On Wednesday 2nd March, SEEd hosted the National Sustainable Schools Conference in Leicester City Hall. With around 150 people in attendance the conference was a finely tuned affair. In the morning delegates gathered in the Main Hall to listen to talks on the current issues facing sustainability and education. This included speakers such as Lloyd Russell-Moyle the Chair of the major UN group for Children and Youth, head of University of Leicester Environmental Action Society Daniel Schofield and our very own Ann Finlayson, SEEd CEO.

Daniel caused a stir talking about the impact of animal agriculture on our environment (some estimates say the industry is responsible for 51% of carbon emissions) and how cutting meat and animal products out of our diets could well be necessary in our fight against climate change.

With over twenty different charities and organisations holding stalls and events, the rest of the conference saw a steady stream of teachers and students flow through. Big Brum, a Birmingham based production company who write and present children’s plays, were a particular highlight for their adaptation of Rumplestiltskin. The famous tale was refocused to talk about environmental issues. There were also workshops upon a multitude of topics. All of which were talking about ways we can help deal with current issues through critical thinking and how to present these issues to children, from ecology and insects all the way up to politics and International Aid.

The conference was a huge success and owed a great deal to Victoria Tait, SEEd employee and all-round winner who organised and ran the entire day. Thanks must also go to the volunteers from the University of Leicester who gave up a day of their time to provide directions and support to delegates. We are all very grateful.

Now that it’s over, it’s time to start planning the next one! If you think your city would be a great location for the next National Sustainable Schools Conference, let us know!

Laurie Atterbury

SEEd Intern