Sustainability and young people – how do we know what’s working?

This summer, SEEd has once again been extremely fortunate to have benefitted from the creativity, determination and passion of two young people who have supported us on a variety of different projects. Sophie, a first year International Relations student at the University of Reading, has written a short blog describing her time at SEEd which you can read here.

Shara, the second of our two summer interns, is a master’s student on a Sustainability and Consultancy course at the University of Leeds. During her time with SEEd, Shara worked on a consultancy project reviewing evidence which Ann (Executive Chair of SEEd) and various other environmental NGOs have been collecting over the past ten years. The evidence demonstrates, amongst other things, the positive benefits on young people’s mental and physical wellbeing when they are immersed in a setting which embodies the core principals of sustainability. Even more encouraging is the evidence of a strong demand on the part of young people for there to be more teaching on sustainability topics.

Summaries of the evidence and URL links to each of the original documents will be available to SEEd members on the newly updated website over the course of the next few months. What’s more, there will be a one-off opportunity for you to hear Ann present this evidence and highlight how it can be used in funding applications and making the case for sustainability to be embedded across your schools and institutions. The event will be held jointly with LEEF – London’s network for innovative and passionate urban Environmental Educators. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from Stephanie Pace from Zoological Society of London (ZSL) who will present a case study based on one of their major research projects that looked at the impacts of environmental education programmes on students and teachers.

To find out more about the event, please visit the LEEF website.

Victoria Tait

SEEd Projects Manager