New Publications

  • New ESD Action Plan

    Scotland's Action Plan for the second half of the UN's Decade is available here.  More comment when I've read it.

  • Calculating the Cost of your Curry

    A cautionary tale from today's SDRN Update: A new carbon footprinting tool, developed by researchers at the University of Manchester, suggests that lamb curry ready-made meals eaten in the UK amount to an annual carbon footprint equivalent to 5,500 car...

  • Evidence of impact of sustainable schools

    DCSF has recently published evidence of impact of sustainable schools that CREE has produced.  This sets out the educational and social benefits to young people of learning in a sustainable school. Written for school leadership teams, under five themes, it sets out 15 top tips based on...

  • Environmental Learning

    It was good to attend the launch of the new book by Mark Rickinson, Cecilia Lundholm and Nick Hopwood – and to be asked to say a few words.  What a pleasure: such an interesting book, and so beautifully written....

  • It not only seems ok to eat Kenyan green beans, it seems right

    Welcome news from Oxfam, whose new publication, Fair Miles: recharting the food miles map, explores the dilemma of whether it is ethically sound to eat fresh food shipped (air-freighted, more like) in from distant places.  Many a glass of new...

  • Children's (and other) Statements on Climate Change

    On 26 November, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families received the Children's Statement on Climate Change from children at St Luke's primary school in Newham and promised to send it to UK delegates at the UN Climate Change...

  • The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy

    A review in THE this week of the Handbook of Sustainability Literacy –  the sort of review that authors might have thought of penning themselves had they been optimistic enough about how their achievements might be received (I had one of...

  • The Journal of Unpublishable Papers

    In this week's Economist, there's a heart-warming story of a successful journal start up.  Rejecta Mathematica is a "real open access online journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences".  As the Economist...

  • Judging the Effectiveness of a Sustainable School

    This essay explores a central question for all those involved in education and sustainability (ESD): What are you really most interested in: educational or social outcomes—what learners learn, or what they do? Although this is hardly a new question, the paper argues that...

  • Learning for Sustainability from the pupils’ perspective

    The recent publication from WWF: Learning for Sustainability from the pupils’ perspective reports on Chris Gayford's 3-year research with 15 schools, and raises significant issues about the skills that young people might develop and sets out ideas on the progression of...