Category: Physical World & Sustainable Living

Embed sustainability across the curriculum

Embed sustainability across the curriculum

In the same week that, after a month of devastating floods, the president of South Africa declared that climate change is here and we “can no longer postpone what we need to do”, the UK Department for Education unveiled its Sustainability and Climate Change… Continue Reading “Embed sustainability across the curriculum”

A new natural history GCSE

new natural history GCSE

The UK government plans to introduce an “exciting” new GCSE in natural history by September 2025. Details of the qualification are included in the Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, which was launched this week. The education secretary claims that the UK… Continue Reading “A new natural history GCSE”

A green education for children

A green education

‘Now or never’ is the blunt message of UN scientists, referring to the need to take decisive action on greenhouse gas emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change in the future. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that global… Continue Reading “A green education for children”

Schools white paper needs to be greener

schools white paper

The UK government has this week unveiled its new schools white paper, the first for six years. It talks of “real action to level up education”. Levelling-up is the current government’s ‘big idea’, of course. There is lots about multi-academy trusts, support for SEND… Continue Reading “Schools white paper needs to be greener”

A fantastic gateway into the world of nature

learning from nature

A new nature research project called Fruitwatch is mobilising citizen scientists to monitor when fruit trees bloom this spring. The Reading University researchers want to see whether climate change is causing trees to flower earlier than when insect pollinators are most active. If this… Continue Reading “A fantastic gateway into the world of nature”

Young people are our hope for a greener future

Young people are our hope for a greener future

Young people are our hope for a greener future

Problems with going green

problems with going green

The climate crisis is probably the biggest long-term challenge that humanity faces. Doing nothing is not a viable option. We cannot go on with business as usual. Our lives and livelihoods will be affected in the coming years and decades – by how much… Continue Reading “Problems with going green”

Persuading people to live more sustainably is not going to be easy

As the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed, the vast majority of experts agree that the threat posed by climate change to the planet and to humanity is real, that extreme weather events will become more frequent and more devastating,… Continue Reading “Persuading people to live more sustainably is not going to be easy”

Learning about sustainable living needs to be at the heart of the curriculum

sustainable living

It hasn’t — for obvious reasons — received the coverage it properly warrants this week, but the UN’s latest assessment of the impact of climate change is deeply disquieting. We should guard against overuse of phrases such as ‘existential threat’, but in this case… Continue Reading “Learning about sustainable living needs to be at the heart of the curriculum”

Schools need more support to eliminate plastics use, say campaigners

elimination of single use plastic

Last year we blogged about two sisters who set up Kids Against Plastic, a campaign aiming to bring together people determined to break “plastic habits”, take practical action and lobby for change. Their campaign is still very much alive: they say that more than… Continue Reading “Schools need more support to eliminate plastics use, say campaigners”