Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Is the ice melting still?

    Did you watch the so-called debate on Channel 4 last Thursday or were you doing something you felt more worthwhile: reading a good book, for example, or doing DIY? If you did, were you impressed by the Dutch auction of...

  • Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene?

    I've been reading Donna Haraway's Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.  This was published in 2015 in Environmental Humanities, vol. 6,  pp. 159-165 This is how it begins: "There is no question that anthropogenic processes have had planetary effects, in...

  • The kindness of strangers

    As you'll be aware, the UN left Greta Thunberg stranded in Los Angeles and in a bit of a pickle as she noted in a recent tweet: "As #COP25 has officially been moved from Santiago to Madrid I’ll need some...

  • The human right to the wrong sort of education

    I see the Labour Party manifesto (required reading) has backed away from a proposal to ban independent schools, confiscate all their assets, and share their expertise round the system.  The manifesto does say that a Social Justice Commission  would "advise ministers...

  • Let's end the misery of GCSE

    I have long thought that there is little chance of a serious focus in secondary schools on environmental / climate issues that we all know need to be tackled whilst schools are so exam-focused in years 9 to 11.  ...

  • Dieter Helm in Bath

    Net zero - what it really means This is the title of Dieter Helm's I-SEE talk tomorrow: November 21st.   Helm is the Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford and Professor of Economic Policy at the University.  He is...

  • A televised election debate on climate and nature

    I signed this letter yesterday even though I've given up on the idea of keeping global heating down to +1.5 degrees, and I usually find TV debates pretty useless forums for getting anywhere.  They are great for posturing though.  I'm...