News and Updates

  • Sound environmental education from the BBC

    Have you been listening to the BBC's Green Originals series?  These 15 excellent brief (15 minute) programmes started in January and will end next week. I thought them well researched (as you’d expect) and full of detail.  Who knew that...

  • Amending the 2002 Education Act

    18 years on, some people's thoughts turn to the revision or replacement of the 2002 Education Act.  This is the act of parliament that still governs all schooling in England and it dates from 5 governments ago (although it has...

  • How huge is the UK's share of historical CO2 emissions?

    In its end of year round-up, UKSCN included the following paragraph: "We are looking to COP26 in Glasgow as an opportunity to shed a light on the UK’s lack of climate ambition.  As a country responsible for a huge share...

  • New words of the year

    The Economist's Johnson column had a new year article on how new words in 2019 reflect the rise of climate-change activism.  Here are a few of my favourites: – Germany –  Heisszeit, “Heat Age” – The Netherlands – laadpaalklever, “charging-post sticker”...

  • The Office for Students passes the buck

    2020 in the HE sector has got off to an hilarious start, but not in a good way. I understand that the ludicrously mis-named, and über useless, Office for Students is expecting the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further...

  • Greta Thunberg gives the BBC permission to pollute

    I see that Greta Thunberg edited the BBC's fading flagship radio news programme, Today, on December 30th.  I didn't tune in as I abandoned listening to Today long before it became fashionable to do so, preferring my own prejudices in...

  • What should young people be learning about climate change?

    I spend time exploring this question in my talk in Birmingham last week.  It is, after all, the question that young people are asking and demanding action on.  More broadly, the question might sensibly be: What should everyone be learning about...

  • From Rachel Carson to Greta Thunberg

    I gave a talk last Saturday to at the University of Birmingham Education Department's postgraduate research conference which had a climate and sustainability theme.  I traced the attempts to have schools take environmental issues seriously in what they taught students,...

  • Is the ice melting still?

    Did you watch the so-called debate on Channel 4 last Thursday or were you doing something you felt more worthwhile: reading a good book, for example, or doing DIY? If you did, were you impressed by the Dutch auction of...

  • Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene?

    I've been reading Donna Haraway's Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.  This was published in 2015 in Environmental Humanities, vol. 6,  pp. 159-165 This is how it begins: "There is no question that anthropogenic processes have had planetary effects, in...