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  • Is there harmony about Harmony?

    There was a webinar last night: Teach the Future meets the Harmony Project.   The event was supposed to be looking at systems change in education, asking what an ideal education system looks like and how we can get there, but it...

  • Ofsted Head commandeers attention

    The Head of Ofsted launched the organisation's annual report on Tuesday.  You can read what she said here (it's not long), and read the actual report here  (very much longer).  There was a report in the Guardian.  Understandably, most people saw...

  • Tbilisi 1977

    2017 saw the 40th anniversary of the Tbilisi conference and associated declaration which offered environmental educators everywhere such hope and promise for the future.  Now that the future is here, it's clear that the promise is unfulfilled. The Tbilisi Declaration...

  • Othering Mushrooms – a new look at risotto

    I'm pleased to be able to thank Dr Lenka Vráblíková for explaining about the role of white heteropatriarchy in recent socio-political phenomena.  It's taken a great weight off my mind and swept a legion of scales from my eyes. Vráblíková...

  • The naming of birds

    As Monday's NAEE news round-up reported, there's a new craze sweeping the woker – or should that be wokier? * – parts of North America.  This is to rename birds.  As a blog on audubon.org (essential reading) notes: "North America's most...

  • Our missing book Chapter

    In our new book –Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas – that was published last week, Paul Vare and I wrote about Virgil's Georgics which were written between 37 and 29 BCE.  The Georgics outward theme is farming and rural...

  • Re-Wilding "nature"

    Like a lot of people, I sense, I'm wary of the re-wilding movement.  This is, I think, because of its pious motivations rather than some of the possible outcomes.  There is a playing God side to it all and a...

  • An Insouciance of Dexters

    Walking along the Wansdyke last week we came across about 15 Dexters – the smallest of our native cattle breeds.   These are handsome beasts that the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust finds useful in grazing downland to encourage wild flowers to...

  • Mink Rights

    I hear that activist lawyers in Brussels are acting for for Mink Rights groups to help them prevent Danish plans to exterminate all the 17 million mink (currently in 1100 farms across the country).  The cull is deemed necessary by...

  • ESDG, Greta, and missing young ecologists

    Let's bless the UN for gifting us a new acronym to enjoy in these dark and desperate times.  This is ESDG.  Yes, you've guessed it: education for the sustainable development goals.  You'll find the glorious details here.  Of course you're...