I went to a seminar on Cross-Generational Understandings of Environment and Climate Change: public attitudes, education and international experience at Pembroke College, Cambridge, the other week. It was good to be back in the Fens, even if the fast train from Tottenham Hale did rather hurl you about.
After a welcome from the Master of Pembroke, Lord Smith (who told a good joke but went on far too long), and an introduction from David Whitley, there were presentations on
- Public Attitudes: Are people disconnected from their environment? – Richard Irvine
- Education: Powerful knowledge about climate change from the bottom up – Elsa Lee
- International experience: Thinking comparatively about creative flexibility in the face of unexpected changes – Barbara Bodenhorn
- Broad Perspectives on Environmental Education – Jonathan Woolley
This was an engaging morning from a team of people doing some of the most interesting work with young people that I've seen in a while. It was a good audience too: wide-ranging (academic and professional), knowledgeable, articulate. You can read about it here. The only off note was some woman who did an earnest sales job for Earth Education. Such a pity in every sense.