Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • NUS presidents I have known

    I see that NUS has a new president-elect.  She's Larissa Kennedy and she has been welcomed by the MSM with the usual hostility.  The key question for me is whether she will be as assiduous in supporting sustainability as the last...

  • Anxiety in Schools (Environmental Concerns) bill

    A backbench MP has proposed an Anxiety in Schools (Environmental Concerns) bill which includes guidance for schools on how to reduce their students' anxiety about the environment.  This is in response to surveys (and anecdotal evidence) which indicate that, to one...

  • Hanami anyone?

    Whether you can really appreciate a Japanese cultural phenomenon outside Japan is a moot point, but in these dark days, why not have a try. Hanami involves losing yourself in the beauty of cherry blossom.  In Japan, as the Times noted...

  • Will it be a fair COP?

    I've learned (it was hardly a secret) that a decision to postpone COP 26 (or not) will be decided not by our many governments, the Lord Mayor of Glasgow, or the brigadier responsible of coming to the aid of civil...

  • Semington A update

    It's almost nine years since Semington A burst into life exporting solar power to the national grid as part of the UK's renewables revolution.  Last week saw the third best generating week on record, despite the low arc of the...

  • The EU is stuck in traffic

    The EU's much vaunted Green Deal which was recently rubbished by Greta Thunberg, is a €100bn "just transition mechanism" to help countries that are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels and carbon-intensive processes to move to renewable energy sources.  It...

  • COP out?

    Whose bright idea was it to offer to host (actually co-host with the Italians) COP 26 in the UK?  I suppose we were currying favour with the UN and all those NGOs who insist on being in on the detailed negotiations...

  • Send in the OECD

    I see that the Scottish government has finally responded to widespread criticism and called in experts (the OECD) to sort out Curriculum for Excellence.  This is the equivalent of calling in the IMF to sort out your economy.  It's humiliating,...

  • Klimagrundsatzentscheidungangst

    What did the EU's many Presidents expect when they invited Greta Thunberg to Brussels to give a talk at the Commission?  On the face of it, they were looking for some praise for their new green deal.  How disappointed they...

  • So, are we making progress?

    If you wanted to take a glass half-full view of how young people are being prepared for the challenges of climate change and the ecological crisis, I think you might make these points: The Greta Thunberg-inspired, monthly student Friday strikes...