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Welcome to the May 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.

New beginnings
 
With the news of the election results still fresh in the minds of most people, I decided that the majority of you – whether celebrating or lamenting the outcome – might appreciate a bit of optimism. As such, the theme for this month’s blog post is…(drum-roll, please)… humour.

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Victoria Tait, SEEd Projects Manager
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • Nepal Earthquake: Resources and Materials for Young People - In light of news of a second earthquake to hit Nepal just two weeks after the devastating impact of the 25th April, the focus for this month’s main news piece seemed fairly obvious. Read more →
  • SEEd has been invited to be a partner with UNESCO and join the Network on Priority Action Area 2: Transforming learning and training environments. We are delighted to announce that SEEd has been invited to partner with UNESCO on their Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development. Read more →
  • Latest keynote speaker confirmed for NSSC: In a recent blog, Piers Telamarque, NUS vice president for Society and Citizenship, stated that “2015 is going to be one of our most crucial years for sustainability in two decades, and our education sector is going to be a key agent for change over the next twelve months”. This inspiring quote highlights the growing significance of the roles of Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development within the NUS. Read more →
  • Sustainable Schools – a perspective from the north east of England: Read the latest blog piece from Sustainable Schools Alliance Board Member, Rich Hurst, on the election and what’s next for sustainability in schools. Read more →
 

SEEd Member News


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  • Forest Schools - Level 3 Forest School Leader Course (25th May - 29th May 2015): begin your journey to becoming an outdoor educator in the stunning Cornish countryside. Read more →
  • Children against Global Warming - A message from Kevin Smith, writer/film director, to Head teachers, Science teachers and Environmental and Geography teachers asking them to encourage their students to sign a petition against global warming. Read more →
  • Learning for Sustainability Scotland - The University of Stirling School of Education is now seeking applicants for a funded, full-time, three year PhD studentship. The studentship will involve the researcher in evaluating and researching some key aspects of an innovative school-based citizen science and environmental education project: Polli:Nation. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • Welcome to the UK’s latest national park…London – In London, one in seven children has not visited a green space in the last year and many more enjoy that pleasure just once a year. It is a form of environmental inequality with the poorest children most likely to suffer from what has now been dubbed “nature deficit disorder”. Read more →
  • Eurovision song contest goes green - Host Vienna aims not only to show off why it has consistently been named the most liveable city on the planet, but will take one step further by proving that big events don't have to ruin the environment. Read more →
  • Which books deal with climate change for younger children?  - How humans are threatening the planet has been a theme in children’s books for all ages for some time. Sometimes, the stories about what might happen and the images of destruction can be scary and picture books can vividly show what our world might look if the planet is misused. But there are great picture books which show that we can all make a difference. Read more →
  • Things are heating up in Europe - Over 6,000 people formed a 7.5km-long human chain against coal extraction in Germany. The Rhineland lignite open-pit mines are the largest source of CO2 in Europe. 350.org are running a campaign to keep Sweden’s fossil fuels in the ground. Find out more →
  • International schools as creative catalysts for a new global education system - Our world is rapidly changing, over the last few decades we have seen new global challenges such as inequality, climate change and mass migration emerge. How does this radically shifting global landscape affect how we educate our children? Read more →
  • New Environmental Science A-level - As part of the 2017 development process the Awarding Bodies have been requested by DfE to engage with stakeholders regarding the development of subject criteria to inform a new A-level Environmental Science for first teaching in 2017.  The DfE are asking interested parties to provide feedback by Friday 15th May. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact SEEd.
 

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Economics of Happiness Conference, Portland Oregon - All around the world, thousands of initiatives are demonstrating that we can create a better future: resilient communities, healthier ecosystems, equitable economies. Now we need to connect the dots, get together, translate understanding into action, and build a global to local movement. The conference has now ended, but you can watch some of the videos here →
  • Ecological Skills: Shaping the Profession for the 21st Century, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - Any profession must ensure that the necessary training, guidance and support are available to its members throughout their careers in order that they are able to do their jobs properly. But what if those higher education programmes and the training and professional development opportunities available are not fully aligned to the needs of employers working to deliver effective biodiversity management and enhancement? Read more →
  • Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behavior? Anja Kollmuss & Julian Agyeman - Numerous theoretical frameworks have been developed to explain the gap between the possession of environmental knowledge and environmental awareness, and displaying pro-environmental behavior. Although many hundreds of studies have been undertaken, no definitive explanation has yet been found. Read more →
  • Environmental Education: Recent Research on Learners and Learning, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) - The past 30 years have seen growing international recognition that the challenges associated with environmental degradation and sustainable development have important implications for, and connections with, education and schooling. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Events

  • SEEd: National Sustainable Schools Conference, 2nd July – Join SEEd on the 2nd July at the University of Bristol Students Union to find out about what teachers and young people from Bristol and across the country are doing to make their school more sustainable. Read more →
  • Peterborough Green Festival, 23rd - 31st May - The Peterborough Green Festival Launch Day will be held on Saturday 23 May 2015 in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square and Cowgate; celebrating everything “green” in Peterborough with a wide variety of events and activities running throughout the day. Read more →
  • Think Global to host attitudes to development seminar, June 2015 - Think Global will be hosting a national seminar called ‘UK Public Attitudes to Development: Building New Responses’ in June 2015, thanks to a grant from DEEEP. Read more →
  • The point is to feel it: A night of creative responses to climate change, 26th May - Have reason and logic taken us as far as we can go? What will it take to stir us into a new way of being? Join us for this very special evening, as the country's most talented writers and poets perform unique pieces inspired by the greatest global challenge of our time. Read more →
  • Inspiring Outdoor Classrooms, 28th -30th September – Come to beautiful Bali and join us for the 4th International School Grounds Conference – the first of its kind to be held in AustralAsia. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • Empty Classroom Day (Friday 19th June) - Join schools and organisations from across the UK this summer and celebrate outdoor learning on Empty Classroom Day. Read more →
  • International Day for Biological Diversity (Friday 22nd May) - This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. Read more →
  • Stars Walk to School Week (18th-22nd May) - Every year Walk to School Week brings together nearly one million schoolchildren, teachers and parents. Read more →

Jobs

  • ecoACTIVE: Education Officer – Closing date Tuesday,19th May: EcoACTIVE Education is looking for an Education Officer to join our small dynamic team to help develop and run Education for Sustainable Development programmes with schools and community groups in Hackney and surrounding London boroughs. Read more →
  • University of Cambridge: Environmental Officer – Closing date Wednesday, 20th May: The University of Cambridge is seeking an experienced individual to join the Environment and Energy Team as the Environmental Officer. Read more →
  • RSPB: Education, Families and Youth Manager – Closing date Monday, 25th May: The RSPB is looking for a candidate to lead their work to connect children with nature in South East England. The candidate will help implement new and exciting projects in London and Brighton, support the development of experiences for young people and families on our fantastic nature reserves, and seek out new opportunities with partners. Read more →
  • Salzburg Global Seminar: Program Director – Closing date Monday June 1st: Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization with offices in Salzburg, Austria and Washington, DC. Founded in 1947 to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern, we are a strategic convener and cross-generation bridge builder. Read more →
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