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Welcome to the Febraury 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.

Educational labels are a smokescreen – it’s time to focus on what connects us

Have you ever wondered about the connections between environmental education, education for sustainable development and global learning or global citizenship? I know I have and have been involved in all of the above at some point in my career. Read more →

Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair, SEEd

SEEd News

  • You have to be in it to win it - As one of only 3 UK Key Global partners for UNESCO’s Global Action Program (GAP) we are going to Ottawa to their next meeting to continue our work to embed and scale up ESD in education. Read more →
  • Some thoughts on Monbiot and how to educate for the 21st century - George Monbiot, a man whose name is  - in certain circles - synonymous with controversy, recently published an article on his website and in the Guardian entitled ‘Factory Outlet’. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Bluewave Education partner with SEEd to promote sustainability education - SEEd are pleased to announce that Bluewave Education have recently joined as partners. SEEd have worked in collaboration with Bluewave since they joined the Sustainable Schools Alliance, and are particularly looking forward to this next phase of collaborative working. Read more →
  • NGOs from across the UK create music video about the ‘magnificence’ of planet earth - The Climate Coalition - a movement composed of numerous people from across the UK – have released a music video showing the ‘magnificence’ of planet earth. Read more →
  • Manchester’s Environmental Education network joins up forces with SEEd - SEEd are pleased to announce that the Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN) have recently joined as members. Read more →

Environmental Education News

  • Stepping into history: how I moved my class into a museum for a term - Like most teachers, Stephanie Christie is used to teaching in a modern classroom, filled with all the latest technology. But last year, she collaborated with museum staff at a nearby historic site, Arbeia Fort, moving her pupils into an old Victorian classroom. Read more →
  • The Econocracy review – how three students caused a global crisis in economics - In the autumn of 2011, as the world’s financial system lurched from crash to crisis, the authors of this book began, as undergraduates, to study economics. Read more →
  • 'Record numbers' of dolphins detected off west Scotland - Record numbers of three dolphin species found off Scotland's west coast were found during a survey by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT). Read more →
  • Are children and young people really disconnected from nature? - “Children are disconnected from nature” has become something of a worrying mantra. We’re told that they spend less time out of doors than prisoners. That one in ten is obese. Read more →
  • In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant - In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines? Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Improving natural capital – an assessment of progress - In 2011 the government established a Natural Capital Committee (NCC); an independent, time- limited committee providing advice to the government on the sustainable use of natural capital in England (the elements of the natural environment which provide valuable goods and services to people, such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation). Read more →

Take Part

  • Young Darwin scholarship - The Young Darwin Scholarship is an FSC initiative to encourage and support young people who have a real interest in the natural world - to develop the next generation of ‘Darwins’. Find out more
  • The Big Pedal, 20th – 31st March - The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Read more →
  • Grow Wild, submission deadline Monday 27th February - Grow Wild is awarding £500 to young people aged 12–25 to lead projects that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. Read more →
  • Fairtrade Fortnight, 27th Feb – 12th March - Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. Read more →

Events & Courses

  • The Environment in Brexit Britain, 21st March - This is a disorientating moment for the U.K. Sweeping change seems inevitable. Immediate concerns dominate the news and our consciousness - health, trade, education, housing, economic and foreign policy are all in flux. Read more →
  • EAUC annual conference 2017, 28th – 30th March - This year’s theme, Global Goals: Local Action, recognises 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/Global Goals) on a local level within their communities. Read more →
  • Developing a global learning school, starts 28 February - Join Think Global’s online course starting 28 February and gain in confidence in delivering and advocating for global learning in your school. Read more →
  • Using business as a force for good, 23rd February - B Lab UK are teaming up with the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP) to empower purpose-driven businesses in the South West. Read more →


  • Essex Wildlife Trust: Education & Community Officer - Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Closing date 10th March - Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity. It has more than 35,800 members, manages and protects over 8,400 acres of land on 87 nature reserves and 2 nature parks and runs 11 visitor centres. Read more 
  • The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire: Nene Wetlands Education and Community Officer, Closing date 20th March - The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire seeks a highly-motivated individual to engage local people in wildlife conservation at the Wildlife Trust BCN’s newest nature reserve, the Nene Wetlands, which showcases the Wildlife Trust’s vision of a Living Landscape. Read more →

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