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August 2021
Welcome to the Learning for Sustainability Scotland e-bulletin for August 2021.

With COP26 coming to Glasgow in November, this is a key time to bring about climate action. There are plenty of upcoming events to reflect on the climate crisis and understand not only how we got here but, just as importantly, how we can use the COP26 to engage people with climate change and sustainability and build a better future. 

Best wishes,

Katie Grant
Bulletin Editor
Top picks: August

1. Climate Action: Joint OECD/UNESCO/Education International initiative

Teachers are invited to share initiatives and projects on student empowerment around climate action. Participate in a series of virtual Teacher Forums  alongside an international jury, and join the Global Teacher Forum on Climate Action to take part in developing an action plan to implement the leading insights in classrooms, education systems and policies.

2. Learning for a Sustainable Future MOOC 

How to live a sustainable life affects – and connects - us all.  Educators and everyone with an interest in sustainability, register your interest now for the free massive open online course by the University of Edinburgh, LfS Scotland and the British Council, starting in October 2021 and live during the UN COP26 Climate Conference.

3. TOAFF21: What the COP? Opening & Closing Film Announcement!

As Scotland gears up to host the UN climate change conference (COP26) in November, Take One Action are excited to reveal their opening and closing films.
News from LfS Scotland
Update from the Learning for Sustainability Scotland Steering Group
August 2021
Each island is a different world. On Mull, a hidden lochan dark in the curve of a hillside; the hard scree and jagged shapes of mountains plunging down into sea lochs; pebble and the ‘pink pink’ call of oystercatchers on the eastern shore.  A white tailed eagle soars above, crossing the sun in splendour. A pair of golden eagles call and tumble dance above a rocky crag.  On Iona, crystal turquoise water in a white cove sprinkled with greenstone, Ross granite, Iona marble and other treasures. Air imbued with history and mystery – stories to be told of every knoll and bay. Always the sea close by, calm and contemplative, ruffled by breeze or angry and grey. Seals lounge on sea rocks and puffins fly towards burrows, red feet splayed out to land on Staffa cliffs.  One morning, a Minke whale rolls up and over, diving under the boat to resurface on the other side. As the ferry sails away, island landscapes blurs into blue grey silhouettes, barely distinguishable from the sea. The evening light shimmers off the wake and that other world dissolves in the distance.  

Islands allow us to experience different worlds, reliant on nature and neighbour, defined by weather and waves, boundaried by coast and by the food grown or foraged and the provisions that arrive. They allow us mainland folk to escape into different places and thus to look differently at our own lives and places.
In Learning for Sustainability Scotland, we have been working hard on a Learning for a Sustainable Future MOOC with University of Edinburgh supported by The British Council. The course starts in October 2021 and will be ‘Live at COP26’. Find out more and register your interest to connect with participants from around the world.
Preparations for the Global RCE conference,Achieving the SDGs: Action through Learning in a time of Global Crises, that we are hosting on 16-18 November are well underway. Look out for a call for your participation coming out this month, enabling us to connect with friends and colleagues around the world and to share and progress action on learning for sustainability.  
Our final UK wide professional leaning programmes for educators in the current Connecting Classrooms programme start after the holidays, for teachers on 10th September and for teacher educators on 15th September. Apply by 17 September to take action on climate change in collaboration  with schools across the globe in a Supported Partnerships programme.
In the meantime, we hope you too find summer escapes, near or far, and have time and space for rejuvenation in sun – and, no doubt, summer showers.

Rehema White, LfS Scotland Steering Group Chair and University of St Andrews
Betsy King, Development Manager, LfS Scotland (
Courses, Workshops & Webinars

Please check with relevant organisations for up to date info

Schools sector

1. 1.5Max: Global Schools Summit. 5-7 October

This summit will enable young people from 14 Scottish schools and 4 schools from Mozambique, Malawi and Nepal to work together to learn more about climate change and realistic strategies to tackle it. All materials and workshops will be available and can be used in whatever way you see fit.

2. Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability, starts 10 September

This fully facilitated, online professional learning for teachers in ELC, schools and colleges will support you to think about, plan for, and implement, Learning for Equity and Sustainability in your own practice and in your teaching context.

3. Climate Action Workshops, 13-17 September

Three new interactive teaching and training sessions for Climate Action Week by Keep Scotland Beautiful: a week of workshops for Upper Primary classes; CPD for Educators; and Climate Action workshops for Secondary Eco-Committees.

4. Climate Change Education Rethink Summit 15 September

This event is the culmination of action by young people, teachers, policymakers, and climate and education experts to highlight challenges faced by young people and their teachers.

5. Using Minecraft to Re-imagine Places & How Schools are Becoming Carbon Zero, 24 August, 14:00

The Sustrans Education & Young People webinar will be showcasing an exciting Minecraft project and Let's Go Zero campaign.

