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  • The Feast of St Brigit

    Brigit (pronounced breed) was goddess of the ancient British Kingdom of Brigantia.  She regenerates the forces of nature at the end of each winter.   Today, February 2nd, is Imbolc (pronounced emolc) which is half way between the Winter Solstice and...

  • Peace, Justice and Scarlett Westbrook

    You'll have heard of 16 year old Scarlett Westbrook, I guess.  If you haven't then you're really not keeping up!  She is head of political engagement at Teach the Future and a key figure in the UK Student Climate Network,...

  • The problem of ESD Groupthink

    The reason the QAA's latest ESD Guidance is such an egregious irrelevance must have something to do with the narrow range of people whom it choses to be advised by.  Here are the job titles of the university-based members of...

  • Learning about the climate: the Earth

    I gave a talk the other day to an attentive and appreciative group of PGCE geography students.  I did this from home, of course, using a rather slick platform that I never quite learned the name of. Although the talk...

  • ESD in HE – QAA has another go

    Heaven help me but I've been reading the latest attempt by the QAA and its friends to get academics to take ESD seriously.  You'll find it here, and there's a 10 question survey to give your feedback.  Good luck.  The survey begins...

  • 25 years of Environmental Education Research

    In what will be my last piece of writing for Environmental Education Research I have just written an editorial which was published on-line yesterday.  You can access it here. Titled, 25 years on: looking back at environmental education research, it is...

  • Good grief – What a title!

    I don't know how many times the Duke of Edinburgh has commented on environmental education, but he has been very interested in environmental matters for over 60 years both in the UK and world-wide, for example through his presidency of...

  • December 21st – a Happier New Year

    It's the winter solstice today – at 1002 in Greenwich.  This is the day I look forward to more and more as I get older; the day when the world begins its new year even if we humans are forced...

  • Vaccination, GMOs and the EU

    Some of the most promising anti-Covid vaccines under development Covid-19 use a form of genetic modification.  For example, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is based on a virus that infects chimpanzees where some of its genetic instructions have been altered.  But hang on,...

  • When the wind fails to blow

    Pity National Grid managers the other week when the country was blanketed by thick cloud and the wind was barely above a breath.  At 0830 coal was already being burnt in power stations to keep the lights on and trains...