Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Cui Bono?

    Today's Guardian has a story about a report on the Fairtrade Foundation which compares its effectiveness unfavourably with multinationals (Nestlé, etc) when it comes to helping developing world coffee farmers.  This is an IEA report which seems to say, amongst...

  • Climate Change Politics

    I have been reading Richard D North's blog – once again – having been absent from it for an inexplicably long while.  Whilst it is wide-ranging, it seems to me to be particularly helpful on the politics of climate change....

  • A Good Move for the DfE's Sustainable Development Unit?

    Perhaps I am the last person to become aware of this, but it strikes me as a positive move that the DfE Sustainable Development Unit has been moved within the DfE's Policy Impact Division with an objective to mainstream sustainability...

  • Daphne and Belinda at the BBC

    The BBC's Points West had what was billed as a good conservation story last night, and Daphne and Belinda were in the studio to tell us all about it.  Belinda was an otter and Daphne was its "owner", or so...

  • The TES gets it Badly Wrong

    I have just caught up with a recent story in the Times Education Supplement under the headline: "Climate change strategy falls victim to Tories' anti-centralising drive".  To my bemusement, this turned out to be the Sustainable Schools Initiative.   To...

  • No Pressure; No Problemo

    I have been away – two luxurious weeks with little thought of ESD.  I come back to discover that I've missed a mini-drama.  It seems that those well-meaning folk at the 10:10 movement thought it would be a good idea...

  • If you want to cut your printing costs ...

    … use Century Gothic, the thinnest font around.  10% ink savings guaranteed, it seems, though using fewer and shorter words might do the same thing.

  • Meanwhile, something in Parliament stirs ...

    The Environmental Audit Committee, chaired by Joan Walley MP, has launched an inquiry into how sustainable development can be further embedded in Government policy decision-making and operations.  As part of its inquiry, the Committee will examine latest sustainable development performance...

  • Mappiness, mappiness; the greatest gift ...

    When I saw this in the latest SDRN mailing, I thought researchers have discovered what many already know: happiness through looking at, and using, maps.  Not so.  Read on, especially you iPhoners: Researchers at the London School of Economics have...

  • Recognising Plants – and their Rights

    A good conversation with a colleague yesterday about evaluation and learning, especially about plants.  Is it really enough if young people can recognise a few plants – and colour in their copybooks correctly?  Shouldn't we be seeking something more sophisticated...