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November 2019
Welcome to the November bulletin for Learning for Sustainability Scotland.

Well the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in... but, if you don'tt want to hibernate yet, there are plenty of networking events and workshops on this month to keep the winter blues away - from business breakfasts to citizens cafes, to cycling conferences,  public meetings and youth work events. Outdoor Classroom Day is next week on 7th November - get your hat and gloves on and head outside! 

Best Wishes, 

Norah Barnes,
Bulletin Editor

Top picks: November

1. Learning for Sustainability Scotland AGM and Networking Event. 10 January 2020, Edinburgh

This year's theme: Feeling the Pressure: planetary health, participatory democracy and you. We will explore the role of the individual and participative democracy in influencing societal change, and showcase how Learning for Sustainability approaches can inspire positive interactions with all three. Book your place NOW!

 2.  Pack it up, Pack it in – new environmental protection campaign

The new Scottish Youth Parliament campaign on environmental protection, aims to empower young people to take action to reduce pollution levels in Scotland. Fill out this survey before 8th November to share your views on single-use packaging, waste, and recycling in Scotland. You can also use their consultation pack, to lead workshops.

3. New LfS resource from  Connecting Classrooms

Looking for inspiration from Connecting Classrooms, working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals? This brand-new resource contains a wealth of ideas and case studies which highlight how engagement in the programme helps to develop the values, knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.


NEWS & EVENTS from LfS Scotland

Update from the Learning for Sustainability Scotland Steering Group 

Fiery yellow, orange and red leaves on the trees, clinging until the next big storm. The shape of trunk and branch emerging strong as drifts of leaves whirl down. This is the season of fierce pumpkin faces, guising and sticky treats, tricksters and jokes. Society too is full of people who are not what they appear to be; what is the trick being played now? Who will light the next fire of discontent? Whether we protest at inaction over climate change or at ineptitude over Brexit, our frustration smoulders. 
How better to resolve frustration than learning together, and we have plenty of opportunities in the next few months.  Our 
AGM and Networking session on 10th January 2020  has a focus on ‘Feeling the Pressure: planetary health, participatory democracy and you’? Spaces are going fast; you can still book a place here We are seeking nominations for the Steering Group for the election at the AGM. This is an excellent chance to work in partnership for cross-sectoral change through learning for sustainability.
ConnectingClassrooms programme is well under way and we are enjoying working with teachers from across Scotland participating in our Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability professional learning. Click here to enrol for the next course for educators in 3-18 settings, starting in January 2020. Contact us too if you are interested in a tailored mix of face to face an online professional learning for your whole school. 
We are currently developing
 professional learning for teacher educators in initial teacher education that will be available across the UK. Drawing on British Council funding and working with the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet), we are designing two six week online courses to be offered in early 2020. 
There is still time to comment on the 
General Teaching Council for Scotland consultation on refreshed Professional Standards for educators (closing 20th December 2019). Click here to join our workshop on 6th November 2 -4.30pm at Moray House to consider responses from an LfS perspective. 
Our Further and Higher Education Task Group / EAUC Scotland Topic Support Network on ESD meets on 13th November on 
Evaluating Education for Sustainable Development in the Curriculum. We will be discussing competencies, exploring why inclusion and evaluation of ESD is important, analysing how to make it happen across institutions and identifying resources and support needed. Find out more about the programme and book your free place here.

There is a saying that if you catch a falling leaf, you can make a wish. That sounds like a good excuse to go for a walk, burl around in a forest and capture your own fiery symbol of hope for the future.

Rehema White, Chair LfS Scotland Steering Group
Betsy King, Development Manager, LfS Scotland (  

Click here to find out more about the latest in the #ThisisLfS series, with insights from Colmonell and Ballantrae Primary schools, North Ayrshire.  

Are you working towards a whole school approach to learning for sustainability? We would love to learn from your experiences too, to share your #ThisisLfS story please email  Betsy King. 
Events & Dates for your diary
Events in Scotland

1. . Cycling Scotland Conference 2019, 4 and 5th November, Edinburgh 
The conference is expected to bring together over 250 professionals, campaigners, volunteers, and national and local politicians to share experiences, learn from each other and network to help support cycling.

2. Photo Exhibition and Networking Event, Scotland International Dev Alliance, Edinburgh, Wed 6th Nov 
This exhibition will give you a unique opportunity to celebrate members' work in the context of gender and development, while also providing the chance to find out about upcoming opportunities from the Alliance.

3. The Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast , 8 - 11am, 8th Nov
This event provides an ideal opportunity for businesses to come together to highlight good practice, discuss ways to work collaboratively on making Edinburgh a truly sustainable food city.

