Category: Physical World & Sustainable Living

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

Every child deserves the chance to experience awe and wonder

It is probably Hollywood’s most enduring movie myth, that when the director of The Greatest Story Ever Told suggested to John Wayne (in a cameo role as the Roman centurion guarding the dying Jesus on the cross) that he deliver the line ‘Truly he… Continue Reading “Every child deserves the chance to experience awe and wonder”

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”

Reducing plastics use helps with learning about the need to live sustainably

Two news stories in recent days — one saying that just 20 firms account for more than half of single-use plastic waste, the other a claim from Greenpeace that about 40% of the UK’s plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year and… Continue Reading “Reducing plastics use helps with learning about the need to live sustainably”

Learning about animals is crucial if we want to protect biodiversity

‘Catastrophic decline’ is the quote used in the BBC headline accompanying yet another authoritative report warning of the threat to the Earth’s animal life. This particular report, published by the conservation group WWF in 2020, states that wildlife populations have fallen by more than… Continue Reading “Learning about animals is crucial if we want to protect biodiversity”

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”