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Welcome to the January 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.

Whole School/Institution Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – A Backgrounder

From small pilot projects to national programmes and now an emerging global interest, many examples of whole school/institution approaches have emerged. Some have been adapted from others such as WWF-UK’s Pathway project or the UK’s Sustainable Schools Initiative. Read more →
Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair, SEEd

SEEd News

  • Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability at London South Bank University - On Friday, 13th January, London South Bank University celebrated the 21-year anniversary of the launch of their pioneering Education for Sustainability Masters course. Read more →
  • Sowing the SEEds for Change - There are just a few days left for you to donate to our crowdfunding campaign! We are raising money to support young people to take action in their local communities using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a guiding framework. Read more →

SEEd Member News

Join SEEd to promote your work and new initiatives, resources and events in this newsletter. Go to our website and join us today.

  • Exciting news for the National Association for Environmental Education as Justin Dillon takes on the role of President - Congratulations go to the National Association for Environmental Education [NAEE] who have just announced that Professor Justin Dillon has agreed to be its next President. You can read more from their press release here →
  • NUS to host one-day ‘Student Eats’ Conference in Leeds - SEEd members, National Union of Students, will be hosting a one-day conference in Leeds featuring talks, workshops and networking to help you gain new skills and connect with others involved with growing food on campus, or running a food enterprise. Read more →
  • Show the love’ this Valentine’s Day with the Climate Coalition - ‘For the love of’ is a campaign set up by the Climate Coalition – the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. Read more 

Environmental Education News

  • Would you like to go to a nature school? - School might be about to get muddier! Wildlife Trusts in England are hoping to set up new schools where kids can learn outdoors as much as possible. Read more →
  • How students critiquing one another’s work raises the quality bar -  Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. Read more →
  • UKSSD’S open letter to the Prime Minister calling for government to show its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals - If you picked up a copy of The Times today, you’ll have seen a colourful full-page open letter to the Prime Minister we coordinated from over 80 UK businesses, calling on the Government to show its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK and pledging to do their bit to support the Government’s efforts.
  • Four ‘green lines’ for Brexit negotiators looking to protect the environment - Brexit risks harming the UK’s environment unless the government passes stiff new legislation before it triggers Article 50. That’s the conclusion of a major new report by the Environment Audit Committee, a cross-bench group of 16 MPs. Read more →
  • Prince Charles pens ladybird book on climate change - Prince Charles, a vocal critic of climate change sceptics, has penned a Ladybird book on the subject after lamenting with experts the lack of a basic guide to the subject. Read more →
  • 2016 likely the warmest year on record - Temperature data for 2016 show it likely edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year. Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were around 0.07 degree Celsius above the 2015 mark. Read more

Take Part

  • ‘For the love of’ campaign – This February, schools will craft messages about what they love and want to protect from climate change on green hearts and display them on trees – for all to see. Visit the website to find out more and download the activities. Read more →
  • Young people and Biodiversity – Young people across Scotland are encouraged to register their interest in a programme which will enable them to learn about nature and develop useful skills. You can watch the video here and please do share with any young people who might be interested.  
  • Opportunities for schools to collaborate internationally on the SDGs - The International School Dhaka Middle School Program are looking to develop opportunities for students to collaborate, connect and learn from other students working on local projects connected to the SDGs. If you and your pupils are involved in a project similar to this, please contact Sarah Harkin on sarah.harkin@isdbd.org.
  • Outdoor Classrooms Day seeking lead NGO partners - Outdoor classrooms day are seeking lead networks to reach out to schools through their established networks. The campaign builds on the highly successful 2016 Outdoor Classrooms Day when children in over 3,600 schools across 52 countries spent at least one lesson playing and learning outdoors. You can find out more about how to sign-up here

Events & Courses

  • Symposium on Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities, 7 March 2017 - Symposium on Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities: teaching approaches, methods, examples and case studies. Read more →
  • World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research, 5th-7th March - In order to illustrate how Sustainability Science can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the many targets of the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", the "World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals" is being jointly organised by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). Read more →
  • Play & The Outdoors with Marina Robb & Kate Macairt, 24th and 25th March - Familiarise yourself with the Forest Play skills continuum. Explore Nature Connection, Wild play, Free Play and therapeutic play within a multi-disciplinary approach. Read more 
  • Festival of Nature, 8th-25th June – It might still be dark at 5pm, but summer is on its way and what better way to celebrate than to get the 2017 Festival of Nature date in your calendar. Read more →


  • London Wildlife Trusts, Senior Learning and Engagement Officer, (closing date 30th January) - London Wildlife Trust is a growing charity with a diverse range of projects and funding sources. Our nature reserves provide a unique educational resource for learning about nature and the environment for a range of schools, families & care providers. Read more →
  • Reseaheath College - Lecturer/Course Manager in Higher Education (Animal Science Programmes), (closing date 29th January) - Reaseheath College’s state-of-the-art Animal Centre and Zoo have won national recognition for excellence – as have our courses that deliver the very best animal science education. Read more →
  • Thames21, Love the Lea Community Engagement & Education Officer (Maternity Cover) (closing date 3rd February) - Thames21 is an environmental charity putting healthy rivers at the heart of community life. Read more →

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