Category: Plants, Environment & Nature

Junior climate scientists are helping to make a difference

Junior Climate Scientists

‘Bloom or bust?’: Climate change isn’t the only environmental crisis we face

Overpromising and underdelivering is a charge frequently levelled at the current UK government. Now an influential committee of MPs has accused ministers of failing to match their fine words with decisive action when it comes to tackling the biodiversity crisis and protecting UK wildlife.… Continue Reading “‘Bloom or bust?’: Climate change isn’t the only environmental crisis we face”

COP26 must take climate change education seriously

COP26 MUST TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION SERIOUSLY

Sir David is right: young people are the great hope

A new report from WWF detailing the effects of global heating on life around the world pulls no punches: species from emperor penguins and snow leopards to hippopotamuses and bumblebees are all at grave risk from the impact of rising temperatures. “The vast scale… Continue Reading “Sir David is right: young people are the great hope”

The BBC’s Plant Britain scheme is a great way to promote nature education

Ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November, Glasgow City Region has announced a plan to plant 18m trees — 10 for every resident — over the coming decade, part of a new urban ‘forest’ to tackle climate change. The announcement… Continue Reading “The BBC’s Plant Britain scheme is a great way to promote nature education”

Woodland Trust adds its voice to calls for environmental education reform

A first-of-its-kind report from the Woodland Trust on the state of the UK’s woods and trees is calling for key changes in environmental education, including its inclusion in “core teaching curricula”, the allocation of guaranteed time for outdoor learning and the provision of nature… Continue Reading “Woodland Trust adds its voice to calls for environmental education reform”

Being involved in positive change can boost children’s mental health

A bold and imaginative approach to boosting children’s post-lockdown mental health and wellbeing would include a coordinated effort — involving parents and schools, young people’s organisations like Scouts and Guides, and community-driven initiatives — to offer every young person encouragement and, more importantly, easy-to-access… Continue Reading “Being involved in positive change can boost children’s mental health”

Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning

England has today moved to the next phase in the easing of the national lockdown, and the UK’s devolved nations are also in the process of gradually easing their restrictions. Now that spring has arrived, the evenings are getting longer and (hopefully) the weather… Continue Reading “Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning”

The curriculum should reflect children’s interest in the environment and nature

A recent Forum for Life-Based Learning post stated that the forthcoming COP26 climate change conference of world leaders, to be held in Glasgow, presented an outstanding opportunity to press the reset button on nature education. The environment is an issue that children are passionate… Continue Reading “The curriculum should reflect children’s interest in the environment and nature”

Using COP26 to press the environmental education reset button

It might seem fanciful to imagine anything dislodging Covid-19 from the headlines at the moment, but in the coming months we are likely to be seeing, hearing and reading a great deal about the forthcoming COP26 climate change conference. As the UK is the… Continue Reading “Using COP26 to press the environmental education reset button”