4. Citizens Assembly Cafe Event, Thje Democratic Society, Edinburgh, 11th November
This will be a chance to come along, learn about citizens’ assemblies, network with others, and discuss democracy, decision making, and related approaches to tackling local and even national issues.

5. Take One Action Regional Film Festival, Aberdeen 15 - 17th Nov and Inverness 22- 24th Nov
Take One Action will be travelling to Aberdeen and Inverness in November to showcase some of the best international/political films of the year, as well as holding school and community workshops/discussions. 

6. Spokes Autumn Public Meeting - New Cycling Solutions, Friday 15 November
Many of the restrictions which used to limit bike travel are starting to disappear, thanks to new innovations and opportunities. Hear from people delivering the new solutions, followed by a Q/A and panel discussion.

7. Nourish Conference - Game Plan for a Good Food Nation, Edinburgh, 21 & 22nd November 
The conference is all about achieving change – What will it take to be a Good Food Nation? You will be working in a team of food citizens to come up with your team’s game plan.

8. National Network for Outdoor Learning Strategy Meeting, Glasgow, 20th November
An annual strategy meeting for organisations involved in the delivery and organisation of outdoor learning in Scotland. Any third sector outdoor, environmental, adventure organisation can attend.

9. Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) Scotland Conference, 23rd November, Edinburgh
This year the CPA Scotland Conference focuses on the emerging youth climate movement, the psychology behind it and those attacking it, and how we can support action. 

10.  European Week for Waste Reduction 16-24 November
This European initiative promotes the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. 

Schools Sector

11. Outdoor Classroom Day, 7th November 
Sign up your class/school to celebrate the benefits of outdoor learning and play. The theme this November is STEM subjects and there will be some great new lesson ideas to help you take your pupils outdoors.

12. Glasgow City Council and Bridge 47 LfS/GCE event, Glasgow, 11th November
Glasgow City Council Education Improvement Services are hosting an event for Head Teachers and Senior Leaders to raise awareness of Global Citizenship Education and Learning for Sustainability.  Please contact Rachel Binnie if you are able to attend on behalf of your organisation and would like a stall. 

13. National Youthwork Conference, Glasgow, 27th November
This conference will focus on youth work’s role in closing the attainment gap – within and beyond school; ensuring every child and young person has the same opportunity to succeed and fulfil their potential. 

14. The Whirlybird on Tour, EcoDrama, Spring 2020
Eco Drama’s latest production for young children is touring schools, nurseries, theatres, and community venues next Spring. The Whirlybird is a funny, playful and moving piece about learning to fly, encouraging one another and finding joy and inspiration in nature. Please email Nina Doherty to discuss bookings.

15.  Eco Drama’s Early Years Out to Play CPD Event, Westercraigs Nursery, Glasgow, 11th May 
Eco Drama will be launching the Early Years Resource Pack, a collection of the best activities and ideas from their nursery residencies, at an Early Years Out to Play event. This is entirely free of charge, and all participants receive a copy of the new pack. 

16. International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA) Conference, Stirling,  24-26th September 2020
This event will bring together the best in outdoor learning and play in school grounds and beyond. Come and learn from the best practitioners, researchers and professionals in the outdoor learning and play world.

Tertiary Sector

17. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Topic Support Network Meeting, Edinburgh, 13th Nov.
This meeting will be to discuss Evaluating ESD in the curriculum - looking at why and how. Topics will include: competencies, inclusion and evaluation of ESD, identifying resources, and more.

"The Elephants in the Room"- EAUC Scotland Conference, Glasgow, 26th Nov
This full day conference will look at some of the more controversial and challenging issues facing sustainability professionals within Further and Higher Education today. Topics include: setting meaningful carbon reduction targets, addressing academic travel, procurement emissions, climate anxiety, and more.


Courses & Workshops

Courses & Workshops in Scotland

1. Introduction to Permaculture Course, Glasgow,  Nov 2&3 Nov and 25&26 January 
In this 2 day course we will explore the permaculture principles which have been learnt from observing nature and apply them to designing low maintenance, healthy and efficient systems. 

2. Full Permaculture design course in Glasgow 
One weekend per month for 6 months, starting with the 2 day introduction in Nov/Jan. This 12 day course deepens learning in many different aspects of sustainability including soil, water, social systems, buildings, and design tools.  

3. SDG Academy Online Courses
The SDG Academy is offering a range of free online training courses around the SDG’s that anyone can take. Topics include: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact, Ethics in Action, Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet, Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace.

