New Publications

  • Climate Change and the Hope Conundrum

    Here's a link to the first part of a new paper by Morgan Phillips, the UK Co-Director of The Glacier Trust which was founded in 2008 to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the upland communities of Nepal.  Part 2 is...

  • Education, Human Rights, Fundamental Freedoms

    Further browsing of UNESCO's Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development  [A. Leicht, J. Heiss and W. J. Byun (ends)] reveals this on p. 225 Monitoring on the basis of the 1974 Recommendation  The Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and...

  • Sustainability and war

    I reckon that anyone interested in sustainability needs to be interested (in that academic, enquiring sense) in war.  After all, war is something humans are quite good at and seem to like.  We have certainly been indulging in it for...

  • UNESCO downgrades geoscience

    I've now had time to read UNESCO's Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development  [A. Leicht, J. Heiss and W. J. Byun (eds)].   Chapter 10, Monitoring ESD: lessons learned and ways forward by Ashley Stepney Lockhart (pps. 215 – 232) stood out for me, particularly...

  • Writing for the UK's UN Association

    Somewhat to my surprise, I found myself contributing an article to the UK United Nation's Association [UNA-UK] publication on the SDGs.  Here's what I sent them: Education as the key to everything In 2015, the United Nations resolved: [1] “…...

  • The World We'll Leave Behind is published

    Slightly ahead of schedule, the Vare & Scott book, The World We'll Leave Behind has published.  We are both pleased with it, whatever others might come to think.  You'll find details here along with a Routledge conversation about it –...

  • More challenges around the SDGs

    The report on the St George's House consultation on the SDGs contains three sets of challenges, and I wrote about the ones to government the other day.  I was somewhat sceptical as to whether anyone would take any notice. But...

  • Ever mindful of the GAP

    I had an email the other day from UNESCO's representative on Earth. This included a couple of policy briefs that have been developed through the Global Action Programme (GAP).  The email said that these were the key messages: As a means...

  • St George's House and the SDGs – the report

    As you know from all those posts about the sustainable development goals late last year, there was a St George's House, Windsor, consultation in December on the SDGs and young people.  St George's said: We already know that a number...

  • How can education help to shape a Steady State culture?

    This is the title of a discussion paper that Susan Brown, from the University of Manchester, has written for Steady State Manchester [SSM]. This is how SSM summarises the paper: Argues that a learning renaissance is required to achieve a Steady State...