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

Read

UK Government announces new competition which sees companies turn waste into jet fuel – Eight companies have been shortlisted to receive a share of £15 million to develop first-of-a-kind production plants across the UK that will turn waste into jet fuel. Read More.

Bright Blue: UK public wants nature at the heart of policymaking – Bright Blue has recently published ‘Nature Positive?’, a comprehensive report on UK public attitudes towards the value of the natural environment, accessing and engaging with it, and the responsibility and actions of different actors for its protection and enhancement. Read More.

‘Map of dreams’ reveals scope of English rewilding project – Wild East was launched by three East Anglian farmers and now includes over 1,000 landowners across the region who are taking on the challenge of creating a network of rewilded habitats across an entire region of the UK. Read More.

IPCC: Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis – The most recent report released August 2021 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change illustrates the stark impact human behaviour is continuing to have on the climate, and what this means for the future. Read more.

Climate Countdown: Listed Companies are running out of time – The Net-Zero Tracker, which MSCI plans to publish quarterly, highlights how listed companies’ collective carbon footprint has remained roughly unchanged since 2013 notwithstanding the Paris Agreement and a push by countries across the world to put climate change at the top of the global agenda. Read More.

UK Government announces plans for a World-leading hydrogen economy – The UK’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy will unlock over £4 billion in investment and create thousands of jobs. Read More.

Climate crisis: English moor transformed into ‘giant sponge’ to absorb CO2 – A peatland restoration project near Manchester will help soak up carbon, boost biodiversity and prevent flooding. Read More.

World’s first underwater farm reopens, growing lettuce and strawberries – A unique structure consisting of six underwater greenhouses off the coast of Noli, Italy, was created by the Ocean Reef Group in 2012. Read More.

EU’s green deal plans launched with ‘make-or-break decade’ warning – The EU executive has unveiled sweeping proposals to tackle global heating, warning of “a make-or-break decade” in the fight against the climate and nature crises. Read More.

Do

New tool launched to give the UK public a voice on how to tackle climate crisis – WWF, National Grid, and ScottishPower have teamed up and released a Climate Calculator tool the public can use in the run up to COP26 to understand and choose their preferred solutions to the climate crisis by viewing the direct impact solutions would have on jobs, households budgets, lifestyle, and more. Read More.

The Time is Now – Join The Climate Coalition in their call to the UK Government to support a clean energy revolution; protecting, restoring, and expanding our green spaces; and protecting our future at COP26 by adding your voice to their declaration. Read More.

Future Global Leaders – Is a new programme for primary and secondary school student councils and eco-clubs featuring workshops with both teachers and students to address sustainable development and problem-solving skills for the future. Running throughout the year from September 2021. Read More.

Learning for Equity and Sustainability in ITE – This is a free course for UK-based teachers looking to embed learning for equity and sustainability into their teaching practice. Course runs September – October 2021, online, 2 hours per fortnight. Read More.

Young Reporters for the Environment Competition – Vote for your favourites! – View the shortlisted entries to this year’s competition online and vote the ones you like most; view an impressive range of essays, articles, photos, and videos by young people from across the world. Read More.

Transform our World Youth Summit 2021 – From the 1st – 12th November 2021 (the same time as COP26) Transform Our World will be holding an online youth summit; schools can find out more and sign up to be involved online. Read More.

Biomimicry, Nature and Designjoin the BioLearn team for a day exploring how biomimicry can enhance sustainability and STEM learning. The morning will consist of an overview of biomimicry and an exploration of key biomimicry skills and concepts, while the afternoon will offer a series of workshops designed to provide hands-on experience of a selection of the biomimicry/STEM resources. The BioLearn Festival is family-friendly and will take place in Devon on the 3rd October. Read More.

UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY) – COY takes place from the 28th – 31st October, in Glasgow, right before COP26, and brings together young people from 140 different countries around the world to come up with a policy document representing the voice of youth in the global climate conversation. Read More.  

Responsible Business and SDG’s Summit – UN Global Compact Network UK’s features business leaders discussing how aligning their sustainability strategies with the SDG’s will unlock value and build resilience. 20th – 21st July. Read More.

What can I do about climate change? 14 ways to take positive action – Gavin Haines at Positive News has put together a list of 14 things you can do to shrink your carbon footprint, hold polluters to account and save yourself from climate despair. Read More.

See

Why is Climate Change an Issue? (ft. Nature-Based Solutions):Youth Reporters for the Environment, Peter Lee, United States, 17 – In this video, student and environmental activist Peter Lee touches upon the issue of climate change through a documentary including a short interview and a possible solution for the problem. Read More.

Local Zero – This podcast is all about local action to tackle the climate crisis. Approaching COP26 later this year, Glasgow-based researchers Dr Rebecca Ford, Dr Matt Hannon, and Fraser Stewart are your guides to local climate action for a net zero future. Read More.

Learn

Lesson plans for positive actions for the Sustainable Development Goals – In 2019 and 2020 Foundation for Environmental Education invited teachers to develop and submit lesson plans that promote an action-oriented pedagogy about specific SDGs, new plans have recently been added and you can access these online. Read More.

UN Global Compact: SDG Ambition – SDG Ambition is a six-month accelerator programme that will challenge and support participating companies of the UN Global Compact in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating the integration of the SDGs into core business management. Read More.