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  • Four modern German proverbs

    Depending on your source, German proverbs can feel similar to English ones – or quite different.  See, for example, this – and this.  My favourite in these collections is this: A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs...

  • The first UN-ESD award for the ASE

    No; UN-ESD is not some new desperate acronym invented by UNESCO.  Rather, it's an award to the UK's Association for Science Education for managing to ignore ESD for so long. Whilst some may think that the ASE's long and sustained...

  • Stay at home for decency

    Einstein was a racist we're now told.  So, as well as being less than progressive in his attitudes to family, it seems that Mr E has been caught expressing less than equitable views about people of ethnicities other than his...

  • DEFRA goes postmodern

    Today is the closing date for expressions of interest in a £10m DEFRA scheme to "enable children in England, particularly those from disadvantaged areas, to be close to nature in and out of school in order to support their health...

  • Where now for the environment movement?

    Tom Crompton asks this question in a new essay from the Common Cause Foundation.  You can read it here.  It sets out five key opportunities for creating a step-change in the environmental movement: ways in which it could work more effectively...

  • The wrong sort of wind

    It's Monday afternoon and a more than gentle north-easterly breeze is rustling the leaves on the trees.  Ideal wind energy generating conditions, you might think.  But no.  The proportion of the UK's electricity coming from wind at this minute is...

  • Will Merkel be Trumped?

    Could it be that the USA will do better than Germany when it comes to meeting obligations arising from the Paris Agreement, despite the US's repudiation of the deal and all that Germanic enthusiasm between the Elbe and Rhine? I...

  • Friends of the Earth, the NUS and dog kicking

    I see that NUS is working with Friends of the Earth [FoE] on a behaviour change project to "incentivise vegetarian meal choices by students".  This will provide a veggie loyalty card which offers students a free meal once they’ve purchased 6 plant-based...

  • Collaborations for change

    EAUC, aka Future Imperfect, has a conference coming up on 'Collaborations for change – global goals for tomorrow's education, today'.  The conference theme, we're told, "recognises the critical role academics, researchers, students, sustainability leaders and support staff in universities and colleges...

  • Lack of Progress 8

    The government's key measure of school worth, Progress 8, is under fire from headteachers who say that it discriminates against  secondary schools in traditional English working-class areas where there is usually both economic deprivation and a low proportion of pupils speaking English...