6. Introducing Learning for Equity and Sustainability in Initial Teacher Education, starts 15 September

Developed by TEENet and LfS Scotland through collaboration between teacher educators across the UK, this introductory course will support you to develop the confidence to plan for, and implement, Learning for Equity and Sustainability in your Initial Teacher Education practice, inspiring new teachers who can support young peoples’ engagement with local and global issues.

Tertiary sector

7. International Conference on Sustainable Development 20-21 September

Join 1000+ participants focused on making the planet more inclusive and sustainable as the SDG Academy share the latest research on sustainable development.

8. COP26 Ideas Meeting. 25 August, 10:00

This is an EAUC Scotland event for the FHE sector to come together and discuss COP26 ideas. 

9. Using COP26 to Engage Students with Climate Change and Sustainability. 17 August, 10:00

This EAUC event is aimed at Student Leaders, staff who run student engagement events, and teaching staff who are interested in embedding information on COP26 or wider sustainability information within their teaching.

10. Measuring Sustainable Development Course starts 2 August 

The SDG Academy is excited to announce the course relaunch, with updates from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2021 Sustainable Development Report and learning the data and methodology of how to measure sustainable development with experts in the field.

Youth & Community sector

11. Youth Coalition Towards COP26. 3 August, 14:00

The COP26 Coalition and the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities invite you to the second Youth Coalition towards COP26, youth-only event.

12. Eco-Anxiety Workshop, 31 August, 19:00

Feeling overwhelmed by the state of our planet? Join SCCAN to better understand eco-anxiety with Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland.

13. Learn How to Rewild Urban land with Tiny Forests!

What are the causes of urban land degradation? This is the starting question that all participants will reflect on in this FREE Tiny Forests mini-course.

14. Climate Fringe Week, 18 - 26 September

Celebrate and support all the ways you can engage in climate activism; be that as part of an organisation, with your friends, family or wider community.

15. National Youth Work Conference 2021: Our Climate Emergency – Youth Work’s Role for People and Planet. 5-6 October

This year’s National Youth Work Conference will highlight the urgent and significant challenges facing our planet and our society and will explore the power of learning for sustainability through youth work to be part of the change needed.

16. Shake up the System: How do we Achieve Meaningful Change in Society for a Fair Climate Future?, 21-22 September, 14:00

A Sustainability First virtual conference, exploring how behavioural, societal, and cultural changes can link to achieve meaningful systems change in the UK to address the climate crisis and develop a fairer society.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Taking forward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

1. Introducing Generation Earthshot 🌏

Generation Earthshot invites students 10-15 yrs and their teachers around the world to discover the best solutions to help repair our planet. The initiative is the result of a partnership between The Earthshot Prize and The World’s Largest Lesson. Sign up, use the free teacher toolkit with your students, share their ideas via the website and use  #GenerationEarthshot on social media.

2. Exploring SDG 4.7 with Dr Aaron Benevot

Why is Lifelong Learning & Adult Education important in addressing major issues like reducing inequalities, protecting the planet, or fighting hate speech? How do we turn education into policy? Dr. Aaron Benavot discusses this and much more in this intriguing podcast all about Target 4.7 and how it relates to the world around us.


1. Together for our planet: UN Climate Change Conference UK

This schools pack has been designed to help teachers engage all students in climate education and action through a series of activities, green assembly plans, ideas, and tools to help them become climate leaders.

2. Climate Justice Messaging Guide 💚 🌍 📡 

The Climate Justice Messaging Guide is tailor-made for campaigners, activists, spokespeople, and anyone trying to talk about climate justice. The guide brings together learnings from Framing Climate Justice, a participatory movement framing project that we coordinated, alongside and NEON, and a group of 26 amazing campaigners and activists seeking to firmly centre justice in climate change communications. 

3. Our Climate Our Future

A pack of resources from WWF to enable schools to get involved in the story of COP 26.

4. The Climate Connection

British Council resources, bringing people around the world together to meet the challenges of climate change. Through arts and culture, education and the English language, it is about ideas, innovation and real change.
Funding & News

1. Facing the Crisis Digital Exhibition

Curated by Scotland’s International Development Alliance, its members and their partners, Facing the Crisis explores the theme of Climate Justice and shows how the climate crisis often has the most severe impact on the lives and livelihoods of people who have done the least to cause it, particularly in lower-income countries.

2. 8 ways to get involved at COP26

With COP coming to Glasgow in November, there are so many ways for you to get involved, whether that's in-person or online!

Schools sector

3. 3 Ways to Transform Society Through Education

The One Planet Network 'Education for Sustainable Lifestyles' programme  presents key considerations in building a sustainable future through education.

