Talks and Presentations

  • Reflections on Activism in Education

    As I noted before Christmas, a recent workshop on activism which I listened to was disappointing.  It might have begun by exploring what activism entails (what it is and isn’t) as a prelude to the discussion, but it didn't, and...

  • Net zero challenges and opportunities for education

    Late last year, I moderated a panel discussion in an on-line workshop organised by NAAEE /GEEP. Net zero challenges and opportunities for education.  How can climate change education help achieve global net zero goals and work towards a just transition to...

  • Writing Net Zero History

    The idea of net zero was brought into mainstream thinking following the Paris Agreement in 2015, but the idea was developed in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report in 2013 which stated that limiting global temperature change means limiting the cumulative...

  • Activism in Schools

    Last evening, I took part in an event organised by the Ministry of Eco Ed on activism in schools / education. It set out to explore these 'key questions': What do we mean by activism? What examples have you seen...

  • CO2 + t = nz

    The blurb for the on-line workshop on Net Zero that I'll be contributing to next week says: "Climate change education plays a critical role in driving action and solutions needed to achieve net zero emissions globally.  In this workshop, join...

  • Let's help the poor, not punish them

    A recent Guardian article argues for carbon taxes that target those who can afford to play.  It quotes IEA data that provides energy-related CO2 emissions per person in 2021.  It says: "In rich countries, the richest 10% of people have carbon...

  • Buzzing about net zero

    I'm taking part in a workshop on net zero and education in a couple if weeks.  It's title is: What’s the buzz about net zero?  It's being organised by NAAEE and GEEP.  I'm chairing a panel and am expected to...

  • I see! Chemistry at its best

    I recently watched an informative and enjoyable I-SEE webinar.  The title was: Net Zero and Zero Emissions and it was given by Professor Bill David FRS, from Oxford.  He has a particular interest in "clean, green ammonia". It was chemistry...

  • Critical Thinking and Climate Change Solutions

    Alison Anderson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Plymouth has written an article for the Academy of Social Sciences on How the education system can help to fight the climate crisis. The article begins: We are living in a...

  • Climate change and education: when the future becomes the present

    The other day I attended part of a Bath seminar – Climate change and education: when the future becomes the present – given by Camilo Ruiz who's an Associate Professor in the Science Education Department at Salamanca University.  He serves...