SEEd’s Choice: Read, Do, See and Learn – May 2020

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Things to Read

Coronavirus shows us it’s time to rethink everything. Let’s start with education – In his recent article in the Guardian George Monbiot argues for just how vital a knowledge of ecology really is. He’s been experimenting with creating an ecological education that ‘places ecology and Earth systems at the heart of learning, just as they are at the heart of life.’ Read More.

What does Covid-19 mean for the UK’s Climate Commitments? – Over recent months many parallels have been drawn between the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Climate change expert, Pyotr Kurzin, takes a long look at Britain’s official commitments to climate change and whether the country can hope to meet those commitments during the current pandemic. Read More.

Drop in pollution may bring hotter weather and heavier monsoons – With factories closed and roads relatively empty, air pollution in cities across Asia, Europe and the US has dropped by as much as 60% in recent weeks. Scientists say fewer particles and polluting gases means more sunlight can reach Earth’s surface. Read More.

Marine Species on the Move – Rising temperatures caused by climate change have resulted in a shift in population sizes of marine species – in general, populations are growing at the poles and declining at the equator. Read More.

Greta Thunberg and children’s group hit back at attempt to throw out climate case – Greta, and 16 other young people, lodged a legal case with the UN committee on the rights of the child against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey last September. Their argument is that these countries are endangering children’s wellbeing through the climate crisis. Brazil, France, and Germany say they will not hear the complaint. Read More.

Using Concept Routines to Drive Inquiries – Concept routines are effective tools to help make students’ thinking visible and gather the data you need to set-up future investigations. A meaningful inquiry can be well-planned and structured without stifling creativity or giving too much away. These concept routines will help you to assess your students’ level of understanding, while giving you the data you need to drive your inquiries forward. Read More.

Climate Strikes Continue Online: ‘We want to keep the momentum going’ – The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to large gatherings of people the world over, and the climate strikers have had to change their tactics. Now, instead of big crowds they hold mass video calls, and instead of marching with banners and placards they post photos with hashtags. Read More.

Things to Do

UNESCO asks students, teachers, and parents to share their stories about how they are continuing to learn at home – ‘We invite our ESD partners to let us know how education for sustainable development doesn’t stop. We’re inviting students, teachers and parents everywhere to share their testimonies directly on their own social media accounts by recording and posting their short videos, tagging @unesco and using the hashtag #LearningNeverStops. More tips and instructions are available here.’ Read More.

Our Climate Our Future – An online video learning and community designed to teach young people about climate change, connect them with other young people, and empower them to take action for the future. Read More.

Hay Festival Digital – This year the Hay Festival of Literature is going online, and they’ve made all of their talks free. Just scroll through the events and sign up to the one’s you’d like to view, you’ll then receive a link to Crowdcast so you can view the event. Lots of interesting climate and sustainability talks. 18th – 31st of May. Read More.

Farms to Feed Us – An online database of farms, local growers, and small-scale food suppliers who can supply you with fresh, locally sourced, sustainable produce during the crisis and in the future. Find out who’s near you. Read More.

Teach the Earth: Join the Teaching Geoscience online community – Participate in online discussions with other teachers about the best ways to teach students online, share resources, discuss strategies, and ask questions. Read More.

National Animal Rights Day 2020 – June the 7th 2020 is the 10th National Animal Rights Day and this year due to coronavirus restrictions there is a global virtual happening. Activists will come together to remember the animals lost this year, and celebrate the progress made to end the suffering of their brothers and sisters. Special guest speakers from cities all across the world will talk, and the entire event will be live-streamed through Facebook. Free event, virutal, 7th June 2020. Read More.

Woodcraft Folk: DreamBigAtHome for children and young people – The offer includes: A brand new website hosting 100s of activities for children and young people to do at home; Weekly social action sessions, empowering young people to create their own solutions to the current crisis; Regular live programme of games, quizzes, story-telling and themed based sessions; Physical activity packs which we are distributing through food banks and other agencies to reach families in need. Read More.

Things to See

Our Planet – Netflix has released all of the Our Planet series onto YouTube so that you can enjoy them even without a Netflix subscription. This nature documentary explores the wonder of the natural world, and the effects of climate change. Read More.

Fashion, Planet, and Community in the age of the Coronavirus – In this session you’ll hear from different designers and brands how the pandemic has affected their business and plans. Being small and sustainable has left many companies facing a unique set of challenges, but it has also enabled them to react and innovate rapidly in order to be of service, and to look at the coming months with hope. 20th May, 5pm, virtual. Read More.

Ocean Youth Summit – June is World Ocean Month and the Ocean Future Fund is running a series of four webinar seminars to celebrate and showcase amazing young change makers who are doing good for our oceans. Begins 8th June, free, virtual. Read More.

50 Top Sustainable UK Brands for the Planet – Reward Agency believe that businesses should have a positive impact on the planet, and on the 18th of June are revealing their list of the top 50 most sustainable brands in the UK. Read More.

Things to Learn

National Youth Climate Summit 2020 – On the 22nd of April, schools, colleges and young activists across the UK joined the UK’s first online youth climate conference, organised by Robert Ferguson Primary School, in partnership with Transform our World. The event provided a chance for students and teachers to dive into our planet’s most pressing climate issues, offering grassroots suggestions on how we can avoid ecological collapse and looking at what we as individuals can do to help. Information, videos and more from this event can be found on the Transform Our World website. Read More.

WWT Wild Home Learning Hub – WWT have launched a new home learning hub to help hard-pressed parents teach their primary school aged children key parts of the science curriculum. New resources, covering different science topics, will be released on a Monday morning each week. Families will have access to lesson plans, written specifically with this audience in mind, divided up into bite-sized chunks, including an outdoors element for those with access to outdoor space. These are supported by instructional videos, fun ‘make it’ activities and a quiz to show how much they’ve learnt each week. Read More.

What is Climate Change? A really simple guide – The BBC has put together a simple guide explaining climate change. This guide goes into detail explaining the greenhouse effect, what the greenhouse gasses are, what the evidence is for warming, what future temperatures we may be able to expect, countries that emit the most CO2, and what effects climate change will have on us. Read More.

CNBC make it – An interactive tool showing how the coronavirus pandemic is – and isn’t – affecting climate change, made by artificial intelligence start-up HyperGiant it puts both global crises and their relationship to each other in perspective. Read More.