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


A Nine-Point Plan for the UK to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions – Author Chris Goodall says tackling the climate crisis is neither difficult nor expensive and can help boost the economy. Recent months have seen a growing realisation that decarbonising our societies is possible, with a sensible portfolio of actions we could reduce emissions, provide jobs and improve living standards. Read More.

Invest in net-zero schools: our submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review – Teach the Future have submitted a representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review urging the Government to invest in net-zero schools. Their 11 page representation is available to read online, and presents the argument, methodology, and costing for a zero-carbon education estate. Read More.

‘It’ll be around forever’: Fossil fuel workers switch to new jobs in renewables – The last ten years has seen the rise of the UK’s offshore wind industry, and sites for solar and geothermal heating are springing up across the country. With the decline of the UK’s oil industry starting to become apparent many workers are looking for more stable jobs in renewable energy. Read More.

H&M installs in-store machine that turns old clothes into new clothes in five hours – As part of their journey towards ‘closing the loop’ in the fashion industry H&M have recently installed their first clothes recycling machine. Less than 1% of clothes are currently recycled into new garments, and this machine is part of H&M’s plan to build a more sustainable business model. Read More.

Green Schools Globally: Stories of Impact on Education for Sustainable Development – This book brings together stories of the green schools movements from around the world, including case studies from Green Schools, Eco Schools, Sustainable Schools, and more, and highlighting the importance of a Whole School Approach to Sustainability. Chapter 20 of this book has been co-written by SEEd’s Ann Finlayson. Read More.

UNESCO: Framework for the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) beyond 2019 – This document contains the proposal for a new framework for ESD beyond 2019 to meet the SDG’s with specific activities for member states to deliver on policy, education and training, youth services, and community engagement. Read More.

Global Action Programme Key Partners Report (2015-2019) – Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action – This report highlights the progress of GAP Key Partners in 5 priority action areas: advancing policy, transforming learning environments, building the capacity of educators, empowering youth, and accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level. Read More.

Accelerating the People-Powered shift – Over the past year large movements such as Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter have shown the power of the people to stand up and demand change, in this article Nesta explores the people-powered shift that is underway. Read More.

The Good Childhood Report 2020 – The Children’s Society’s 2020 report has found a saddening continuation of the downwards trend in UK children’s happiness. Read More.


Global Youth Alliance for Kindness – Young People worldwide are being called upon to read and comment on the draft of a new Youth Declaration of Kindness, which appeals to global youth and youth organisations to implement the SDG’s through transformative acts of kindness. You can access the declaration online, and leave comments and suggestions for improvement. Or check out the Consultation Page. Read More.

Challenge Campus 2030: Edition 2 University students and teachers, this competition asks you to imagine a vision for sustainable universities and campuses of the future, what will it be like when all 17 SDG’s have been met? Create and register your team, or join an incomplete team, and upload your project by the 7th February 2021. Read More.

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – This year’s conference will explore the current environmental and ecological challenges we face, highlight the crucial role of ESD as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs, and create momentum for strengthening ESD in policy and practice. Held from the 17th – 19th May 2021, in Berlin, Germany. This conference will also be part virtual. Participation is by invite only. Read More.

GLOWING GLOWING GONE – Message from Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean – The World Meteorological Organisation puts us on a trajectory taking us to around 4˚ Celsius global warming before the end of the century. This campaign calls for protection of coral reefs, the wider ocean, and for net zero emissions by 2050. Read More.

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Pre-conference workshops – This series of online workshops leading up to the conference in May 2021 looks at ESD through and beyond the Covid Pandemic, exploring how we can change education to meet the climate crisis. There is one workshop each month. You must register online before the workshop to attend. Read more.

Frugi Challenge and Green Flag Funding – Eco-Schools have teamed up with Frugi (an ethical organic children’s clothing company) to create the Frugi challenge, a 10 day challenge which can be completed at home or school. Frugi have also agreed to pay the first Green Flag Accreditation fee for 150 schools. Applications for funding close on the 18th of December 2020, and a successful first Green Flag application must be submitted before 26th February 2021 to be eligible for funding. Read More.

