Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

Latest posts

  • More single-use plastic please

    Have you noticed how an urge to abolish single-use plastic has turned into a plea for more of it?  This single use plastic is "good use plastic", of course, as opposed to bad use plastic, because it's PPE – personal...

  • There's a world of a difference between Will and May

    A Times leading article this morning, Poetic Justice, mis-quotes Wordsworth by substituting "will" for "may" in his poem, The Tables Turned. Wordsworth's insight was that “One impulse from a vernal wood / May teach you more of man, / Of...

  • My Teach the Future blog

    I'm feeling moderately pleased with myself in as much as my rather puritan upbringing allows me to be.  The reason?  I've had a post published on the Teach the Future blog.  It's titled, "Are we making progress?" and asks how...

  • Initial reflections on the National Youth Climate Summit

    I went to the summit yesterday c/o zoom.  I didn't see all of it owing to commitments with my grandchildren, and so I'm looking forward to viewing the bits I missed. My main reservation about the event beforehand was with...

  • National Youth Climate Summit

    I'm going to the National Youth Climate Summit today without leaving my desk.  There are obvious carbon and time advantages to having a virtual event, even when it's a necessity because of the Covid-19 lockdown.  It's also a democratising mode...

  • PPE litter grows

    It has only barely been reported, but the levels of PPE litter on the UK's streets seem to have been growing.   Even Untidy Britain is shocked.  You might have thought that the pandemic now engulfing the UK would have dramatically reduced...

  • Inside George Monbiot

    George Monbiot was on Radio 4's Inside Science yesterday afternoon, hoping that COVID-19 will change how we live so that we come to be more in tune with the realities of climate change.  This is from the programme website: "While the...

  • DfE letter deconstructed

    On Monday, I posted the contents of a letter from Michael Gove to a student constituent, Calum McDougall (not his real name), about climate change in the curriculum.  The text was actually written by (or for?) Nick Gibb, the Minister...

  • The DfE explains itself

    Some of the members of UKSCN have been persistent in asking their MPs to get DfE to explain in greater detail just how the English school curriculum is so good (as DfE claims) at helping young people understand climate change...

  • Indicator smog

    The IMF announced last week that there were signs of an economic recovery in China after the coronavirus disruption.  It based this view not on the rigorous collection of economic data on the ground, but on the satellite detection of...