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Welcome to the April edition of the SEEd e-newsletter. Here, you will find news on sustainable development in the Education sector and sustainable schools, ESD, environment news, sustainability news, jobs, funding and any upcoming events, courses or consultations.

The problem with nature…
 
In 1976 the Welsh author and academic Raymond Williams suggested that nature might be the most complex word in the English language. Accompanying the term comes with a spectrum of variables and unanswered questions. Are we part of nature? Is urbanization natural? What constitutes a natural environment? Where can these be found today? What exactly should we be doing in nature?… Arguably, the term is even more subjective in contemporary society, which can leave us a bit baffled on how to confront the widespread epidemic, if you like, of Nature Deficit Disorder.

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Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News

  • SEEd’s AGM – We are pleased to announce that this year’s AGM will take place on the 15th October at Pennthorpe School in West Sussex so make sure to add it to your diaries! Read more →
  • SEEd’s Policy Forum – On the 29th June, SEEd are hosting an event which will explore ‘young changemakers at work on the Sustainable Development Goals’. Read more →
  • Food Connections Festival Blog – See our picks from this year’s Food Connections Festival, taking place over nine days from April 29th right up until May 7th. Read more →


SEEd Member News

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  • The Crystal – Our friends over at the Crystal are set to host fantastic creepy crawly May bank holiday weekend extravaganza. The event is open to the public, and provides a great excuse to visit one of the world’s most sustainable buildings in the heart of London. Read more →
  • EarthWatch – Earthwatch and the Royal Geographical Society are coming together to debate “Does nature come with a price tag?”… Have an opinion? Come along and let it be heard amongst some truly inspirational speakers on May 5th. Read more →
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust – Join the Galapagos Conservation Trust for a summers evening in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Bridgewater House in Mayfair, London. The event will be held on 30th June, so why not combine decadence and sustainability in one fabulous evening? Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Cutting food and carbon waste-lines for healthy climate – Reducing food waste and changing the way people consume calories will help deliver a sustainable food system and reduce emissions, a study suggests. Read more →
  • Counting penguins in the classroom - British scientists who have set up a network of penguin monitoring cameras throughout Antarctica are asking the public to help them carry out their research. Read more →
  • Children as young as six ‘stressed’ about exams and tests - The mental health of children as young as six is being blighted by exam stress, education staff have told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Read more →
  • Why the Green Party’s new political broadcast is a work of genius – Judith Woods explores the impact of the Green Party’s spoof political broadcast. Read more →
  • Gibraltar ends annual balloon release on environmental grounds- British overseas territory stops 24-year national day tradition because of threat to marine life. Read more →
  • Open fires and pointy sticks: The rise of Scandi-style nurseries in the UK – Are we finally embracing outdoor education in early years classrooms and revolting against strict health and safety in order to provide children an education in nature first and foremost. Read more →
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • I Love My World, Chris Holland – This book has been written for teachers, forest school leaders, parents, outdoor educators, play rangers, Uncles, Aunties, Grannies and Granddads – in fact, anyone with a love of the outdoors who enjoys sharing it with others.  It puts children in touch with the natural world and opens their ears hearts and minds to the countryside. It is full of fun and imaginative practical ideas concerning engaging children with the environment and the part we must all play in protecting it. Read more →
  • Not Your Typical Book About The Environment, Elin Kelsey – Amongst the myriad of children’s books available that tend to be a tad on the pessimistic side, comes this interesting and humorous offering by Erin Casey. It uses engaging diagrams to make sustainability easily understandable and teaches us about the best ways to deal with the environment by pointing out our connections with it. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable School Stories


If you would like to promote your schools environmental and sustainability work, feel free to contact us.
  • Whiteabbey Primary School, Northern Ireland – Two groups of inspirational teachers from Whiteabbey Primary School are going the extra mile (quite literally) and running the marathon for StandByMe Charity. They hope to raise enough to fund two teacher salaries for a year in Ethiopia, in order to allow the children to escape poverty, rise above their circumstances and help change their communities. Read more →


Events

  • Klaudia Van Gool: Active Hope, The Work That Reconnects – Klaudia van Gool and Mel Lamb join to offering an experiential programme of group work, self exploration, deep nature connection and ceremony hosted high up in Dartmoor moors. The course is open to anyone interested in environmental and sustainability issues. Read more →
  • Trill Farm: Eco Home Building and Renovation – Trill Farm in West Dorset offer a myriad of interesting environmental and sustainability courses. From Monday 9th May to Thursday 12th May join Rebecca Sarll and Jason Hawkes in a four-day course in Building affordable low impact homes! Read more →
  • Centre for Alternative Technology: A “Zero Carbon World” is Possible – CAT is offering courses for teachers that schools can access funding for through the Global Learning Programme. The date can be negotiated, and there are full day and half-day courses available. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Bee Walk – Calling all bee lovers local to Tonbridge Castle! Take park in this interactive walk on May 21st, led by local naturalist Anthony Bales to learn more about the lives of bees! Read more →
  • Going Backwards on Climate Change – On May the 8th join Campaign Against Climate Change in a backwards march as a resistance against political backtracking on environmental issues. The event will take place in Whitehall, London but there are ways to get involved if you don’t find yourself in the capital city that weekend. Read more →
  • Trill Farm: Supper and Conversation “Education, does it still happen?” – Enjoy a talk and lively discussion with Ian McGilchrist followed by a fabulous three course supper! Read more →
  • National Children’s Day - National Children's Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults. Read more →
 

Jobs

  • Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Lambeth London: Director (Closing Date 29th April 2016) – Small charity, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses are currently looking for a dynamic and committed Director to oversee the next stage of their development. The successful applicant will oversee the improvement of the organisation’s long-term sustainability and lead an ambitious capital project to build a new Education Centre on the site. Read more →
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust: Education Team Manager (Closing Date 29th April 2016) – The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are seeking an Education Team Manager to cover a fixed term of 12 months maternity leave. The post holder will lead a team of people who deliver the Trust’s work in engaging children, families and young people in sustainability. Read more →
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Tobermory Isle of Mull: Science Officer (Closing Date 29th April 2016) – Heberidean Whale and Dolphin Trust are looking to appoint a Science officer to lead the trust’s small dynamic research team and oversee the development of a new mobile app in order to allow members of the community to collect and report cetacean sightings data on the west coast of Scotland. Read more →
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