Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Rachel Carson: a child's world

    Now and then, I come across fragments of text which resonate.  Maybe it's the thought of my grandchildren that provokes this: A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that...

  • Lost Graduate Found

    Now that Saif al-Islam has been found skulking in the desert, maybe the LSE will be able to get its PhD back.  Celebrations all round.

  • The Isle of ... Green

    The Economist carries a short piece this week on well-connected efforts to make the Isle of Wight self-sufficient in just about everything: the Isle of Green.  However, as an irregular traveller on the Red Jet service from Southampton to Cowes,...

  • 20 questions in the woods

    A good day at the Hampshire Collegiate School on Friday, opening their splendid new learning outside the classroom facilities.  What a wonderful setting for the addition of a building that is not only nicely designed and constructed (by their own...

  • Philip Neal

    It's with sadness that I note the death of Philip Neal last Tuesday night; November 15th.  Anyone who knows anything about the development of environmental education in the UK will understand the contribution that Philip made over many years, and in...

  • Video contrasts

    I watched two videos yesterday.  The first was the latest communications output from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; the second a promotional video from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in anticipation of its 50th year celebrations in 2012.  Regular readers will know...

  • Listening to Architects

    I had the rare privilege on Friday of listening to UK and US architects talking together about school design with sustainability in mind – not that the US folk talk about sustainability or carbon reduction all that much, not when...

  • The Cat in the Mach

    With apologies to Dr Seuss who probably never went to either Machynlleth (Mach) or the Centre for Alternative Technology (the Cat) even when its technology was actually alternative as opposed to pretty mainstream. I enjoyed my visit to the Cat...

  • The Welsh Marches

    It took six and a half hours to reach Machynlleth and the CAT, and part of this journey was through a gloriously autumnal landscape from Y Fenni to beyond Ludlow where Caer Caradoc slipped into the darkness.  This is the...

  • Visiting the CAT

    At long last, I am about to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth – I town I can pronounce (sort of), but not yet spell.  As you know, CAT is ... concerned with the search for globally sustainable,...