An August Midnight

  We think of Thomas Hardy as a nature poet, although probably not to the extent that we know John Clare to be one. Hardy’s ‘An August Midnight‘, written in 1915, is not just about the natural world, but concerns our relationships in it. Here it is: A shaded lamp and a waving blind, And the beat…

The world’s largest lesson

  On 25th September, the UN will announce its Global Goals for Sustainable Development [SDGs], that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.  The ambition of The World’s Largest Lesson (beginning 27th September) is that children across the world will learn about these goals and began to contribute to their achievement. For schools, it’s…

Not Just Hot Air – Putting Climate change into Practice

A new publication, ‘Not Just Hot Air – Putting Climate Change Education into Practice’, presents UNESCO’s recent work in supporting education policy-makers and teacher educators to act on climate change. It includes national case studies on UNESCO country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa, making accessible results and lessons learned.  …

Never mind the Romans

What has nature ever done for us? is the title of a well-received book by Tony Juniper which was published in 2013 by Profile Books?   As the blurb says: “… nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going.  From the recycling miracles in the soil;  an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests;…

And the sea rises higher

The Guardian is reporting a NASA study which says that sea levels worldwide  have risen by an average of almost 8cm since 1992 because of warming waters and melting ice. In 2013, the IPCC predicted sea levels would rise from between 0.3 and 0.9m by the end of the century, but this new research suggests that the…

Canadian Resources for Rethinking 

Resources for Rethinking provides access to lesson plans, curriculum units and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented.  Each resource is reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all Canadian provinces and territories. Whether that means they’re ok for the UK…

We Have No Planet B – Education is Everything

Simon Fearnehough, founder and CEO of the Hideout House Company, which specializes in developing products for schools to help foster environmental awareness and sustainable thinking, contributes today’s blog post.  Simon writes: If we are going to make any significant difference to help ease the burden on our planet’s resources, then awareness about environmental issues and…