News and Updates

  • Dieter Helm in Bath

    Net zero - what it really means This is the title of Dieter Helm's I-SEE talk tomorrow: November 21st.   Helm is the Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford and Professor of Economic Policy at the University.  He is...

  • A televised election debate on climate and nature

    I signed this letter yesterday even though I've given up on the idea of keeping global heating down to +1.5 degrees, and I usually find TV debates pretty useless forums for getting anywhere.  They are great for posturing though.  I'm...

  • Studies in Italian school system anarchy Part 437

    I see (thanks to the weekly round-up from NAEE) that Reuters is reporting that from next September, Italy will make it compulsory for schoolchildren to study climate change and sustainable development. It is easy to scoff at such command and control statements,...

  • Pursue your dreams: they're free at the point of use

    Here's the education policy for the next Labour government as set out yesterday  – provided, of course, that they get elected.   It's likely to be sending a shiver down many a Vice Chancellor's spine. "Many people will know that...

  • Petition less in Parliament

    I had this email on Tuesday morning.   Dear William Scott, You recently signed the petition: A review into how the education system prepares students for the climate crisis petition.parliament.uk/petitions/276983 Because of the General Election, the closing date for the petition you...

  • The Eco-Schools coded message to No. 10

    I wrote the other day about how Eco-Schools UK seems to have lost its way given that their work has no focus on the climate issues that are so consuming young people's thoughts and concerns. Further evidence presented itself when...

  • Keep that ESD jigsaw in the cupboard

    The recent SEEd Newsletter asks: Isn’t it time we attempted to bring together the hundreds of organisations and individuals with commons cause, who are doing work around ESD or global citizenship within a common narrative?  Where do we all fit...

  • Is it yellow rattle, yellow archangel, or ...?

    These days I can tell the difference between yellow rattle and yellow archangel – and between ribbed melilot and weld – but I couldn't when I was at school.  I can do this now because I'm interested in what these flowers...

  • Is there a tide running?

    I can't be the only person to have noticed that there is a sudden coming together of four complementary and mutually-supportive forces in relation to the curriculum and the crises in climate and ecology.  These are: Teach the Future Harwood...

  • Angling for attention

    Flush from its great triumph in banning the hunting of foxes and stags without actually stopping fox and stag hunting, I see that Labour party activists have turned their attention to saving the grouse by banning shooting, as the Times...