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

Read

Why I’m feeling hopeful about the environment in 2021 – “Applied human intelligence is the vaccine against climate change.” Environmental reporter Tom Heap talks about some of the reasons he’s feeling positive about a low-carbon future, including several exciting new climate change solutions and initiatives. Read More.

Cutting Edge – In this news piece UNESCO explores climate change’s effects on culture around the world, what culture can do to help us build, adapt, and change, and their recently created Reflection Group on Culture and Climate Change. Read More.

Global heating could stabilise if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say – More than 100 countries have pledged to get to net zero by 2050, should this be achieved, surface temperatures will stop warming, enabling stabilisation within a few decades. Read More.

Scientists make sustainable polymer from sugars in wood – Researchers from the University of Bath have produced a new sustainable product that will hopefully help to combat societies reliance on unsustainable plastics. Read More.

Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature – The above amount is pledged to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature biodiversity over five years, alongside a further amount to be pledged to the Climate Compatible Growth programme. Read More.

The Climate Fiction Writers League – Is a new international league of 50+ authors committed to writing about climate change and nature, they are publishing a fortnightly newsletter with articles, thought pieces, and fictional work. Read More.

Do

Challenge Campus 2030 – With it’s closing date of 7th Feb 21, there’s not much time left for students, or University professors/researchers, to submit their idea of what a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable campus would look like in 2030. Read More.

Global Dimension: How can teachers support student action on the climate crisis during lockdown? – This free, virtual event celebrates the relaunch of Global Dimension’s website, and brings together teachers, young people, and leading environmentalists to discuss translating environmental passion into remote learning. 25th January. Read More.

International Conference on Youth Languages – This year’s theme is Youth Language and Change, exploring the involvement of young people in current political and social movements who are ‘bringing about change’ through a range of linguistic and communicative means. Call for papers. 26th – 28th May 2021. Read More.

ThoughtBox: Exploring the World Together, At Home – This free resource is a 30-day programme of daily activities for families and their children which support critical thinking, global citizenship, emotional intelligence, and wellbeing for people and planet. Read More.

12th Global RCE Conference – Leading up to the conference (November 2021) RCE Scotland is hosting two pre-conference webinars, the first of which – Achieving the SDG’s: Action through Learning – is on the 4th Feb 2021. Registration closes 29th Jan. Read More.

UN Biodiversity Conference – will convene governments from around the world to agree a new set of goals for nature over the next decade through the Convention on Biological Diversity post 2020 framework process. 17th – 30th May 2021, China. Read More.

These new apps make sustainability easier in 2021 – From cutting down food waste, to green investing, slow fashion, reducing plastic, and more, Pebble Magazine has put together a list of apps you can download that help you maintain a more planet-friendly personal lifestyle. Read More.

Show the Love – This campaign, run by The Climate Coalition, brings people together ever February to show their love for the planet and use the power of green hearts to ask politicians to tackle the climate crisis. Sign up and get your action pack full of ideas. Read More.

See

A Perfect Planet – David Attenborough’s most recent series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, and explores the often destructive but ultimately connected systems across our planet. Read More.

Planet Earth: A User’s Guide – The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures series this year explores the history of natural climate change on Earth, how human activity is changing it now, and the consequences faced if we do not act rapidly. Read More.

Climate Crisis Film Festival – 2020’s festival took place in November 2020, but you can still stream a variety of powerful and informative climate and activist films online. Read More.

Images of Change – NASA has released a series of before and after satellite images that show the changes on the planet brought by extreme weather occurrences across the globe in recent years. Read More.

Learn

UNESCO: Transforming the future: anticipation in the 21st century – This book explores futures literacy, the discipline of anticipation, the need for innovation in human decision-making systems, and promises to be of interest to activists working on sustainability issues. Read More.

Oxfam Education – Oxfam’s Education website has a range of classroom, and home learning resources to support children and young people’s learning about Global Citizenship issues, and to empower them to take action. Read More.

One Planet City: What makes a brilliant city? –This photo-based educational resource is designed to help schools and young people benefit from Brighton & Hove’s journey to becoming the World’s first One Planet City. Read More.