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Welcome to the March 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.

Do we like children?

I was completely shocked when I returned to the UK after 16 years travelling around the world. I had been in countries like Papua New Guinea, Australia and Canada where I had been teaching secondary school, training teachers, and having my own child. Read more →

Ann Finlayson
Executive Chair, SEEd

SEEd News

  • In Environmental and Sustainability Education, has the time come for us to ditch the word champion? - For those involved in the world of environmental and sustainability education, the word ‘champion’ is often used to define someone who is taking action from within their own school or institution to create a more sustainable campus, community, and curriculum. Read more →
  • Supporting young people through the SDGs - The Sustainable Development Goals have been in effect in over 193 countries since 1st January 2016. In the run up to the official launch date, celebrities, NGOs, and businesses from around the world united under one banner to emphasise that, unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs are a universal set of targets, as relevant to Global North countries as they are to the Global South. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • MEEN hosting four nations Education for Sustainability conference - MEEN is hosting a Four Nations Education for Sustainability Conference being held on Monday 20th March 2017. Read more →
  • Teach Earth Training Weekends 2017 - Earthwatch is looking for teachers who are passionate about teaching, excited about making a difference with their time and talents, and interested in conservation, environmental sustainability, and lifelong learning. Read more →

Environmental Education News

  • It’s time for a real revolution in Britain’s schools - ‘Imagine a world where you are enclosed by war, not knowing if you are going to die tomorrow or tonight, or maybe even in an hour. Living in a world of fear. Read more →
  • The lie of the land: does environmentalism have a future in the age of Trump? - Last June, I voted to leave the European Union. I wasn’t an anti-EU fanatic but I was, despite my advancing years, still something of a green idealist. Read More →
  • Sainsbury's drops bid to halve household food waste - Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has scaled back an ambitious target to get consumers to halve their household food waste after finding it was more difficult than expected to achieve behavioural change. Read more →
  • Why high-flying Singapore wants more than grades - Singapore is in top place in the international rankings for education. But it wants the next upgrade of its school system to focus on keeping students positive and resilient. Read more →
  • Video captures moment plastic enters food chain - A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. Read more →
  • International Women's Day: Gender Justice is on the march in the Amazon - It's not often that something comes along that tackles climate change, protects Amazonian biodiversity, saves money, benefits forest communities and empowers women. Read more →
  • Dangerous women: Nan Shepherd - Nan Shepherd is having a renaissance. In fact, not even a renaissance. She is far more famous, now, than at any other point in her history. A mere ten years ago, she was probably unknown to 80% of the Scottish population. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • From Art to Zoo Management: embedding sustainability in UK higher and further education - This guide has been developed by the Department for Sustainability at the NUS to showcase best practice in the incorporation of sustainability in UK further and higher education courses. Read more →

Take Part

  • WWF Earth Hour, 25th March - Earth Hour is the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change. Last year, millions around the world across 178 countries came together to show support for action to protect our amazing planet. Read more →
  • Outdoor classroom day, 18th May - Anyone who has seen the impact that learning and playing outdoors has on children knows how powerful such experiences can be. Read more →
  • Local School Nature Grants Scheme from Learning through Landscapes - The grants provide an assortment of nature equipment up to the value of £500 and a two-hour training session. Read more →
  • New Nature Magazine - New Nature is a brand new nature magazine written, edited and produced entirely by young people with an interest in the natural world. It appears online each month and can be easily downloaded free of charge at the click of a button. Read more →
  • Green ambassador awards 2017 - WWF and People’s Postcode Lottery have launched the Green Ambassador Awards 2017, a UK-wide search to find the primary schools, teachers and pupils who are making a real difference for our planet. Read more →
  • Write an essay on learning from nature and earn a funded trip to Japan - This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Read more →

Events & Courses

  • Circle of Life: Nature based woodland fun, 5th & 6h April – Circle of Life offer all kinds of woodland/nature based days. Join one of their holiday days, or let them create a fun-filled nature connecting day for your group or organisation. Read more →
  • British Ecological Society: Undergraduate summer school, 17th-21st July - BES have just 50 places for any Undergraduate in their 1st or 2nd year at any UK or Irish University with an interest in an ecological career and ecological research. Read more →
  • London Southbank University: London’s future – speaking up for refugees and diversity, March 29th - Join for a live theatre performance and panel discussion around refugees and what we can do as a host community to support and enable those in need, to speak up for diversity and the benefits that refugees can bring. Chaired by Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark. Read more →


  • LEEF (London Environmental Educators' Forum) Manager, Closing date 24th March - Are you an outgoing, organised, self motivated individual with the capacity to lead and grow projects? Do you have experience in and a passion for Environmental and/or sustainability education? Read more →
  • Learning through Landscapes: Early Years and Parenting Officer, Closing date 24th March - The primary purpose of the post is to deliver our Nurturing Nature Programme with the overall aim of improving the wellbeing of vulnerable pre-school children through outdoor free play. Read more →
  • University of Cambridge: Project Manager (Schools) Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme, Closing date 24th March - Applications are invited for the post of Project Manager (Schools) in the Sainsbury Laboratory, to manage and further develop projects as part of a programme funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Read more →

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