SEEd’s Choice: Read, Do, See, and Learn – February 2021

Read

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta – This independent global review calls for changes in how we think, act, and measure economic success, and in particular the importance of education, and presents a new framework for how we should account for nature in economics and decision-making. Read More.

Spending on Global Energy Transition Hits Record – Bloomberg Green writes explores the record spending in 2020 on renewable power, electric vehicles, and other low-carbon technologies. Europe lead the way with a 52% growth. Read More.

The Plan to turn Hills into Batteries – Engineers have revealed plans to turn the UK’s hills into batteries to store renewable, the plans could see around 700 sites created across the county, without spoiling the landscape. Read More.

Historical French Climate Ruling – Four environmental organisations have won a legal case against the French State for failing to address the climate emergency. Read More.

Teen Scientist finds a low-tech way to recycle water – Shreya Ramachandran, 17, has founded a nonprofit based in California that teaches people how to recycle water in their homes. Read More

The biggest secret parents keep? The life-changing brilliance of teenagers – This article by Emma Beddington casts a different light on the world of 21st century teenagers. Read More.

Race to Resilience – The High Level Climate Champions Race to Resilience was launched 25th January. The campaign aims for a change in global ambition around climate resilience, putting people and nature first. Read More.

Circular Economies ‘can slash global emissions’ – A new report reveals how efficient resource consumption could save 22.8 billion tonnes of carbon. Read More.

Will learning ever be the same again? – 800+ schools and colleges across the UK took part in this discussion and vote about the future of our learning, read the report by Votes for Schools online. Read More.

Do

International Women’s Day – Is the 8th March 2021, and this years theme is #ChooseToChallenge. Send in a picture to show your support and solidarity, plan an IWD activity with your community, family, or school using the general resources and resources for schools available on their website. Read More.

The app that helps you shop ethically – Daniel Fahey writes about his experience using CoGo, a new app that helps you track the environmental impact of your spending. Read More.

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development – The 4th March 2021 is World Engineering Day, highlighting the important role engineers and engineering plays in developing the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Organise an event, utilising the resources available on the website, download the communications kit, and listen to their mini-series podcast. Read More.  

The Modern Milkman – Is a plastic-free milk, bakery, and grocery delivery service based on the traditional English milkman and inspired by a desire to tackle the global plastic crisis. Read More.

University Mental Health Day – Is the 4th of March 2021, despite social limitations there are plenty of ways to get involved and support the ongoing discussion of student mental health, join the online movement, run virtual events, share student space and more. Read More.

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – This years conference will be held virtually, and member states will be invited to attend and nominate a delegation. 17 – 19th May 2021. Read More.

Fairtrade Fortnight – Runs from the 22nd Feb to the 7th March. Come together to share stories of the people who grow our food, our textiles, and mine resources. Join the online festival, join the online festival, host your own event; resources available for schools. Read More.

UNESCO Trash Hack – Is a global project to reduce waste. Teachers can download the guide: TrashHack Action Learning for Sustainable Development, and register to join the campaign. Read More.

Young Ambassadors – Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are looking for young people aged 16-25 who are passionate about the natural environment. Young people should apply before the 22nd Feb. Read More.

Forest Kindergarten: Local Nature Play – This two-day course from Circle of Life Rediscovery is based around child-centred learning through play, and the value of nature for wellbeing. 24th and 31st March 2021. Read More.

See

United in Compassion – Global Action Plan and Persil have launched a research project and panel discussion bringing together academics and thought-leaders to explore the role of compassion in young people’s action. Watch the webinar.

Scotland: The world’s first rewilding nation? – Join the Scottish Rewilding Alliance as it calls for Scotland to become the world’s first Rewilding Nation. 17th February. Read More.

Bristol Conversations in Education: Decolonising education for sustainable futures – This series of three online seminars are free and open to the public, the aim is to consider the future of education, and reimagine how learning can shape the future by equipping learners with diverse ways of being and knowing. 17th – 24th February. Read More.

Learn

UNESCO: Futures of Education – This initiative aims to rethink education through catalysing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity. Explore their knowledge hub, publications, resources, and ways you can get involved. Read More.

Reforesting Britain: Why natural regeneration should be our default approach to woodland expansion: Rewilding Britain This report spotlights using natural forest regrowth to support more complex and climate resilient reforestation. Read More.

Education for Sustainable Development: A Roadmap: UNESCO – This roadmap sets out the urgent challenges facing the planet and explores the next step UNESCO is taking in responding to them through education with detail on new emphases and actions. Read More.

The People’s Climate Vote: United Nations Development Programme – This report examines the results of the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted, spanning 50 countries, and over 1.2 million respondents. Read More.

Youth Solutions Report 2020: United Nations Development Programme – This annual report offers youth-led ideas for sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Read More.

Practical Action: Farmers Footsteps – is one of several new school resources from Practical Action. In this resource students are introduced to Nepalese farmers, each with a story about how climate change has directly impacted their lives. Read More.

FutureLearn – Have a range of online courses in understanding climate change, and climate change science, from universities and industry-experts around the world. Read More.