Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Putting plastics in perspective

    My local town has gone all anti-plastic.  The mayor had a Damascene moment and discovered all the embodied evil in the stuff and she's vowed to make plastic history.  Good luck I thought.  Like a lot of people, I suspect, I manage...

  • February Afternoon

    To mark World Poetry Day, here's Edward Thomas's February Afternoon   Men heard this roar of parleying starlings, saw, A thousand years ago even as now, Black rooks with white gulls following the plough So that the first are last until...

  • 60 years on

    It’s now nearly 60 years since I started at secondary school and it would have been impossible, then, to describe the world we now live in.  I find it just as impossible to anticipate what the world will be like...

  • My week

    It began badly with a trip on Last Great Western's new trainset.  I was not impressed.  I travelled from Bath to Bristol; by Keynsham, my bum ached and by Temple Meads, so did my back.  LGW has taken a cheap...

  • JEE at 50

    The Journal of Environmental Education is almost 50 years old, and its history is the history of environmental education more broadly.  It's now looking for a new editor. For almost 30 years, until Environmental Education Research came along in 1995 to...

  • Writing for the UK's UN Association

    Somewhat to my surprise, I found myself contributing an article to the UK United Nation's Association [UNA-UK] publication on the SDGs.  Here's what I sent them: Education as the key to everything In 2015, the United Nations resolved: [1] “…...

  • Listening to the book launch

    If you missed the launch of The World We'll leave Behind the other week, never fear, as you can catch up with it here c/o Bath's panopto recording of its seminars. Sadly, you'll just have to visualise the powerpoint, especially...

  • Oxfam Mon Amour

    Here's the letter that Oxfam's Paul Langley [Head of Public Engagement & Education] sent to all the teachers on its maillist: Dear [INSERT NAME] / Colleague You will have seen the devastating reports about Oxfam.  It has been extremely distressing for...

  • Morgan Phillips on the SDGs

    I wrote the other day about the witness statement I've given to a session on the SDGs at Atlantic College later this month, and this prompted a reasoned response from Morgan Phillips.  Rather than leave this buried as a footnote,...

  • Green fiction

    Green Stories is a writing competition about what a sustainable society might be like.  Further details are here, and I was immediately tempted to nominate John Huckle's Bedford 2045 which I mentioned the other day.  Surely there are no better examples around, I thought, but then...