News and Updates

  • Bloody January again

    Thanks to the latest NAEE news round-up for alerting me to George Ellis (1753–1815).  He was a specialist on medieval literature, but (in 1778) wrote The Twelve Months under the pseudonym Sir Gregory Gander.  Here they are broken into seasons: Snowy, Flowy,...

  • Heroin, methadone and plastic bags

    It’s now clear that the English plastic bag tax has been a failure with many shoppers turning supposed bags for life into single-use items. The data, which come from the Environmental Investigation Agency, an international campaign group, are stark. Households...

  • Did Greta fly to Poland?

    This is the text of the punchy telling off that 15 year-old Greta Thunberg addressed to COP24 just before Christmas.  How the delegates loved it and a career beckons – the new Al Gore maybe. If this sounds just too...

  • Ministers taken to task over SDG inaction

    The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee had an enquiry recently about Goal 2.  They took evidence from Kath Delmany, Chief Executive, Sustain, on behalf of End Hunger UK Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive, FareShare Anna Taylor, Executive Director, The Food...

  • Seeing the New Year in with Mrs M

    I split new year between Germany and the Netherlands and it was a noisy, messy affair.  I read (somewhere or other) that the end of the year is a violent time in Germany, when fireworks are aimed at people, buildings,...

  • Requiem for a golden age

    I wrote recently about when there might have been a golden age [*] for environmental education in the UK, and in that post I did not come to any conclusion.  When I spoke at the LEEF event a few days afterwards...

  • Report from Poland's Coal-face

    Today's post is a guest blog by David Oldroyd who has lived in Poland for many years and who writes a regular Letter from Poland.  The third December 18 letter concerns the Polish backdrop to COP24.  Here it is: From...

  • There's no fun fun fun at po-faced SOAS

    The Times reports that Konstantin Kisin turned down his invitation to speak at SOAS after he was sent a behavioural agreement form by the students organising the event, Unicef on Campus.  The form asked him to accept the group’s no tolerance...

  • If every child went to school ...

    The Economist says that many children's lives would be better if they went to school even if they didn't learn anything. This is how their recent feature article begins: "AS YOU WALK from classroom to classroom at Tibba Khara school on...

  • VW blues

    I thought my trusty electric car – a VW eUp! – had a serious problem the other week when it would not charge, and I didn’t have enough in the battery to get it to a VW dealer – an...