4. Nominate now for Learning for Sustainability Awards! Deadline: 12 September

Recognising LfS commitment, professionalism and leadership in Scottish Education. Do you know a young person, practitioner, leader, learning community, educational supporter or community learning provider  that has demonstrated  passion and commitment to sustainability?

Tertiary sector

5. Green Gown Award Finalists Revealed!

Huge congratulations to the following Scottish Universities and Colleges for making the final of the 2021 Green Gown Awards!

6. The Green Micro-grants

In the run-up to COP26, The University of Edinburgh is running 'The Green Micro-grants', a grants scheme for community projects with the natural environment and social impact at their heart. Applications from not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations welcomed.

7. Edinburgh Earth Initiative 

Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Princess Royal have visited the University’s newly-named Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, where the Edinburgh Earth Initiative  on the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change was announced.

8. Work with SOS-UK to repurpose the curriculum!

SOS-UK have lots of opportunities in the coming academic year for universities, colleges and students’ unions to get involved with ESD, including ‍Responsible FuturesESD ChangemakersSDG Curriculum MappingFor Good, the SDG Teach-In, and the Learning Academy

9. Calling All Universities and Colleges: Join the Race to Zero

The Race to Zero is a global campaign to mobilise leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors and universities for a healthy, resilient and fair, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

Youth & Community sector

10. Wild and Well: Capturing the Connection between Wild Places and Wellbeing

This summer, the John Muir Trust is celebrating the invaluable connection between wild places and people's health and wellbeing. They're gathering facts, figures, and stories that show how protecting wild places is closely linked to a healthy society: from articles written by experts and the latest academic research, to podcasts, books, films, events and much more.

11. Open call for COP26 Coalition People’s Summit for Climate Justice

From the 7-10th November 2021, as world leaders meet to discuss our future, the COP26 Coalition will host The People’s Summit for Climate Justice in a hybrid format – with some in-person events in Glasgow and a digital programme online.  Submit proposals by 30 August.
RCE Global Network news

1. RCE SDG Youth Challenge - Youth for the Goals: Resilient Communities and Planet

The RCE SDG Youth Challenge aims to engage and empower local youth leaders with the opportunity to have a voice and implement their own place-based projects on issues that matter to them, supporting ESD.

2. RCE Youth Webinar: Youth Voices on Climate Change, Action for Sustainability, 11 August

The webinar will provide a platform for youth to dialogue on the actions needed to address the climate crisis and how efforts can be accelerated to address the climate emergency. RCE youth members will also share examples of actions for implementing ESD for 2030 towards achieving the SDGs.

Policy & Research 

1. Education for a greener, more sustainable Europe: Share your ideas!

The aim of the consultation is to gather input and ideas for a proposal for a Council Recommendation on education for environmental sustainability, to be adopted by the Commission in late 2021.

2. Have Your Say: Survey on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in the Classroom

This survey developed by UNESCO in collaboration with APCEIU aims to collect good practices/activities of GCED in classrooms, with the practices/activities collected to be analysed and incorporated into an 'Advocacy and Awareness Handbook for Teachers'.


1. COP26 Project Manager, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Balloch. Closing date: 6 August

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority are looking for a climate-savvy, super-organised project manager to lead a team who will be bringing to life opportunities to tackle the climate emergency and the nature crisis here in Scotland’s first National Park, right on the doorstep of the COP 26 host city.

2. Community Climate Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling. Closing date: 4 August

The Community Climate Officer will support a diverse range of communities to understand the climate emergency, envision a low carbon future and develop and deliver plans to reduce their carbon emissions and foster a more sustainable community.

3. Climate Festival Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling  Closing date: 4 August

Climate Festival Officers will play a key role in the development and delivery of Scotland’s Climate Festival, supporting a diverse range of communities to plan and run engaging local events that inform, envision, and inspire action on climate change.

4. Climate Justice Volunteering at COP26. Closing date: 13 August

SCCS and the COP26 Coalition are looking for people to volunteer at COP26 between 31st Oct – 14th Nov 2021. To make sure climate justice is front and centre at the COP26 negotiations, with your help we are organising the People’s Summit, Civil Society Hubs and Mobilisations. 

5. Education Manager, The Ecology Centre. Closing date: 16 August

The Education Manager is responsible for the development, delivery and monitoring of The Ecology Centre’s inspirational and experiential environmental education programme. The Centre’s education sessions help to inspire children and young people about the natural world and help them understand why it is so important to us.

This month's Spotlight features...
Scottish Environment LINK have launched a two-minute social media comedy film to highlight the need for a shift to a circular economy, and a petition calling on the Scottish government to make this change happen.

This month's picture comes to you from...

Find out how Linnvale Primary School shared their learning in local greenspace with senior managers, families and partners and be inspired by their excellent camera trapping film. Visit for resources and professional learning to help you take learning in to local greenspace too. 
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