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

Read

Carbon labelling for food and drink products is coming, will it make a difference? – A trial of eco labels for food and drink products has begun in UK supermarkets, ahead of a planned rollout across Europe from 2022. Read More.

‘Eco-anxiety’: fear of environmental doom weighs on young people – A recent international survey of climate anxiety in young people aged 16 to 25 showed that the psychological burdens of climate crisis were ‘profoundly affecting huge numbers of these young people around the world’. Read More.

The climate crisis is destroying the human rights of those least responsible for it – Patrick Verkooijen and AK Abdul Momen believe it’s time to train the spotlight on the impact our climate emergency is having on human rights. Read More.

University of Bath to offer climate change education for all new students – Over 5,000 students will have the opportunity to learn about the carbon intensity involved in everyday activities, such as travel, energy use and food consumption. Read More.

Essential tips for talking about Project Drawdown’s Health and Education solutionDrawdown Lift is reflecting on how the team works to break down disciplinary walls and lift up global solutions that address climate change and extreme poverty, and enhance human well-being around the world. Read More.

Eco-feminists are tackling climate change head on – Namanya drew up a manifesto for a Ugandan “eco-feminist” movement that has since exploded into a 7,000-strong force of cross-country activists. Read More.

26 Natural Realms Of The UK: The Writers Shining A Light On The Biodiversity Crisis – In response to the interlinked climate and biodiversity crises, writers’ organisation 26 teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts to explore 26 vital habitats and wild places and respond creatively with poems and thought pieces. Read More.

Essay Competition: Education as if People and Planet Matter – The winners of this years competition have been announced, find out more about them, why they write, and how you can read the winning essays. Read More.

The Trees on Twitter – To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter, find out more about ‘A Witness Tree’, tweeting from the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. Read More.

Do

ACT: Sustainable Citizenship Conference – Exploring the role of teachers and schools in addressing issues of climate change; the aim is to ensure teachers have the skills and confidence to empower young people in developing knowledge and taking positive actions on environmental issues. Online, 3rd – 5th November, free for all to attend. Read More.

Reboot the Future: Reboot the Conversation – Is a new online hub to help you kickstart climate conversations with your family and friends through bite-size discussion videos, fact prompts, and conversation starters. Read More.

Global Action Plan – Year 8 and Year 12 Educators: We need your help with cutting edge research! Global Action Plan is conducting exciting new research in partnership with psychologists at the University of Bath. We need your help to find classes of Year 8 and Year 12 students who can take part in a 30-minute classroom activity as part of this research. This ground-breaking study will help us understand the impact of narrowing the Values Perception Gap (the misperception that most others don’t care when they actually do) on the actions young people are willing to take to help people and the planet. The results will inform the design of educational materials that empower the global citizens of tomorrow. Got any questions or want to get involved? Please contact Dr Lucy Anderson, Research & Impact Lead at Global Action Plan (lucy.anderson@globalactionplan.org.uk) for more information. Alternatively, sign up directly by completing this formDeadline for signing up: 29th October 2021.

5 Easy Ways to Have An Eco-Friendly Halloween – With Halloween just around the corner, Luna Williams shares some easy solutions for making your festivities a bit more sustainable. Read More.

Climate Action Sustainable Innovation Forum – This three-day hybrid Forum will showcase 400 world class speakers, providing all stakeholders the opportunity to engage and make a tangible impact at COP26, both in person and online. 8th – 10th November. Read More.

The Billion Seed Challenge – Is running until the 30th October; come together with your community to brighten up your local area and be part of planting a billion seeds across the country. Read More.

One World Week – Established in 1978, One World Week (starting 24th October) seeks to raise awareness of global issues and to encourage the community to take action locally to change things which are unjust, that damage the environment and that cause poverty. Read More.

Going full circle: 2022 award for circular economy start-ups opens for entries – From today, European start-ups working in the circular economy can apply for the 2022 award, and be in with a chance to win £21,500, as well as useful exposure, expert advice and networking opportunities. Read More.

See

Grounding PISA: A critique of the OECD measure of global competence – The 2018 OECD’s PISA measure of global competence was designed in response to SDG 4.7. In this online talk, Heela Goren will examine this measure and discuss findings from focus group discussions with Israeli students. 2nd November. Read More.

Five-Part Tv Series the Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet – Led by Prince William, alongside Members of The Earthshot Prize Council, this documentary highlights the challenges facing our planet and the ground-breaking solutions being developed to repair it. Read More.

The Great Big Green Week – Took place from the 18th – 26th of September and featured more than 5000 events with over 200,000 people taking part. The Climate Coalition has put together this video of highlights from the week. Read More.

Greening the curriculum: Qualifications, curriculum design and implementation, supporting teachers, and progression routes into further study and employment – This conference will discuss proposals for a new qualification in Natural History as well as wider considerations around incorporating the environment and sustainability themes into education provision in England. Tuesday 19th October. Read More.

The Earthshot Prize London 2021 Awards – Live on Sunday 17th October and available to stream online from the 19th, the awards will feature a talk from Sir David Attenborough, performances from top artists, and a line-up of influential presenters will announce the winners: the top five solutions that will have the greatest impact on the biggest environmental challenges. Read More.

Back in Time for School – Fifteen pupils and their teachers embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure as they fast-forward through more than 100 years of school life. Read More.

Learn

SDG Target 4.7: Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship – Target 4.7 is one of 10 targets that makes up SDG 4: Quality Education. Read More.

Global Education for Teachers: University College London – This free, three-week, online course has been designed to help you incorporate global learning and global citizenship education into your teaching. Sign up online. Read More.

Global Teaching InSights: OECD, UNESCO, Education International – Teachers are invited to share initiatives and projects on student empowerment around climate action. Watch ‘Conversations on Teaching for Climate Action’, and learn from other teachers. Read More.

Linking Thinking: WWF – This toolkit has been designed to help develop understanding and skills with regard to relational or systems thinking. It can be used as a professional development course for teachers and individual units can be selected for classroom activities. Read More.

Training: Creating a Lesson Plan – The Gaia 20:30 Biodiversity Campaign launched on 14th September; one of the first activities is a lesson plan competition. Need to have a clearer idea of what a good quality lesson plan looks like? Watch this training session with Prof Paul Pace from the Centre for Environmental Education & Research. Read More.

Indigenous Resistance Against Carbon: Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International – What difference do protests really make? A report out this week has attempted to put a figure on it. Researchers analysed 20 fossil fuel projects in North America that have been cancelled or delayed following protests from Indigenous groups. Read More.

A healthy future: Tackling climate change mitigation and human health together: The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Royal Society – UK citizens overwhelmingly support measures to tackle the climate crisis, and now there’s more positive news on the matter: those very measures will boost life expectancy. Read More.