Read: COP28

Greening education hub puts green education at the forefront of global climate discussions – At COP28 the First Annual Meeting of the Greening Education Partnership issued a Declaration on the Common Agenda for Education and Climate Change, through which member states pledged to develop national education strategies which raise environmental and climate awareness among students, and empower them to become advocates for sustainability in their communities and workplaces. Read More.

COP28: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Dubai – Carbon Brief has put together this in-depth analysis of the COP28 key outcomes, and what they mean during and after the summit. Read More.

Even as the heat has been on in Dubai, the renewables juggernaut has gathered pace – Despite the excess of fossil fuel presence, the final deal from COP28 calls on all countries to transition away from fossil fuels “in a just, orderly and equitable manner, accelerating action in this critical decade, so as to achieve net zero by 2050 in keeping with the science”. Read More.

Reflections from COP 28: Nature recovery for a secure future – In this blog Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England, discusses his experience as part of talks around nature recovery during COP28, and some of the projects and plans that came out of them. Read more.

Cop28’s winners and losers: from fossil fuel firms to future generations – In this Guardian article Jonathan Watts examines the outcomes of COP28 and their real-world impacts. Read More.

COP28: Five reasons for optimism on climate – In this article Matt McGrath from the BBC gives us five reasons to feel positive following COP28. Read More.

Read

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon down 64% in November – The figures come after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reiterated his country’s target of ending illegal deforestation by 2030 at COP28. Read More.

We need power to prescribe climate policy, IPCC scientists say – Five lead authors of IPCC reports told the Guardian that scientists should be given the right to make policy prescriptions and, potentially, to oversee their implementation by the 195 states signed up to the UNFCCC. Read More.

Cop28 is a farce rigged to fail, but there are other ways we can try to save the planet – George Monbiot offers his opinion on the effectiveness of the COP meetings and suggests some other ways effective change could be created. Read More.

Wales puts bugs on the map – In a world first, Wales has mapped its most important insect sites, a move environmentalists hope will be a vital first step in boosting bug numbers. Read More.

I play piano for rescued elephants – “These elephants have worked for humans all their life and many are blind or disabled from being treated badly, so I wanted to make the effort to carry something heavy myself.” Read More.

David Byrne: “Humans can change. It’s not impossible” – In this interview Imagine5 asked David Byrne about hope, happiness and why he loves cycling. Read More.

The government’s temperate rainforest strategy for England: An analysis – On the 30th November the UK Government published a temperate rainforests strategy for England, bringing much-needed attention, funding and support for this biodiverse habitat. In this blog Guy Shrubsole gives his assessment, welcoming what he thinks is good and setting out what still needs to be done. Read More.

Do

Write a Nature Park Vision Statement – This is a great exercise you can do with your class; use the free online resources on the Nature Park website, and email in your statement for a chance to see it featured. Read More.

Nature Recovery Spring Traineeship – This 16-week immersive, residential traineeship from Ambios takes place on their 130-acre estate in South Devon, and is designed to help you build a wealth of first-hand experience indispensable in developing a future working for nature recovery and nature conservation. Read More.

Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas – As we head into the festive season, here are some easy to read and digest tips from WWF to help you keep your environmental footprint low while still having all the fun. Read more.

Global Action Days 2024 – Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE’s) global action days are an opportunity for schools all over the world to take part in targeted and supported action for the climate with their students. April 22nd – May 3rd, 2024. Read More.

TEESnet 2024 – Next years conference will be held on Friday the 27th September 2024, possibly with pre-conference events taking place the day before. Full details will be release soon. Read More.

Teach Climate Justice – This is a free course running again in Spring/Summer 2024 aimed at building the confidence and competence of trainee teachers in England, and can be delivered in a variety of ways and formats. Register your interest to find out more. Read More.

See

COP28: A visual guide: Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit – A detailed infographic representation of COP28, the history of COP, the big issues, and why it matters. Read more.

Making changes to your learning site – Join the Nature Park team on the 25th January for this free webinar; this one’s aimed at staff working on site such as grounds-people, maintenance, and estates and will talk through the different physical changes young people might identify as ways to improve nature on their sites. Read More.

My Green Pod Magazine: COP28 Special – My Green Pod is for anyone who wants to live a more sustainable lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start; it’s full of articles, blogs, useful information, and resources you can use for life. Read More.

Great green reads of 2023 – 2023 has been a big year for eco-literature, and Imagine 5 Newsletter has put together this listicle highlighting some of their standout green books. Read More.

Learn

The MECCE Project: MECCE – Examples are building across the world of climate education and capacity building. MECCE, for example, have some very interesting case studies globally. They make a strong point that there is no one size fits all and a hyper local approach is required, with local communities developing their own strategies and learning to fight climate change; exactly the ethos behind Young Changemakers. Read More.

Report: Urgent Change for 11 – 16-year-olds education: House of Lords Education for 11 – 16-year-olds Committee – SEEd’s long-time supporter Lord Jim Knight was part of the committee behind this report, which identifies that the education system does not work for many students of this age, and is in part responsible for the reduction or loss of critical thinking and creativity skills. Read More.

Explore Your Site Resources: National Education Nature Park – Find lots of free to use resources, digital tools, and activity ideas on the Nature Park website, specifically designed to help and guide you through the first steps in engagement. Read More.

Teaching for sustainable futures – UCL’s Centre for Climate Change is offering a free professional development programme to help teachers embed climate change and sustainability into their teaching. Read More.

A Handbook for Dreamers and Thinkers: Solutions to Repair our Planet: The Earthshot Prize – Taking readers around the world, featuring a foreword from Prince William and contributions from Sir David Attenborough, astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and other entrepreneurs, this book aims to offer simple ways young people can make a difference. Read More.

A new green learning agenda: Approaches to quality education for climate action: Christina Kwauk and Olivia Casey, Centre for Universal Education at Brookings Institute – This paper is intended to provide climate and education decisionmakers with: 1) a framework for conceptualizing the green skills needed to catalyse both technical and social transformation, and 2) a tool for considering three approaches to quality education for climate action. Read More.

I quit teaching to become a Climate Activist: Here’s Why – “Time – or, more precisely, the lack of it – is at the root of why climate education is not adequately taught in schools today and why we urgently need to embed climate education into our standards.” Read More.

Eco-Schools Impact Report 22/23: Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools – This annual report highlights the impacts of the work done throughout the year on schools and pupils, and on the environment. Read More.