The Centre for Youth Impact

The Centre for Youth Impact is hosting its third annual gathering on 11th September in London.  This follows two previous events that each brought together over 100 participants from across the youth and evidence sectors.  It is a day for practitioners, researchers and funders with an interest in learning, evidence and evaluation in work with young people,…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This image of a Bornean orang-utan in the Gunung Palung National Park is by photographer Tim Laman.  He spent three days rope-climbing the 30-metre tree to set camera traps he could trigger remotely. This image won him the Grand Title in the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.  Tim says, Protecting their remaining habitat is critical…

Teaching for a better world

Here is a link to David Hick’s blog – Teaching for a Better World: learning for sustainability, and this is the link to his latest posting on sustainable schools.  This begins: A sustainable future The notion of ‘sustainability’ emerged in the 1980s and has become the key concept for exploring the impact of human activity on…

Monterey Bay Aquarium lesson plans

This link will take you to lesson plans from the Monterey Bay Aquarium research institute. The foci are: Underwater gliders – used by scientists are the future of oceanic exploration. Follow the steps in this mini-unit to learn about data collected off the coast of Antarctica and how science and technology blend to collect data where humans…

Varied, Valuable but Vulnerable

For several years in newsletters and other publicity our local Cumbria association has used the strapline: Varied, valuable but vulnerable. So much change is underway both nationally and locally at the moment with many important decisions to be made that the implications for the many special areas of the UK risk being ignored.  Last Saturday I…

An ONS consultation on the SDGs

The ONS consultation on sustainable development goals (SDGs) is live.  The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on ONS’s approach to the measurement and reporting of UK progress against the global indicators that underpin the SDGs. Whether you provide data to feed into these measures, are interested in helping to shape how the SDGs…

What Sir David said in Edinburgh

Here are a few of the remarks that Sir David Attenborough made at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday. “I spend a lot of time wringing my hands and saying how dreadful it is that this forest has been obliterated and that sea has been polluted and whatever. But there are signs of hope.” “I have…

Campus biodiversity

King’s College has numerous initiatives in place to improve biodiversity for the benefit of wildlife, staff wellbeing and the local community. These include the installation of an invertebrate habitat, bird boxes and bee-friendly flowers at the Guy’s Campus in London Bridge.   Kat Thorne, Head of Sustainability, says: Enhancing biodiversity on campus brings not only…