Schools Sector

4. Children in Permaculture, Tangleha House, Montrose, 9 - 10th November
A w/end permaculture course for parents, teachers and other educators to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. This course is the product of the 3 year European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project.

5. Connecting Classrooms Webinars, Nov - Jan
Interested in getting involved in Connecting Classrooms? We’re running a series of webinars over the next few months and all are free to attend. Find out more about working as a cluster school co-ordinator, or about working with schools in Malawi, India, Rwanda, South Africa and more. 

6. Professional Accreditation in Transforming Learning, Edinburgh, 29 - 30th January 2020
This programme from Learning through Landscapes, is aimed at outdoor learning and play professionals. It is ideal for experienced individuals looking to develop and outdoor learning consultancy and training to schools.

Tertiary Sector

7. Sustainability Sharing Series: Embedding Sustainability into Open Days, Virtual, Wed 6th November
Dial in to EAUC-Scotland's sharing series to hear from some peers in the sector about how to embed sustainability into institution open days, engaging students at the very beginning of their journey.

8. Adapting to Climate Change: Increasing your Institution’s Resilience - Webinar, Thur 7th Nov 
This is a chance to find out more about two Guides published recently, which highlight why, and how, to effectively embed considerations of climate change risk within your existing risk and business continuity procedures. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learning for Sustainability Scotland members Taking forward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Scotland

Schools Sector

1. Future Focus Resource
This is a free to download Scotdec resource exploring the @SDGoals through short videos, created with a focus on stimulating debate in your classroom around a variety of global issues. Pick a film that suits either your primary or secondary learners! 

2. Scotland Colleges and Universities SDG Case Studies
EAUC  have produced an exciting new set of case studies that provide a snapshot of the some of the ways that Scotland's Further and Higher Education sector are contributing towards the Global Goals.

Their hope is that you will be inspired to make strides to achieve the SDGs by embarking or partnering with universities and colleges on social, economic and environmental initiatives. 



Every month, Education Scotland produce a bulletin for learning for sustainability in schools across Scotland. You can subscribe - for free - to receive the bulletin by clicking on this link.


Schools Sector

1. World Rescue Game 
World Rescue is a narrative, research-based video-game inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals. Through fast-paced gameplay set in Kenya, Norway, Brazil, India, and China, you will meet and help five young heroes and help them solve global problems.  

2. Chain Reaction - New Song from Plastic Fantastic
A song on climate change issues ideal for school assemblies, concerts or lessons.  Free of charge from the creator of Plastic Fantastic the Musical. (Scroll down Single Use Plastics resource list to find it) .

Tertiary Sector

3. New Curriculum Guides
EAUC-Scotland have released two new curriculum guides to help teaching professionals integrate sustainability concepts into the curriculum – in particular Economics and Computer Science. The guides are intended to be a first step to help generate ideas of how sustainability relates to the subjects.


Community Sector

4. Community Growing Resource Pack Scotland, Social Farms and Gardens
This pack is a comprehensive introduction to setting up, developing and sustaining a community-managed farm, garden or related community growing space. It provides easy to read advice and information on the issues you are likely to face as a community group. 

Funding & News

Funding / News

Schools Sector
1. School Partnership Awards, Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP)
These new awards aim to celebrate the variety of school partnerships with Malawi across Scotland. Focusing on the theme of sustainability, our Youth Committee is looking for schools to tell us the story of their partnership. The deadline for entries is 25th November, and the Awards ceremony will take place on the 5th December. 

2. Teach the Future Campaign
This is a youth-led campaign to urgently repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. The campaign calls for a review, a new Act of Parliament, substantial new funding and net-zero buildings. It is starting with England, but will develop branches of the campaign for the devolved nations soon.

3. Eco-Schools Scotland 25th Anniversary Video
Help Ecoschools celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a special video project. Send in a a 10-60 second video clip on “What is the best thing about being part of an Eco-Committee?” Deadline is Friday 15th November.

Tertiary Sector

4. Food Made Good awards, 5th November
Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh who have been shortlisted for the Food Made Good Awards 2019. The University has been shortlisted for the Reduce Reuse Recycle award thanks to their work on reducing single use plastics on campus. 

5. College Development Network Awards, 21st November
The shortlist has been released for these College Awards. In the Sustainability Category there are 3 finalists, Ayrshire College, Dundee and Angus College, Forth Valley College.Congratulations to all three finalists! 


RCE Global Network news

Global Network news

1. New RCE Projects Map
This month has seen the launch of an interactive RCE Projects Map on the RCE Portal. This new feature displays all of the RCE Projects and allows users to search and view projects by region, target audience, theme, SDG, and ecosystem. They hope this tool will provide another way for groups to share activities and resources. 

