Age of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs is an eminent analyst of global development.  His new book The Age of Sustainable Development, which was recently presented and discussed at UN headquarters in New York, gives an insight into the current post-2015 negotiations and the concept of sustainable development. The publishers say: Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the world’s most perceptive and…