Why does environmental education need imaginative literature? 

David Whitley argues that environmental education needs imaginative literature. Ecoliteracy was a term that gained currency in environmental education from the late 1990s.  During the period leading up to this, the concept of ‘literacy’ had been extended to encompass a whole range of new areas – even including ‘emotional literacy’ – where existing cultural norms seemed inadequate.…

November 12 – News round up

NAEE has published its 2017/18 Annual Review. This is an account of key developments in the year, but it also contains a number of contributions that reflect on the context in which our work is carried out.  These are from young conservationists Louis Driver and Finlay Wilde, from NAEE Fellow, Ben Ballin, and from Ian Humphreys, CEO…

CLOTC blogs

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom publishes a number of blogs.  Here is a small selection of the recent ones: Born Outdoors – Outdoor Citizens Anita Kerwin-Nye, founder of Every Child Should, begins … “My love for the outdoors and the role it has played in my personal well being is well documented. Similarly, how outdoor…

November 5 – News Round up

The new Connecting Classrooms for Global Learning programme has now been launched.  Details of what’s on offer are here.   The website says: “The new Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme supports schools internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world.  Connecting Classrooms is a flexible journey for schools around the world of…

The Windmill Index

Ronald Rovers‘ latest blog is about the necessary transition to renewable energy, and he has been calculating how many wind mills (2GW turbines) the world will need to cater for life’s necessities (some of which are clearly luxuries).  For example, he calculates (it’s a guesstimate) that 110 wind turbines are needed for the operation of…

October 29 – News Round up

What do you make of the research report from King’s College: the Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Where is it, what is it and what should the future be?  It’s available here.  NAEE’s chair of trustees, has been blogging about the report, and you can read the first posts here.  Bill is writing in a…

National Poetry day

We mark National Poetry Day with John Clare’s Anticipating the Coming Autumn.   Clare was not strong on punctuation, and is likely frowned upon in these puritanical days where the ability to put your apostrophes in the right place is so important, and knowing how to analyse sentence structure sometimes seems more crucial than any meanings it might…

The locally threatened Dead Sea Sparrow

Mervat Batarseh Head of Environmental Education Section at Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature writes about their interactive community and school-based programme on the locally threatened Dead Sea Sparrow. Talking about birds is always an interesting issue for both students and elders.  As a professional in the field of environmental education. I have been monitoring…

October 22 – News Round up

A reminder about the pledge being promoted by GEEP: the Global Environmental Education Partnership – with the purpose of reinvigorating environmental education in the light of current sustainability challenges.  As such, we – the global environmental education community – are asked to ACT NOW FOR EE and work toward three visionary goals: Every nation has an environmentally informed, empowered, and…

EAUC and the SDGs

EAUC – the Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges – ran a series of webinars: A Cup of Tea and an SDG recently in celebration of Global Goals Week, and you can now watch them online: Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities Goal 11  – Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal 13 – Climate Action…

October 15 – News Round up

A two-part report exploring the state of environmental education in secondary schools in England has been published.   The project was: Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Where is it, what is it and what should the future be?  Report 1: Policy Perspectives Summary: The provision of environmental education in formal schooling is weakly supported by national policies.…

Outdoor maths

Juliet Robertson has a new Circle of Life Rediscovery blog post about outdoor maths: “6 ideas for using syringes in a mathematical way outside”. This begins: “I’ve always used syringes for water play, mark making, as air pumps in technology projects and for having fun in the snow. I’ve always chosen the biggest syringes I could…