2. CLIMATE2020 - 7th Climate Change Online Conference, 23-30 March, 2020, online
The 7th Climate Change Online Conference will communicate current research results on climate change and its consequences, exclusively online. In particular, young scientists from all over the world are offered an opportunity to present their own research on a worldwide stage. 

3. Winners of the  UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD Announced
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has named the three winners of this year's UNESCO-Japan Prize: the Camphill Community Trust in Botswana, the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (Brazil) and the city of Hamburg (Germany). Each of the three laureates will receive an award of US $50,000.


Policy & Research 

Policy, Research, Blogs

1. Good Food Nation Consultation Results
The responses to the 2018-2019 Government Consultation on the Good Food Nation Bill were published in the beginning of September. Nourish were delighted to see strong public support for a Good Food Nation Bill that takes a whole-systems approach, enshrines the right to food into Scottish law and sets up a Food Commission.

2. Cities100 2019 Report
The Cities100 report, recently released by Cities100, features 100 leading climate action projects from cities around the world, and includes 12 different categories of climate action. The report provides an analysis of how cities are facing the challenges and opportunities that come with being at the forefront of climate action. 

3. Education Blogs

- Where in the EDS Jigsaw do you Fit? - interesting read from Ann Finlayson, from SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education).

- Learning for Sustainability: What’s maths got to do with it? - article from Corinne Angier, PhD student at Stirling University


1. Development Education Officer - Maternity Leave, SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Officer), Glasgow
SCIAF are looking for an inspiring individual, knowledgeable in Catholic Social Teaching, that will represent SCIAF’s beliefs and values in a professional and engaging manner. You will be expected, as part of your role, to write and develop resources for our audiences, deliver engaging presentations/workshops, train and manage volunteers and maintain and develop key external relationships. Closing date: Monday 4 November.

2. Scotland Manager - Maternity Leave, EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges), Edinburgh
EAUC  is seeking a Scotland Manager, to manage the EAUC Scotland Team and ensure the successful delivery of the EAUC Scotland Programmes. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to draw upon own skills and experiences to lead this process, and influence how the Scottish tertiary education sector respond to the climate emergency and sustainable development agenda. Closing date: Wed 6th November.

3. Policy and Research Vacancy, Inclusion Scotland, Glasgow or Edinburgh
Are you interested in policy with a good understanding of policy in Scotland?  Have you planned, promoted and delivered events? Would you like to influence decision makers to enable disabled people to be fully included in Scottish society? Closing date: 18th November. 

4. Scotland Director, Learning Through Landscapes, Stirling 
LtL is a leading charity in outdoor education, with offices in both Winchester and Stirling. LtL are currently looking to appoint a Director to lead the team in Scotland. Key responsibilities include: Ensuring the successful delivery of LtL Scotland projects and Leading the Scottish work to influence policy and practice in outdoor learning and play.
Closing date: 19th November.


This month's Spotlight features...

 #IWill4Nature Climate Campaign Launch, Edinburgh, 18th Nov 
The #IWill campaign, made up of 1,000+ partner organisations across the UK, aims to make participation in social action the norm for young people. Social action includes activities like volunteering, mentoring, peer education, campaigning, involvement in a school or youth parliament, and fundraising. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better today.

This year #IWillWeek will run from the 18 - 24  Nov, with a launch event on 18th Nov. During the week, events and celebrations will take place across the UK and leaders, organisations & young people take to social media to celebrate the #PowerOfYouth, recognising the invaluable and diverse contribution they are making to society. 

The event will also launch the #IWill4Nature campaign, which will see #IWill ambassadors challenge local authorities to support more young people to take action in their communities to address climate change and pollution. The campaign will run throughout 2020 and will tie in closely with the Year of Coasts and Waters.

It’s clear that young people across the country are very excited to be involved in the year, and the opportunity to highlight the urgent need to address climate change. They are keen to work together with cross-sector partners during 2020 - if you are interested in being involved please download our partner pack for more information.

To attend the launch event please RSVP to this
email address by Monday 11th November.


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

Out to Play with Eco Drama
Eco Drama and Ben Mali have just delivered a very inspiring, imaginative week of Out to Play CPD, working with 67 teachers, nursery leaders, out of school care practitioners & arts and education facilitators across 3 sessions. They really enjoyed exploring and re-imagining the outdoor spaces at each venue and sharing the Out to Play approach of using storytelling and drama to develop children's connection to nature and learning for sustainability. 

With thanks to all participants who travelled to the 3 locations from across the central belt and approached the work with openness and imagination! 
Thanks to Emily Reid from Eco Drama for the photo. 

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