Chocolate Planet

According to Think Global, this Easter people in the UK were set to spend around £400 million on chocolate. TG says that each year we consume an average of 10kg of chocolate – that’s two 100g bars a week.  However, that amount still only puts us 7th worldwide.  Switzerland is in first place followed by Austria, Ireland, Germany, Norway and…

ENSI Update

The latest newsletter from ENSI can be read here.  Its articles include: United Nations announces young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People – Learning from Nature Learning to live together sustainably (SDG4.7): Trends and Progress  

Canadian Geographic

Here’s the latest from Canadian Geographic with features on: Seven can’t-miss spots on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast Trail Inside Saskatoon’s world famous drive-thru perogy restaurant Photos: Exploring the Torngat Mountains, a place of spirits Recipe: Pâte à tartiner (chocolate spread) Across the Arctic with Chris Hadfield

Research on negative emissions technologies

The UK has launched a £8.6m national research programme on how to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. It is thought to be the world’s first research programme dedicated to this topic.  The money will fund projects exploring the real-world potential of “negative emissions” technologies (NETs), including soil carbon management, afforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture…

TEESNet Conference

The 2017 TEESNet conference will address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by exploring questions about SDG 4.7 and the role and contribution of education in promoting sustainable development. TEESNet says that this will build on the success of recent conferences which have explored the role of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in a…

Learning for Sustainability in Uzbekistan

This morning’s guest blog is by Quinn Runkle and Steve Martin. A recent vibrantly colourful book about Uzbekistan, called 10 Reasons to visit Uzbekistan, begins thus: “A Trip to Uzbekistan is a trip to magnificent Samarkand, along the royal road to Bukhara, reliving the Silk Road…” Well, why not visit the largest country in Asia, with…

Inside Climate News

Inside Climate News is a US-based website that does what it implies.  It says it is “A Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment”.   Inevitably, the coverage is of American politics as well as policy.  Recent ‘hot topics’ include:   Donald Trump Cook Inlet Gas Leak Scott Pruitt EPA Rex Tillerson…

More play areas for children?

Following reports of likely cuts to funding for maintenance and provision of Children’s play areas by Local Authorities, Roger Hurst has started a Government e-petition which proposes a levy on the Professional Football Clubs for some of their wealth to be used to provide play areas for children. As well as helping to provide an…

National Children’s Day UK

This year National Children’s Day UK is on Sunday 14th May. National Children’s Day UK is an initiative of the Save Childhood Movement that was established in 2013 and represents individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about societal values and wellbeing and the current erosion of natural childhood. The concept of Children’s Day was established by the UN…

Is it time for nature schools?

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has a long history of involvement in providing informal and formal environmental education. Over the years, general nature studies have given way to specific activities tailored to help teachers meet attainment targets. We have worked with hundreds of schools; creating wildlife areas, running teacher training sessions, giving presentations to school assemblies…

The latest from Think Global

Think Global’s latest round-up of news is here. There are features on: the election and the responsibilities of charities when engaging with politics the International Development Committee is holding an inquiry into the future of UK-EU development cooperation.  It focuses specifically on what relationships regarding aid and international development should look like post Brexit. The Parliament…