Climate Education Nonprofit, WOURLD – Looking for Feedback From Educators – WOURLD have developed a climate change curriculum of multiple-choice lesson plans and are asking climate change educators to look at their resource and send them feedback through their online form which can be accessed be accessed via NAAEE’s blog. Read More.

NAAEE Annual Conference – This year’s conference and research symposium is virtual, and taking place from 13th – 16th October 2020. Although this date will be just passing when this newsletter is released you can still follow up the outcomes online. You can also explore research, evidence, and learning from their previous conferences on their website. Read More.

COP 26 – The UK will host COP 26 in Glasgow from the 1st – 12th November 2021. The climate talks will bring together over 30,000 delegates from across the world to discuss the global response to the climate crisis. Read More.  

11th World Environmental Education Congress: Building Bridges – Held in Prague from the 4th – 8th October 2021 this conference aims to build bridges between theory and practice in Environmental Education (EE), between different EE approaches, between experienced and young researchers, and between those who engage with and those who reflect upon and analyse EE. Read More.

How to Sustainably Upgrade your Phone – New UK company, Reboxed, have come up with a solution to the growing problem of e-waste in the UK. Their services provides you with a way to benefit from newer tech at better prices, and enable you to safely pass your old devices on when you’ve finished with them. Read More.

Get up and Goals: Online Climate Conference for Schools – This conference, held in December 2020 (date tbc), will invite secondary school students to engage with local action on the climate emergency, deepen critical skills, develop skills and experience, and seed ideas for actions within schools. Schools and teachers are invited to register their interest by sending an email to with the subject line ‘Keep me informed about the Climate Conference’. Read More.


Future Fest – This year Pebble Magazine’s sustainability festival will be held virtually, from the 7th – 8th November 2020. Talks, podcasts, virtual workshops, ethical shopping, and a music event that also plants trees. Tickets for the weekend are £7.50. Read More.

Our Future Our Voices: Virtual Youth Summit – This free virtual international summit, by young people for young people, runs from the 26th – 30th October 2020. Youth and adult speakers, workshops, talks, peer to peer learning and live discussion forums covering a range of sustainability and wellbeing topics. Register online. Read More.

How do we shape our tomorrow? Nesta talks to… Scott Smith – Author of ‘How to Future: Leading and Sense-making in an Age of Hyperchange’, talks to Nesta about developing an agile, innovate, and flexible approach to futures planning. Read More.


UNESCO: What is Education for Sustainable Development? – In this article UNESCO give a brief yet concise overview of what ESD is, and why it’s so important. Covering Learning Content, Pedagogy and Learning Environments, Societal Transformation, and Learning Outcomes. Read More.

Ecosphere: Environmental literacy, ecological literacy, ecoliteracy: What do we mean and how did we get here? – This journal article from 2013 explores and explains environmental and ecological literacy, and ecoliteracy, their definitions, history, and associated frameworks. This work offers critical analysis of where we have been, where we are, and where we’re going, and offers points for further continuation of the discussion. Read More.

DESA: Exploring Youth Entrepreneurship – This report, published earlier this year, explores youth entrepreneurship as a mechanism for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Using examples from around the world the report presents how, through good practices, youth entrepreneurship can maintain global employment rates and provide opportunities for vulnerable groups. Read More.

United Nations: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – Explore each of the 17 SDG’s, their history, events, publications, and news. This in depth and interactive guide gives you all the information you need to learn about and understand the SDG’s and the work being done globally to achieve them. Read More.  

SDG Compass – The SDG Compass is a guide specifically designed to help companies align their strategies with the SDG’s to maximise their contributions. The guide is free to download, and although it is written with larger companies in mind there is plenty for small companies and organisations to benefit from. Read More.

Introducing Learning for Equity and Sustainability in ITE – This course has been designed for UK based teacher educators who want to inspire new teachers to engage with complex global issues. 28th Oct – 9th December, Online, Free. Read More.