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


Bike for Butterflies – Simon Saville, BC Trustee and Chair of the Surrey & SW London Branch, is halfway through his gruelling 1,200 cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to help fight the decline of butterflies and moths. Read More.

Reforesting Europe would increase rainfall – New research using a global reforestation potential map and rainfall measurement data across Europe has shown that increased reforestation could enhance summer rainfall – offsetting some of the predicted drying – but could exacerbate the higher levels of winter rainfall predicted. Read More.

New funding for 12 high-impact projects to help tackle the climate crisis – 12 new restoration projects aimed at restoring natural habitats on land and in the sea, thereby contributing to increased carbon storage using nature-based solutions, have been announced by The Wildlife Trusts. Read More.

Cows are being touted as the latest solution to plastic pollution – Researchers have discovered that bacteria living inside a cow’s gut can break down several types of plastic, including some of those used in single use plastics. Read More.

Penguin: Green Ideas – This is a series of 20 books collated and published by Penguin, all of which present key theories, thinking, philosophies, and arguments about the environment, our place in nature, and our response to the climate crisis and natural world. Read More.

G20 Education Ministers Urged to Back Quality Climate Education Ahead of UN COP26 Conference in Glasgow – Read the Earth Day statement and press release about the importance of ensuring young people receive a comprehensive and empowering climate education. Read More.

UK Government confirms coal power phase out will be brought forward to 2024 – From 1 October 2024, Great Britain will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned. Read More.


Flashcards for the Future – Turn it Around Cards are calling young artists, thinkers, and leaders to help design a set of flash cards which show how ecological justice can be achieved. Seeking thoughts, dreams, visions, words, and artwork by July 23rd. Read More.

100,000 Children’s Voices at COP26 – Votes for Schools are exploring climate change with young people, as part of this they’re offering schools the opportunity to involve their students through free resources, and the opportunity for students to vote and comment so their voices are heard at COP26. Read More.

Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count – This UK-wide survey runs from the 16th July to the 8th August, and asks you to count and record the amount and type of butterflies and day flying moths you see during that time. Read More.

National Marine Week – Is The Wildlife Trust’s 15 day celebration of all things marine, running from 24th July to the 8th August. Students are encouraged to get involved by creating a 1-minute-long marine movie and posting it on social media. Read More.

Before the Earth falls silent – Is a global petition calling on world governments to agree 50% of land and oceans will be protected and restored, and to ensure our planet is sustainably managed. “We global citizens are deeply concerned by scientists warning that ecosystems critical to sustaining life on Earth could collapse in our lifetimes. We call on you to meet existing targets to protect biodiversity, forge a new agreement so that at least 50% of our lands and oceans are protected and restored, and ensure our planet is completely sustainably managed. This must take into consideration the needs of human development, and have the active support of indigenous peoples. This long-term goal for nature can restore harmony with our home.” Read More.

Words and Pictures for Your World – Is a student competition from Planetary and the UK Schools Sustainability Network inviting young artists, poets, and photographers to submit their work to a new student-led collaborative anthology giving a voice to eco-conscious youth. Deadline 8th August. 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.

Great Big Green Week – Is taking place from the 18th – 26th September 2021. There are loads of ways you, your school, or your community can get involved in this nationwide climate and nature event from The Climate Coalition. 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.


Your Power to Implement Climate Solutions: UK Schools Sustainability Network – You can watch the recording of this webinar featuring Chad Frischmann and Kat Taylor from Project Drawdown, in discussion with Lilly Platt from Lilly’s Plastic Pickup, hosted by the UK Schools Sustainability Network. Read More.

Rethink: BBC Sounds – Leading thinkers from around the world give their perspectives and ideas about how the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. There are five episodes on rethinking education, plus responsibility, fairness, behaviour change, leadership, and more. Listen for free. Read More.

Schools Climate Summit: London Climate Action Week – Recordings from the sessions held as part of the Schools Climate Summit during London Climate Action Week are available to view online via LCAW’s YouTube channel. Read More.  


Together For Our Planet: UN Climate Change Conference UK – This schools pack has been designed to help teachers engage all students in climate education and action through a series of activities, green assembly plans, ideas, and tools to help them become climate leaders. Read More.

The National Curriculum Outdoors: Deborah Lambert, Michelle Roberts and Sue Waite – This is a series of 5 books spanning KS1 to Year 6; they’re focused on helping teachers grow their confidence in delivering curriculum learning in an outdoors environment. The books include a series of photocopiable lesson plans. Read More.

Friends of the Earth Climate Action Plan for Schools and Colleges – Is a free to access, downloadable resource featuring 50 tips to help schools to become more sustainable, and to involve their students in this process. Read More.

Curricular Framework for Advancing Circular Economy: Eco-Schools – The framework is intended to support curricular developers in integrating concepts linked to Circular Economy into teaching. It is available to download for free. Read More.