I wrote recently about when there might have been a golden age [*] for environmental education in the UK, and in that post I did not come to any conclusion. When I spoke at the LEEF event a few days afterwards I did suggest that – taking the idea of a golden age seriously – it would have been from about 1965 to 1979.
There was a gasp (albeit a small one) when I said this. In part I think that this was because quite a few in the room weren't alive then, and in part it was because few there knew anything about this period. Having done quite a bit of writing on this question recently (not for the blog), I am more than ever convinced that it all went downhill after that point; slowly at first and then more speedily. Only recently has there been something of a climb-back and the SDGs might help that recovery along. This is a positive feature given the competition from global learning and ESD.
The second of these is clearly a busted flush, and the first is now limping around c/o the British Council. Maybe another golden age beckons. Maybe.
[*] I feel as if I should offer an alternative metaphor; rather than golden age perhaps high water mark is more apt, given climate change.
Happy Christmas. Back in 2019.