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

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Things to Read

What is Biodiversity? – In this article Sophie Pierce from Oxford University outlines what biodiversity is, how it affects us, and what the threats to it are. Read More.

11th World Wilderness Congress 2020Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth: Advancing nature based solutions to the extinction and climate crises This charter was developed by experts within the Global Conservation community and was scheduled for approval at the 11th World Wilderness Congress in March 2020. The congress was postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic, and the charter has since been approved by the by the Wild11 resolutions committee on behalf of delegates. Read More.

Beavers: Getting ready to make a return from extinction – After centuries of absence, beavers are set to return to the Norfolk countryside this spring. Historically beavers were hunted for their fur and their meat, and were last seen in the UK in the 17th Century. Since then the beaver has been recognised as an ecosystem keystone species and conservation projects across the UK are working on reintroducing them. Read More.

Climate Outreach: Communicating Climate Change during the Covid-19 Crisis – An evidence-based guide on engaging people in climate change discussions during and following the global pandemic, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation. Read More.

Global CREDS study uncovers best ways to change consumption to cut carbon footprint – A team of researchers at the University of Leeds has screened over 7,000 studies and developed a list of the most effective ways we can cut our household carbon footprints through changes in consumption of food, transport, and housing. Read More.

UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019 This Government document reports on the UK’s progress towards meeting the biodiversity goals and targets agreed in the strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020. Read More.

Can renewed interest in nature bring more funds to UK wildlife? – Patrick Barkham explores how the lockdown experience has transform attitudes towards green spaces, and how this could make a case for more ecological funding in the face of recession. Read More.

World Bee Day: Are we ignoring biodiversity risks in the same way we ignored the pandemic? – Louise Hall draws parallels between the risks of ignoring the evidence warning us about biodiversity loss, and in particular bee decline, and ignoring warnings about the pandemic. Read More.

What Happens Next: Seed to Celebration Book – What Happens Next are a Bristol based organisation working with schools and young people to help them redesign their outdoor spaces to grow things and connect further with nature. Their seed to celebration book is currently in progress, but there are sample pages available to download. Read More.

Six Nature facts related to Coronavirus – The UN Environment Programme has put together some of the latest facts about the Coronavirus and zoonotic diseases and have listed six main points they think are well worth knowing. Read More.

Things to Do

The Climate Coalition: Virtual Lobby On the 30th June 2020 The Climate Coalition invite you to join them in a virtual lobby asking MP’s to put people, climate, and nature at the heart of the nation’s recovery as part of The Time is Now. The climate coalition is a group of over 100 member organisations; last year they teamed up with The Time is Now and over 12,000 people travelled to Westminster to talk to MP’s about tackling climate change and nature’s decline. Sign up online. Read More.

Human’s Locked Down: Nature Unlocked – UNECE have launched a competition for nature photographs documenting the striking reappearance of nature in previously heavily human populated areas during lockdown. They’re asking you to send in your nature photographs – of flora and fauna, of dolphins and sea creatures reappearing, of wild animals coming into quieter cities, of all the incredible nature you’ve seen during lockdown – the best 13 will appear in an online album which the United Nations will use to promote a focus on nature and biodiversity as the world begins to #buildbackbetter. Submit online by the 15th of September. Read More.

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – New dates have been released for the next UNESCO World Conference: 17-19th May 2021, Berlin, Germany. The Conference will raise awareness of the challenges of human-induced climate change, limited and recklessly exploited resources, rising temperatures and sea levels, pollution and shrinking biodiversity, and highlight the crucial role of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs, and create momentum for strengthening ESD in policy and practice. Read More.

COP26 UN Climate Change Conference – New dates have been released for the next UN Climate Change Conference, it will now take place between the 1st and the 12th of November 2021, in Glasgow.

COP26 President and Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, said: “While we rightly focus on fighting the immediate crisis of the Coronavirus, we must not lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change. With the new dates for COP26 now agreed we are working with our international partners on an ambitious roadmap for global climate action between now and November 2021. The steps we take to rebuild our economies will have a profound impact on our societies’ future sustainability, resilience and wellbeing and COP26 can be a moment where the world unites behind a clean resilient recovery.” Read More.

#GoodAfterCovid19: How should schools Reboot the Future? Join Reboot the Future, and 30 leading voices in transforming education, to discuss how schools can reboot the future. Thursday 18th June 15.30-17.30 (BST) / 16.30-18.30 (CEST). Number 6 in the #GoodAfterCovid19 series, this virtual discussion will explore what we have learnt from the challenge COVID-19 has imposed on our education system, and how can we use this moment to redefine our education system, in a way that reconciles global ecology with personal values. To explore these vital questions, and add your own perspective to this rich conversation through optional audience participation. Read More.

ESD Okayama Award 2020 – This award is now open for entry and rewards ESD practices in local communities around the world, organisations in any country can apply, and prize is $3,000 and will be awarded to up to two projects. Application form and guidance is online. Closes 31st July 2020. Read More.

Great Science Share 2020 – Register and get involved with science this June, download adn learn about the weekly themes, take a look at some of the great resources and videos that have been made, share your science, explore question makers, and make sure you register and sign on for the Great Science Share Day on the 16th June. Read More.

Teach Early Years Awards 2020 – Nominations are now open, and there are six categories you can choose to submit your resources into: Communication, Language and Literacy; CPD; Creative Play; Early Exploration; Happy and Healthy; and Picture Books. Submit via the online form by the 26th of June 2020 for the chance to see your resources get recognised. Winners will be announced in October. Read More.

Catalyst Summit – A mentoring and learning course for girls and young women aged 16-24 who want to save the world but don’t know how to go about it and don’t feel they have the confidence or skills. Three full days of inspirational exploration and learning, plus following mentor support. The summit includes three separate one and a half hour zoom calls, and the opportunity for ongoing support. There are sponsored places available for those struggling to afford the course fee. Dates are 8th, 15th and 22nd July 2020. Read More.

Bright Green Futures 2020 – Applications are open for this environmental leadership programme for young people aged 14-19 until 29th of June 2020. The year-long programme is designed to help young people learn about and engage with climate change and environmental protection, and to gain skills and confidence through taking part in a series of projects and training. Successful applicants will begin the programme in September 2020. Read More.

Things to See

World’s Largest Lesson – On the 16th June UN Leaders are coming together with young people to talk about Education, Health, and Activism, and to ask everyone to reimagine the future. View the 35 minute discussion on Youtube at 4:30pm UK time. Read More.

Circle of Life Rediscovery – Have two upcoming webinars on Outdoor Literacy in Early Years and Messy Maths in Primary Schools, both webinars are held over Zoom and cost £25, the dates are the 25th June and 2nd July. Read More.

Things to Learn

Journey Through Wild Landscapes Podcast In this podcast episode author and walker Peter Fiennes joins Alastair Driver from Rewilding Britain to discuss how landscape shapes imagination and how rewilding today is about man and wildlife living in harmony rather than turning the clock back. Listen to the podcast.

Planet Pod – Is an independent, not-for-profit podcast dedicated to talking to people from all walks of life about wildlife, climate, and sustainability to help everyone be better guardians of the planet. Browse the podcasts available to listen and learn. Read More.

For the Wild – Is an environmental podcast seeking to produce an anthology of the Anthropocene through discussing the protection of wild spaces, the promotion of ecological renewal, and the disconnection of consumer culture. Read More.

The Economics of Biodiversity – Minouche Shafik and Professor Dasgupta discuss the sustainability of humanity’s engagement with nature. Podcast and video of this live event are available for download on the London School of Economics website. Read More.