New Publications

  • Two hours max for wellbeing

    Research by the universities of Exeter and Uppsala, published in Scientific Reports, found that people who spend at least 2 hours a week in natural settings such as town parks, woodlands, country parks and beaches are more likely to report good health...

  • Powerful geographical knowledge

    I've been reading John Huckle's recent paper – that is, his latest re-write of his perennial plea for more critical realism in geography teaching and life more generally.  The latest iteration of the paper will be familiar to those of...

  • Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework

    Despite what I said the other day, I've been reading Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework and a riveting read it is.  You might be surprised to hear that the words environment/environmental occur in it as many as 24 times; but you'll...

  • An everyday story of coerced proletarianisation

    There was an (inadvertently) entertaining article in the Guardian the other week from a woke bloke in a UK university complaining about how poverty stats are manipulated and misinterpreted.  There were lots of sloping graphs to grab our attention but...

  • The lifecycle of a supermarket bag policy

    I wrote recently about the dismal failure of the much-vaunted plastic bag policy that the government forced on supermarkets, noting research which showed that people were using so-called bags for life in much the same way as the thinner alternatives...

  • A LOVE SONG TO THE EARTH: The McCartney’s in Chorus

    This is a new year guest post from Stephen Martin.  It was sent as a letter to the People's Guardian which inexplicably declined it.  I'm happy to make up for this lack of insight.  Here it is: In just 15...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Who cares about planetary biodiversity?

    What follows is a guest posting from Professor Stephen Martin Yet another dire warning about the alarming loss of planetary biodiversity (Guardian 3 November: Two years to make a deal for nature or we face extinction).  Once again this highlights...