Teaching young people about energy

Yorkshire-based Warm.co.uk says that in an age of rising energy prices and diminishing energy security, it’s time that young people are taught that gas and electricity are not finite resources and that heating has become a hot topic. “We’ve become used to warm comfortable homes, and young people need to be taught that heating is one of…

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and ITE

Meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Initial Teacher Education in the UK: Progress and Opportunities, was the focus of a seminar held last Friday, 10th March, at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. The purpose was for key teacher educators in UK ITE institutions to: Share progress on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship  in ITE…

Natural England’s latest round up

Here’s a link to Natural England’s latest round up of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy…

Think Global asks …

Do you know where your clothes were made? As recently covered by an article in The Observer, researchers from the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (based in the Netherlands) found wages below the full legal minimum at factories in Myanmar supplying brands such as Sports Direct, Henri Lloyd, New Look, H&M, Muji, Pierre Cardin and Karrimor,…

Creating a buzz

Creating a buzz: how UK schools are embracing beekeeping is an article in the Guardian which discusses how teachers are discovering that beehives can provide exciting opportunities to learn outside the classroom.  This is how it begins: “We know that things are bad with bees right now. In the past decade, they have been disappearing…

The World Bee Project

The World Bee Project (WBP) is a global social enterprise focussed on the relationship between pollinators and the most pressing issues that societies face today such as food security, environment, health and wellbeing. It aims to bring scientific, technological, government and market forces together to achieve our ultimate goal of placing the natural world at…

Towards a resilient planet

This is the executive summary of the 2016 Living Planet report from WWF.  It’s gloomy stuff, but essential reading if we are to face the future with any hope. CHARTING OUR COURSE TOWARD A RESILIENT PLANET Under the current trajectory, the future of many living organisms in the Anthropocene is uncertain; in fact several indicators…

The latest from Arkive

This is a link to Arkive’s latest round-up of it work. There are features on deforestation, re-introduced species and seagulls.  There is also a section on new resources for 7 to 11 year olds which include: Nature’s Lights explores how light is essential in the natural world, and how and why animals that live in the…