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  • If every child went to school ...

    The Economist says that many children's lives would be better if they went to school even if they didn't learn anything. This is how their recent feature article begins: "AS YOU WALK from classroom to classroom at Tibba Khara school on...

  • VW blues

    I thought my trusty electric car – a VW eUp! – had a serious problem the other week when it would not charge, and I didn’t have enough in the battery to get it to a VW dealer – an...

  • What a load of rubbish

    This was the title of an Economist special report on waste which was published about 6 weeks ago and which I've been meaning to write about ever since.  If you want your students to have access to up-to-date info about...

  • Stamp for Brexit

    The other day, a kind sympathiser sent me pics of a set of UK Brexit stamps (all with a forged Queen’s head) that are entertaining the internet. There’s – a sculpture of a bloke with his head in his hands...

  • Maintenant, aprés le climb-down?

    Are the gilets jaunes protests in France anti-environmental, as some are claiming, or are they mostly a cri de coeur about the disdain with which other people are regarded by metropolitan and cultural elites?   In other words, are they...

  • Farewell Erik Solheim; how you'll be missed by the airlines

    I see from The Nation (essential reading) that Erik Solheim has resigned as executive director of UNEP.  What a great loss. Solheim commented: "On Saturday, I received the final report on the audit of official travel undertaken by the UN’s...

  • LEEFing

    I went to my first meeting of LEEF last week.  If I lived in London I’d be there all the time.  The meeting was to launch the King’s College research reports and I’d been invited to say a few words....

  • The ways of the world

    1 – Lord King, the retired Bank of England governor has taught at New York University for the past few years.  I read that he was recently required to complete a questionnaire by the university's identity/diversity bureaucracy/polizei.  One item asked about...

  • CEE in 1993

    In 1993, the UK's Council for Environmental Education (CEE) celebrated its 25th birthday, and its annual report (which I have in front of me) had the message "Building on 25 years' experience".  Happy days. CEE would have been 50 years old...

  • How can we take environmental education seriously?

    This is a follow-up to my post last week about the King's research and the seeming impossibility of expecting government to take environmental education seriously. If we cannot trust government to do the decent thing, what can we do?  Trust...