Natural England Research Update

This is part of a recent round up by Natural England of recent and relevant evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items from the UK and abroad, with a focus on education and learning. This supports the Strategic Research Network for People and Nature to develop better…

February 1st 2021

An unwelcome CO2 milestone – The Met Office is predicting that the annual average CO2 concentration will be 416.3 parts per million (ppm) between April and June 2021. This will be 50% higher than 278 ppm that existed in the late 18th century when the industrial revolution began. The Met Office says that It took more than 200…

January 25th 2021

Dirt is Good – Global Action Plan has partnered with Unilever/Persil UK on their Dirt is Good project and is launching a piece of research on Feb 2nd ahead of the roll out of a brand new schools programme. The research investigates the ‘Values-Perception Gap’ problem, looking at when it starts to show-up, its implications for young people…

Boundaries and the struggle to think both globally and locally

Today’s blog is the latest in a series from Richard Jurin who, before his retirement, ran the Environmental Studies programme at the University of Northern Colorado, launching a degree in Sustainability Studies.  His academic interests are environmental worldviews and understanding barriers to sustainability.  As ever, with our blogs, Richard’s views are not necessarily shared by…

January 18th 2021

Teach the Future – Anna Brown argues that it’s been a great year for the Teach the Future campaign, especially for our new nations and international groups. For example: “Teach the Future has become a major stakeholder in the Fridays for Future Europe climate education forum. It sends 8 representatives to work on campaigns and demand…

January 11th 2021

Student’s views on sustainability – A report from Students Organising for Sustainability details their 2019-20 research into Higher and Further Education student’s views on sustainability in their education settings. Only 36% of respondents say that understanding how human activity is affecting nature has been covered during their time in higher education so far, but 70% agree that…

We want to make a difference for nature

Today’s post is by Dr Karen Kerr, a previous science teacher and now lecturer in education at Queen’s University Belfast.  Karen teaches future science teachers and is involved in research in outdoor learning and environmental education, with a specific focus on researching with children and young people.  Karen is also a member of the Education for Sustainable Development Forum…

January 4th 2021

Goodbye to 2020 – Last year is perhaps not one that we shall want to recall with much fondness, but it’s worth remembering that not all the news was gloomy. Future Crunch has set out a collection of global good news stories including these: – [i] all six major US banks have now ruled out…

December 21st 2020

Only 70 national leaders attended a virtual “Climate Ambition” summit on December 12th, five years to the day after the adoption of the Paris agreement. The agreement has a ratchet mechanism which requires that countries come forward at five-year intervals with increased national climate goals, reflecting technological, economic and social progress in the previous five…