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

SEEd's choice, things to read, do ,see and learn - July

A list of education for sustainable development resources for July

Things to Read

What phase of societal change are we at and what capabilities do we need to navigate what comes next? – Anna Birney explores what capabilities we need to develop to deal with the coming change by looking at system change and how some existing frameworks can help us see the bigger picture. Read More.

Can Our COVID-19 Response Prepare Us For Future Climate Emergencies? – Pyotr Kurzin investigates how COVID-19 impacts both our climate commitments and our responses to future emergencies and asks what our global responses to COVID-19 can teach us about how to cope with future climate related pandemics? Read More.

Nature Sustainability – is a nature research journal publishing research on a broad range of sustainability sub-topics, its policy dimensions, and possible solutions. Browse the archives of monthly magazines, news articles, scientific reports, and journals, or submit your own papers. Read More.

Educational outcomes of Learning for Sustainability: Literature Review – This review by the Scottish Government explores the impact of learning for sustainability and is intended to inform further research and policy development. Read More.

The Climate Coalition: Home Truths Report – This new report explores the real and documented early effects of climate change on UK homes, and looks at what we can do to make our homes greener, cheaper, and fit for the future of a changing climate. Read More.

Roads Threaten Tiger Habitat – A new study looking at the effects of roads on tiger habitat and population, has also looked at the road systems currently in planning and how they threaten tigers. Read More.

Farmers hatch plan to return area the size of Dorset to wild nature – Three farmers have formed the new charitable organisation WildEast, with the aspirational plan of rewilding 250,000 hectares of East Anglia. The plan includes reintroducing Lynx, Pelican’s and Beavers, and championing the restoration of soil health through regenerative farming. The three farmers are asking council’s, businesses, schools, other farmers, and ordinary people to pledge a fifth of their land to the project. Read More.

Things to Do

Influence new UK Fishing Laws – The Marine Conservation Society are running a petition to say no red rated fish in the UK, you can add your voice to be part of the change. They’ve created a Good Fish Guide which rates fish species in terms of sustainability based on several factors including risk of becoming endangered. Read More.

Mile an Hour – WWF are running a new challenge for you to get involved in from the 24th – 26th July 2020. The Mile an Hour asks participants to run any distance of their choosing, the idea being that you run each mile in one hour and use the remaining time to conduct fundraising activities. It’s easy to sign up through their website, and all funds raised will go towards supporting the excellent work WWF continue to do. Read More.

ESD Okayama Award 2020 – This award is aimed at rewarding outstanding ESD practices and projects around the world, and anyone implementing these activities in any country is welcome to apply. The closing date of 31st July 2020 is getting close so get your entries in soon. Read More.

Youth Climate Summit 2020 – This years Youth Climate Summit has been moved online, and thousands of young people are due to meet virtually from the 9th to the 13th of November 2020 to discuss the climate and ecological crisis. Join the organisation and design teams, sign up to take part if you’re a young person. Read More.

Harmony in Education – This free online event explores Harmony’s principles and philosophy and how this can be applied to a range of educational settings. Key points include the Harmony Curriculum, developing new leaders in sustainability, and engaging student interest in environmental issues. 23rd September 2020. Read More.

Force of Nature – Are offering a virtual change-maker course to help aspiring activists overcome the barriers of feeling powerless in face of the climate crisis and to take meaningful action and develop systemic and sustainable solutions. The programme consists of three stages that take the participant through a learning process supported by an online virtual classroom environment, workshops and practical exercises, connections with other young activists, and mentoring support from sector experts. Read More.

Things to See

Earth Charter – June 2020 saw the 20th anniversary of the Earth Charter; to commemorate this speakers from all over the world participated in the “EC+20 event: Turning Conscience into Action”. You can watch the webinar recordings online. Read More.

#GoodAfterCovid19: How Should School’s Reboot the Future? – The 18th of June 2020 saw a virtual fishbowl event held that looked at how Covid-19 has challenged and changed the way education in the UK works, and asked the question: How can we use this moment to redefine our education system in a way that reconciles global ecology with personal values? The webinar recording of this discussion is available to watch online. Read More.

Reasons for Optimism in our Changing World – In this free webinar Lily Cole talks with Hannah MacInnes about optimism in the face of the global climate crisis, exploring issues from fashion to fast food, renewable energy to gender equality, and how we can constructively meet the challenges ahead. 3rd August 2020. Read More.

Things to Learn

A Rounder Sense of Purpose – is a framework designed for ESD educators consisting of 12 educator competencies which contribute to a grounding in ESD pedagogies and a critical understanding of sustainable development. Read More.

Myth Busting – This document by 99% – an organisation working to end mass impoverishment – explores some common societal myths around wealth and economics, and compares them with current data to show the truth in the trend. Read More.

Can we Cope with the Complexity of Reality? – This new book by Dr Rolf Jucker looks at the stark reality of the issues or global society is facing, why it is we crave – and are so tempted to fall for – easy and convenient answers that will not enact the changes required, and how we can work together to collectively build evidence based and wise solutions to secure our future. Use code PROMO25 for a 25% discount through Cambridge Scholars. Read More.

SDG’s Learning – The 2020 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice capacity building and knowledge workshops ran from the 7th to the 13th of July 2020. During these workshops featured speakers, and academia and sector experts discussed the six entry points showcased in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report, and how stakeholders capacity for these can be enhanced. The webinar recordings of these talks and workshops can be access and viewed online. Read More.