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

Read

Winners of the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition 2021 – Winners in each category (articles, photos and videos), and age group (11-14, 15-18 and 19-25), have been announced; you can view all the winning pieces online. Read More.

Corridors of power: how hedgerows can help us tackle the climate crisis – A familiar feature of the English countryside, hedges do more than just mark off land between farmer’s fields, hedges also hold a huge store of environmental benefits. Read More.

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work – George Monbiot writes on how our current, gradual plans to combat the climate crisis are likely not enough to stop complex natural systems from reaching their tipping point. Read More.

What can I do about climate change? 14 ways to take positive action – Following the latest IPCC report worrying news, Positive News has put together this list of 14 things you can do to help support positive action for the climate if you’re worried about the future. Read More.

Scottish Green Party announces plan with Government to build a green economic recovery – The Bute House Agreement is a draft policy programme between the Green Party and the Government to address issues including climate emergency, economic recovery from COVID, child poverty and energy over the next five years. Read More.

Big oil’s ‘wokewashing’ is the new climate science denialism – A casual social media user might get the impression the fossil fuel industry views itself as a social justice warrior… By downplaying the urgency of the climate crisis, the industry has new tools to delay efforts to curb fossil fuel emissions. Read More.

Do

Biomimicry, Nature and Design – Biomimicry is an approach in which students learn how to use nature as a source of inspiration to solve design challenges. Join the BioLearn team for a day exploring how biomimicry can enhance sustainability and STEM learning. The BioLearn Festival is family friendly and will take place in Devon on the 3rd October. Read More.

Gaia 20:30 Biodiversity Campaign – This September Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is launching a new campaign encompassing a set of activities targeted at different stakeholders to emphasise the importance of protecting nature. The campaign is led by the LEAF programme, and is open to the entire FEE network. Read More. FEE Website.

UN Climate Change Conference 2021 – COP26 is being held in Glasgow from 31st Oct – 12th Nov 2021. As a member of the public you can register for free-of-charge tickets for the Green Zone through an online platform that will be launched closer to the event. You can also register to volunteer or exhibit at the event, or sign up online to receive the conference newsletter with updates before, during, and after the conference. Read More.

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2021 – Took place from 3rd – 11th September 2021, this congress brings together leaders and decision makers from around the world to discuss the challenges faced and how nature-focussed solutions can be harnessed. Check their website for information, recordings, and reports from the congress. 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.

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

London Schools’ Climate Kick-Start – Applications are now open for our London Schools’ Climate Kick-Start Activity and Green Schools grants. London state secondary schools and education providers are eligible to apply, all other schools and education providers can access free lesson resources online. Read More.

Pebble’s Ripples Community – Is an online community hosted by Pebble Magazine for anyone looking to make a positive impact on the planet. Network with other eco-minded people to make changes in your work or business, your home, your community, or your personal life. Read More.

Ban supertrawlers from Marine Protected areas – Greenpeace have launched a petition asking the Government to protect our oceans by banning supertrawlers from Marine Protected areas. Read More.

See

Jojo Mehta on Ecocide – Watch Jojo Mehta’s (Stop Ecocide International) speech on ecocide recorded by invitation for the Commonwealth Law Conference 2021. Read More.

The Earthshot Prize – The winner of the first ever Earthshot Prize will be unveiled on the 17th October 2021. This innovative new prize finds and rewards solutions to the five ‘Earthshot’ goals: to protect and restore nature, revive our oceans, clean our air, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate. Read More.

Why we need to consider systems change? – Dr Anna Birney, Director at the School of System Change and at Forum for the Future, delivers her keynote speech at Sustainable Earth 2021: Climate Emergency – the race to net zero carbon, on why systems change is so important for our future. Read More.

Learn

Systems Thinking: Learning for Sustainability – This page from Learning for Sustainability offers an overview of systems thinking as a subject in relation to sustainability, as well as key introductory blogs, essays, discussion papers, and courses. Read More.

Systems Thinking for Sustainability – Online free short course provider Future Learn is offering several Systems Thinking for Sustainability short courses. Read More.

Schools Pack: Resources: UN Climate Change Conference 2021 – In the lead up to COP:26 the United Nations has released this schools pack of resources, tools, and activities for teachers aimed at inspiring and nurturing climate leaders in schools. Read More.

State of the World’s Trees Report: Botanic Gardens Conservation International – This report is the culmination of extensive research undertaken over the past five years to understand and identify the real extinction risk of each of the 58,497 species of tree worldwide. Read More.

A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future: David Attenborough – Attenborough’s new autobiography sends a powerful message about the crucial importance of will in tackling the climate crisis and preserving our precious ecosystem for generations to come. Read More.

Leading Change toward Sustainability: A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society: Bob Doppelt – Doppelt’s research, presented in this hugely readable book, demystify the sustainability-change process by providing a theoretical framework and a methodology that managers can use to successfully transform their organisations to embrace sustainable development. Read More.

Climate Resources for School Teachers: British Council: Climate Connection – The Climate Connection is British Council’s response to upcoming COP26, and aims to connect and support a global community in positive action towards climate change. Find school resources as well as other events, programmes, learning and information on their website. Read More.