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Welcome to the December 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 SDGs as a radical curriculum alternative?’ Ann Finlayson and Bill Scott offer their thoughts on the future of ESD
To ‘do’ ESD requires critical thinking, participation, understanding, interconnectedness, and systems and action learning. The mystery about ESD is about two things – those who like to keep the ‘debate’ alive (for their own career, or denial for the need for change in education), or the shallow approach (those who have just adapted what they do or picked the low hanging fruit – currently this is the biggest group!) Read more →

Sustainable Schools Alliance News

SEEd News & Opinions

  • SEEd members offered the opportunity to participate in UNESCO ESD survey - As part of our ongoing work with UNESCO as Key Partners on their Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development, SEEd will be giving our members the opportunity to complete a survey highlighting your own ESD practice.Read more →
  • Christmas ideas from SEEd - Christmas is only a few days away. If, as is usually the case for me, you are still struggling with some last minute purchasing, I am here to offer you a few ideas. 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.

  • ‘Can focusing on values in Sustainable Education result in a bigger impact?’ – Global Actoin Plan explore the significance of values in this special guest blog piece. Read more →
  • ‘How low can we go? CAT at the 2017 ASE annual conference’ - The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) will be delivering a hands-on workshop for KS3 and 4 at the ASE Annual Conference, 2017. Read more →
  • Learning through Landscapes join as members of SEEd - Learning through Landscapes (LTL) – a charity dedicated to creating stimulating outdoor learning and play experiences for children and young people – have recently joined as members of SEEd at our new £100 level. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Green Buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals - People working in green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they get home, a new study has revealed. Read more →
  • Finland set to become first country in the world to ban coal - The Finnish government has announced plans to stop using coal, one of the the dirtiest fuels on the planet, by 2030. Read more →
  • UNESCO advocates central role for education in international responses to climate change - UNESCO will showcase education for climate change awareness and resilience through side-events and two new publications. Read more →
  • Sad passing of Magnus Persson – an inspiration and Education for Sustainable Development role model - It is with deep sorrow that the ESD community learned of the passing of a dear colleague Magnus Persson of Sweden. Magnus died of a fatal heart attack on November 11, 2016. Read more →
  • Arctic ice melt already affecting weather patterns where you live - The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists have told the Guardian. Read more →
School Stories and Events


  • Story making with Jon Cree, 31st January 2017 - This creative, playful workshop will explore the relationship between stories, storytelling and the natural world around us, with its application to school and community groups. Read more →
  • What’s feminism got to do with the environment? 26th January 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm - Join the Women’s Environmental Network for an evening seeking to address how the feminist and environmental movements can work more closely together, and why feminism is central to ensuring environmental sustainability. Read more →
  • EAUC Scotland conference, 22nd February 2017 - There is a lot of great work going on in Scottish Colleges and Universities around sustainability, and many people who are engaged with the ideas but desperate to see more action on the ground. This year our conference will be focusing on making change happen. Read more →
  • EAUC annual conference, 28th-30th March 2017 - We're delighted to announce that this year's conference theme will be Global Goals: Local Action and will recognise the critical role universities and colleges across the planet have to play in finding and implementing a solution to climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a local level within their communities. Read more →
  • 9th World Environmental Education Congress, 9th-15th September 2017 – WEEC is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, and to commune with like-minded people, to share your own work and to learn from others. Come join us! Read more → 
Take Part

Take Part

  • Koreo prize: new takes on complex issues, deadline 4th April - The Koreo prize asks young people to approach social issues in a way that embraces their complexity, seeking out opposing points of view, understanding that there is rarely one right solution to complex issues. Read more
  • Tree planting in Peterborough, 21st January 10.30am-4.30pm - Want to make a difference to your local environment? Want to volunteer with a project that is creating a long-lasting impact for the area and its residents? Don’t miss joining in special tree planting days this season! Read more →
  • Call for abstracts for WEEC 2017, deadline 31st March - The theme for 2017 is Culture and Environment: Weaving New Connections. This theme focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of EE and a developing view that Culture and Environment may be inseparable and possibly arise from within each other. Read more →


  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust: Events and Education assistants, (closing date Monday, 9th January) - We are looking to appoint two Education and Events Assistants to support community engagement work on projects in Gloucester and the Cotswolds. Read more →
  • Think Global: Programme Manager, (closing date Tuesday, 3rd January) - Think Global is seeking an experienced Programme Manager to drive forward our global learning work with schools. Read more →
  • Country Trust: Food and farm discovery coordinator, (closing date 2nd January) - Thanks to funding from the New Forest Show Society, we are delighted to be recruiting a Food and Farm Discovery Coordinator for the Southampton area. Read more →
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