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Introduction to the National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Awards – On 12th July staff from the Natural History Museum and the Royal Horticultural Society ran a live online 30-minute broadcast aimed at helping teachers prepare for how their setting might get involved when the programme launches in the autumn term. A recording of the webinar is now available on YouTube. For more information about the programme visit National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Awards | Natural History Museum.

Revealed: UK plans to drop flagship £11.6bn climate pledge – The government is drawing up plans to drop the UK’s flagship £11.6bn climate and nature funding pledge due to budget challenges; this decision has sparked anger from former ministers, representatives of vulnerable nations, and climate advocates, who accuse the PM of false promises, and argue it betrays vulnerable populations. Read More.

Revision of the 1974 Recommendation: UNESCO Member States reach consensus – On 12 July, UNESCO Member States agreed on the revised text; providing a clear roadmap for how education should evolve in the twenty-first century to contribute to peace, reaffirm human rights, and promote global citizenship and sustainable development in the face of contemporary threats and challenges. Read More.

EU MEPs Approve Landmark Nature Restoration Law, Defeating Right-Wing Parties’ Veto Attempt – MEPs in Strasbourg recently approved the Nature Restoration Law, a landmark legal proposal to restore the EU’s rapidly degrading ecosystems and reverse habitat decline through binding targets to restore at least 20% of the European Union’s land and sea areas by the end of the current decade. Read More.

Closed for maintenance: How the Faroe Islands started doing tourism on their own terms – For one weekend a year, it’s volunteers only. 5 Media’s Laura Hall travelled to the Faroes to discover how a different approach to tourism can help destinations look after themselves, and care better for the planet. Read More.

Future of travel: how the race to reduce emissions will shape our holidays – Flying is responsible for around 2.5 per cent of global CO2 emissions, and rising; to reduce its impact, France has banned domestic flights where the same trip can be done in less than two-and-a-half hours by train. Read More.

Shortage of experts and low pay ‘major barriers to UK’s net zero future’ – “I really like the people I work with and the value of the work I do, but I could be paid four times as much for my skills in a different industry – one that is bad or indifferent to the environment. We can’t solve environmental problems or net zero unless we have people to do the work.” Read More.

Climate leaders on what brings them hope – Positive News has been asking activists, scientists, lawyers, politicians and business leaders ‘what brings you hope today?’ Here’s what they had to say. Read More.

Talk About It: How Climate Conversation Groups Inspire Action – Katherine Rapin digs into the personal and communal importance and benefits of making time for honest communication about climate change. Read More.

Do

Raise a Flag – Un Global Compact Network UK is inviting you to raise a flag for the SDG’s on the 25th September, last year over 200 flags were raised across the UK and there are hopes for this year to be much bigger, get involved and order your flag online. Read More.

Lesson Plan Competition – There’s still a little bit of time before the closing date of 31st August to get your submission in to this years’ FEE Lesson Plan Competition! You’re invited to submit plans on the topics of litter, invisible pollutants, production and consumption, and circular economy. Read More.

Nature 2030 –Formed by over 70 environmental charities, amid growing concern the government is not doing enough, this petition asks politicians to commit to 5 actions for improving the natural world: Pay Rise for Nature, Make Polluters Pay, More Space for Nature, A National Nature Service, and Right to a Healthy Environment. Read More.

Tell Rishi Sunak: don’t scrap the climate pledge – The UK government could be trying to water down its £11.6 billion climate pledge; this petition aims to show the PM that he must keep the pledge. Read More.

UN Global Compact Network UK Annual Summit – Across 16th – 17th October, this Summit will host solutions-based discussions on the most pressing ESG challenges facing companies, and consider how businesses can balance ethical and sustainable practices to maintain profitability and competitiveness. Read More.

Earth Day 2024 – The theme for next year’s Earth Day (22nd April 2024) has been released, and it’s Planet vs Plastics, and as part of this will be demanding a 60% reduction in all plastics by 2040. Find out how you can get involved and Read More.

#PlasticDetox Challenge – Join the EARTHDAY.ORG #PlasticDetox challenge; reduce your plastic use and share your journey with the online community of other people doing the same. Read More.

Global Plastics Treaty – Join Earthday.org and over 4,000 concerned people in calling for the UN and Governmental Organisations to commit to a Global Plastics Treaty which will bind all nations to the same standards, and support a 60% reduction of all fossil fuel-based plastic production by 2040. Read More.

See

How can transformative learning environments shape the learning content? – Session 4 in the UNESCO-UNFCCC webinar series ‘on the road to COP28’ takes place on the 12th September and will discuss how school facilities and operations, governance, and community engagement can be widened into teaching and learning on climate change to ensure holistic learning environments where learners can live what they learn and learn what they live. Read More.

ESD-Net 2030: Learning Webinar on ESD Pedagogy – This session on the 21st September will feature four workshops covering a range of topics from media and information literacy, implementing effective and quality climate change education, designing community-based actions for sustainable consumption and production, and taking actions for a carbon neutral school. Read More.

Here Comes the Sun – Take a look at Tom Hegen’s amazing aerial photography project ‘The Solar Power Series’ in which he captures mesmerising and oddly sci-fi-esque images of 5 solar power plants in the US, France, and Spain. Read More.

Learn

Our Broken Planet: Natural History Museum – Still fairly new, this podcast is all about the Anthropocene; Tori Herridge and Khalil Thirlaway talk to activists, scientists and those most affected by climate change around the world, and try to unpack the challenges and the solutions that lie within our grasp. Read more.

Resources for Students: Project Drawdown – Available on Project Drawdown’s website are a whole range of resources in various different formats including video, written, and series, exploring climate and sustainability topics and solutions through news, perspective, interviews, insights, and features. Filter your search by ‘Resources for Students’ or several other available categories. Read More.

Build the Change: Natural History Museum and LEGO Group – This is a 5-part course for KS2 students through which they’ll explore human impact on the planet using the example of birds: ‘today’s dinosaurs.’ They’ll learn we have both negative and positive effects on nature, and will create their own positive impact by coming up with imaginative solutions to real-world challenges. Read More.

Driving Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Local Level: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) – This publication features 12 projects all focused on SDG 12; the RCEs worked to develop innovative ways to engage a range of audiences through education – from students, to workers, to the wider community, to bring about action and shift mindsets away from wasteful consumption and inefficient production methods. Read More.

Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 Status Review: Un Environment Programme – This report shows how people are increasingly turning to the courts to combat the climate crisis; as of December 2022, there have been 2,180 climate-related cases filed in 65 jurisdictions, representing a steady increase from 884 cases in 2017 and 1,550 cases in 2020, and demonstrating the importance of an environmental rule of law in combating the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Read More.