Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Another student strike

    Today, March 15th, sees another demonstration of student concern about the inadequacy of government policy re climate change: Youth Strike 4 Climate Movement [YS4CM]. The organising group is the UK Student Climate Network, working with NUS. Here are the 4...

  • The price of liberty

    Last month, The Economist ran a long feature article on “millennial socialism”. It was mainly about the USA but the Leninist sect now controlling the Labour Party over here were a focus as well. The emphasis was on new (and...

  • Male, pale and stale

    I see that a jobbing duchess has been foolish enough to describe universities as “male, pale and stale”.  This is an easy gibe to make if you don't look carefully into background data, and which busy duchess has time for...

  • Monbiot misses much of the point

    No doubt you read George Monbiot's piece in the Guardian the other week on the school climate strikes.  I was underwhelmed in part, at least, because of its diffuse focus.  But it was the failure to mention curriculum that was...

  • A manifesto for youth climate strikers

    Today's guest blog is by Dr Stephen Martin, WWF Fellow and Policy Advisor to the UK National Commission for UNESCO. George Monbiot (Guardian 20 February) is right to support and celebrate the global movement of young people who have begun a series...

  • My generosity to Drax

    I gave just over £10 to the Drax power station last year so that it could burn wood to generate electricity.  So did you – if you pay tax in the UK.  Of course 'gave' is misleading as I wasn't...

  • Whence cometh the weather?

    Have you been enjoying the balmy weather?  The warmest February ever, we’re told, since recording began. Although we never quite reached the dizzy heights of Aberwystykh's 20 on Monday, or Kew's 21.2 yesterday, it was warm enough and enjoyable.  The...

  • ESD and wider sustainability academics

    The SHED-SHARE mailbase had a message from its co-ordinator the other day.  It said: Greetings SHED-ers Does anyone know if there have been any conversations with AdvanceHE is establishing an ESD Community of Practice?  With push from the community they...

  • The anchor of my purest thoughts

    This is an extract from the Wordsworth poem: Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798 ... For I have learned To look on nature, not as in...

  • Are globalisation and Google on the run?

    Being no fan of Google, I gave a small cheer the other week when France’s data-protection regulator announced that it had found the company's data-collection practices to be in breach of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fined it a modest €50m....