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Welcome to the August 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.

Successful Sustainable Development Education needs change of mindset
 
I came across this headline in the national paper of Malta where my mother lives and thought - when might we get a headline like this in the UK? Seems like a far off dream!
 
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150823/environment/successful-sustainable-development-education-needs-change-of-mindsets.581624
 
OK, so it might be an EU junket, and having been at a workshop at the World Environmental Education Congress in Marrakech a couple of years ago I know it is not all rosy there. The presenter was an academic from the University of Malta and his take on politicians and the conversations he has had was hilarious! It made me think we need this humour more often - even just to cope! Read more →

Ann Finlayson
CEO, SEEd
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Facilitation Course – We are pleased to announce that we will be running the SEEd Facilitation for Learning for Sustainability in the fantastic location of The Earth Trust in Oxfordshire. This four-day course will focus on the impact of transformational learning and change through group processes for sustainability.(Part 1) 30th Sep-1st Oct, (Part 2) 25th-26th Nov. Places are limited so make sure to get in touch soon. Read more →
  • SEEd through the eyes of a Summer Intern - I never knew that three months could pass by quite so quickly. My time at SEEd has been a fantastic whirlwind introduction to Environmental Education, and most certainly an experience that has educated and inspired me like no other. Like all good things though, it must come to an end and I am only pleased that Fiona (SEEd’s new intern) and other intern’s to follow have the opportunity to have the same valuable experience as me. Read more →
  • Reflections from RootAbility Seminar Series in Berlin - In July, SEEd Projects Manager, Victoria Tait, headed to Berlin  - dusty German dictionary in hand - for two days of inspirational learning about the theories and practice of social change. Read more →
 

SEEd Member News


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  • GreenBuying.co.uk - SEEd are pleased to announce that GreenBuying.co.uk have recently become members both of SEEd and the Sustainable Schools Alliance. An organisation that focuses solely on the supply of eco-sourced school equipment, ranging from recycled stationary and recycling bins to indoor and outdoor play equipment and benches. Read more →
  • Galapagos Conservation Trust - The Galapagos Conservation Trust will host ‘Galapagos Day’ at the Royal Geographical Society on October 1st. The day is set to feature talks from TV Presenter, Explorer and Marine Biologist Monty Halls and BAFTA award-winning BBC filmmaker James Brickell. Read more →
  • Bluewave – Bluewave continue to encourage school improvements nationwide and share an interesting insight into what they do in a blog piece for the SSA. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • The nine green policies killed off by the Tory government – A round up of the measures that have gone under the knife in what some are calling the worst period for UK environmental policy in 30 years. Read more →
  • Abbott Government’s 2030 emissions target dubbed ‘pathetically inadequate’ – Is the Australian coalition government doing enough to tackle emissions? Abbott claims he will not put the environment ahead of the economy.  Read more →
  • Lord Drayson takes on UK air pollution crisis with new smart sensor – Businessman Paul Drayson set to launch a personal air quality sensor that he hopes will help people avoid the most polluted routes and add to pressure on local and central government to act on the problem. Read more →
  • UK government gives go-ahead to Bayer and Syngenta’s toxic bee-harming pesticide – Neonicotinoids were banned in the EU in 2013 yet the UK government lifts the ban after plea from the National Farmers union. Read more →
  • Millions of gallons of waste turn Colorado River yellow – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally sent three million gallons of wastewater into a tributary of the Animas River. Read more →
  • Government cuts to sixth form colleges may mean Science A-Levels will be scratched – Financial Pressures force post-16 education to drop courses, fuelled by ineligibility to reclaim VAT. Read more →
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice, UNESCO – This publication presents UNESCO’s work on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in 2012/2013, and intends to serve as a reference for similar work in the future. It provides national case studies, 16 short country profiles and recommendations in order to establish a common understanding of what needs to be done to enhance education responses to climate change. Read more →
  • Young Children and the Environment: Early education for sustainability (second edition), Julie M Davies – A written resource to illustrate the difference that early childhood educators can make by working with children, their families and the wider community to address the issue of sustainable living. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Events

  • SEEd: Facilitation for Learning for Sustainability, (Part 1) 30th Sep -1st Oct, (Part 2) 25th-26th Nov, The Earth Trust, Oxfordshire – This “informative, transformational and fun” course is the perfect opportunity for anyone with an interest in sustainability and education to develop effective facilitation skills applicable in both a work and personal context. Read more →
  • University of Bristol: Learning from the sharp end – implications for sustainability in Higher Education, 6th-8th September - This symposium is jointly organized by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England and the UN SIDS Partnership. It is part of a wise programme of activities for Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital. Read more →
  • The Outrageous Nature Company: Whatever the Weather Conference- A one-day outdoor learning conference on Saturday 10th October 2015 in Norfolk. Specifically designed for teachers, outdoor educators and forest school leaders. Read more →
  • Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol solutions, you can enrol now for a six week, free, online course starting on the 14th September that will give you an overview of the current environmental and social challenges faced by cities across the world and the solutions that are being found to these. Read more →
  • O4S: Online Courses – O4S are offering online courses in ‘Introduction to Sustainable Living’, 18th September 2015. Read more →
  • BEES: Students and Businesses Transforming their City Conference, 15th September 2015 – This free one day course at Southampton University is aimed at both students and businesses in order to equip individuals to deliver sustainability projects and solutions. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • World Honey Bee Day – On August 15th bee lovers everywhere were invited to decorate their gardens with lavender, borage and marjoram (the bee’s knees in pollinator lures), bake some honey chippers and make your own honey fruit cobbler in celebration of bees. It’s not too late to show your support for the bees! Read more →
  • International literacy Day – On September 8th, - in line with the soon to be announced Sustainable Development Goals - this year’s international literacy day will focus on literacy and Sustainability Societies.  Read more → to find out how you can get involved.
  • Greenpeace Day – September 15th is the time to release your inner activist and get passionate about the environment. Write letters, fundraise for what you believe in or simply sign petitions to get involved with this day. Read more →
  • Great British Beach Clean Up – from the 18th -21st September, join thousands of volunteers in a nationwide effort to reduce waste on beaches across the UK. Read more →
 

Jobs

  • The Landscape Group: Bromley’s Environmental Education Centre Manager, Closing Date 4th September 2015 – The Landscape Group are one of the leading providers of ‘green services’ to local authorities and other public bodies. They are looking for a new team who has imagination, creativity and a can do attitude to maximise the potential of Bromley’s Environmental Education Centre. Read more →
  • Essex Wildlife Trust: Roding Valley Meadows Assistant Ranger, Closing Date 25th September – Essex Wildlife Trust require an individual who is passionate about wildlife and has a broad skill set that can deliver on both conservation land management and also providing educational activities to a varied audience. Read more →
  • EAUC: Internship Research Opportunities – The EAUC is offering opportunities for any Masters or Doctorate student, currently enrolled at an EAUC Member university to undertake a 3-4month research project around the theme: Transforming UK Tertiary Education towards a Sustainable Future. Read more →
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