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

Schools, colleges and universities may be out,  but there are still plenty of events and resources supporting educators and learners to explore sustainability issues such as poverty and climate change and to take action.

You'll see there's no shortage of exciting opportunities to get involved, ahead of the COP 26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. Enjoy the summer!

Best wishes,

Katie Grant
Bulletin Editor
Top picks: July

1. Learning for a Sustainable Future course, starting 4th October

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 five week online massive open online course (MOOC) by the University of Edinburgh, LfS Scotland and the British Council, starting in October 2021.

2. Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability online course starting 10 September

A final chance to participate in this fully funded online course for 3-18yrs teachers, supporting you to think about, plan for, and implement, Learning for Sustainability in your own practice and in your teaching context.

3. Nominations for Learning for Sustainability Awards now open 

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? Submit your nominations by 12 September 2021.
News from LfS Scotland
Update from the Learning for Sustainability Scotland Steering Group
July 2021
Driving past in a 60mph blur, Scottish farmland appears lush and productive, but also a monogreen of spring barley and peas, tatties and rape seed – functional fields for food. But a closer looks reveals wildlife and wild plants, flashes of colour and movement amongst the intensive agriculture. Walking makes this visible. In the early morning, before the mist is burnt off, almost every field has a pair of twitching ears, and if you stand quietly, you can spot hares lolloping along tractor trails. Along the lane, an annual cycle of flowers unfurls; now, meadowsweet and sweet cicely release evening scent.. As the months pass, we will transition to different species, a constant renewal. 
We have also been paying attention to seasonal events and the wilder moments in Learning for Sustainability Scotland.
In the run-up to the Global RCE conference 16-18 November, we were delighted that our second LfS Scotland/ Global RCE Centre pre- conference webinar connected with so many participants from across the world to share experience on Achieving the SDGs: Action through Learning in a time of Global Crises, with a focus on Climate Action. Recordings and resources are available here . At our June Steering Group meeting members planned how to respond to the new Roadmap for the RCE Community 2021- 2030, launched at the webinar
Empowering young people was a central global webinar theme and will continue to be a priority at LfS Scotland . In the third of our series of webinars with YouthLink Scotland we explored how to meaningfully support young people to become active change agents, sharing some inspiring examples from LfS Scotland members and partners.You can find all the resources, including links to toolkits and videos here.
We have all become more used to collaborating locally and globally online in the last year. Online partnerships are now a central part of the Connecting Classrooms programme and the next UK wide professional leaning programmes for educators starts after the holidays, for teachers on 10th September and for teacher educators on 15th September. T

These programmes are now open for registration, but we hope that you find time and place to appreciate wilder moments and spaces this summer. We all need renewal to support our work in wider sustainability transitions.    
"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me."
-  James Russell Lowell 

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

Please check with relevant organisations for up to date info

Schools sector

1. Learning for Sustainability in Early Years settings, 26 August, 16:00

This interactive online session will give you an introduction to Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability, and how these can link to Rights and the UN Global Goals in early years settings.

Tertiary sector

2. Green Careers Webinars

You can find out more about pursuing a career in the green industries in a series of webinars run by the British Council. Hear from recruitment specialists, universities and UK Alumni who have successful careers in this area. 

3. COP26 Ideas. 13 July, 10:00

This is an EAUC Scotland event for the tertiary sector to come together and discuss COP26 ideas and thoughts. By this date, all COP26 Green Zone applications should have been decided upon and we will be in a stronger position to make plans. 

4. Virtual Global Climate Conference, 8 July

EAUC is organising, in partnership with UN Environment, a global conversation that will connect institutions and highlight the education sector’s best practices to ensure our collective message is heard and implemented at COP26.

5. Act TravelWise - UK University Sustainable Transport, 6 July, 14:00

University Transport and Travel Managers share their work on bringing sustainable transport to campus for students, staff and visitors.

Youth & Community sector

6. Play:Fair for People and Planet, 17 July, 18:30

Play:Fair for People and Planet is a new kind of music activation which aims to inspire, connect and mobilise people in the lead up to the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, held on 17-28 September during the UN General Assembly! It brings together musicians, performing artists and local and international activists with the power of music to address climate injustice, inequality, and to ensure a sustainable food system for all.

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

1. Exploring SDG Target 4.7 with Dr Aaron Benavot (Podcast)

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 podcast episode about Target 4.7 and how it relates to the world around us. 

2. Forest Changemakers

An inspiring story of how young people in the Highlands created an SDG trail in Abriachan forest.

3. UN Global Compact Network UK’s Responsible Business & SDGs Summit, 20 - 21 July

The UN Global Compact Network UK’s Responsible Business & SDGs Summit will convene 2000+ CEOs, business experts, CSOs, Investors and High-Level Government United Nations, and civil society representatives to address the challenges and show how companies are advancing the SDGs, to foster meaningful networking opportunities, and to provide inspirational sessions with actionable ideas to transform industries and societies and lead to a new sustainable future. 


Schools sector

1. NEW COP26 climate change resources

Containing Highland One World's top recommendations for essential background reading for Scottish teachers, along with links to comprehensive climate curricula, STEM resources, social subjects and literacy resources and resources to support taking action. 

2. 'Together for our Planet' Schools Pack

The new UK Government COP26  Pack includes a Green Assembly guide, along with other ideas and external resources created by experts to help schools engage their students in climate action and wider climate change conversations. 

3. Great British Beach Clean 

The Great British Beach Clean 17-26 September 2021 is the Marine Conservation Society's annual flagship event which sees thousands of volunteers heading out to clear litter from our beaches across the UK, and record what they find. MCS is  asking schools to get involved wherever they live. 

4. Curiosity for Global Citizenship

This class activity resource explores Global Dimension's July theme: Curious. It contains a creative group detective map activity that explores the root causes and unexpected impacts of global issues. This activity encourages critical thinking, revision of what students have learnt about global issues this year, and skills for teamwork and research.

5. Energise young people to share their voice on key topics at COP26 this Autumn by organising your very own #COP26Voices event or series

#COP26Voices Scotland Malawi Partnership are developing a resource to encourage schools and youth groups to create their own series or event to platform young voices on the climate crisis.

Tertiary sector

6. Communicating Climate Change Guide

EAUC-Scotland have developed a Communicating Climate Change Guide to help individuals and organisations talk about climate change in an effective way which will engage others.

7. Introducing and Implementing the 2021 Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development

Report of the EAUC Scotland/LfS Scotland event exploring how to use the new QAA/Advance HE  Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development.

8. Meeting your new Student Leaders?

At this time of year, new Sabbatical Officers and Sustainability Officers are taking up their posts, which is a great opportunity for you to make contact. EAUC have developed a Student Leaders Guide, simplified Emissions Calculator for Students' Unions/Associations, and a template for a SMART Sustainability Action Plan which you could share with them.

Youth & Community sector

9. Young People and Place Festival Fun

Greenspace Scotland celebrated the achievements of young people, youth workers and groups who have taken part in the Young Placechangers and shared the learning and toolkits from the programme.

10. New Zero Carbon Britain Resource Hub from CAT

This vital tool is designed to make it much easier for councils, communities and businesses to find information and inspiration to help them take practical action on the climate and biodiversity emergency.
Funding & News

Schools sector

1. Creative wellbeing fund. Deadline: 31 August

This fund has been created to offer six grants of £12-15K to support schools to take a creative approach to addressing wellbeing. One project will be selected in each Regional Improvement Collaborative area.

2. BBC Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge. Closes 5 July

This national competition is open to children aged 6-12, and the aim is to design a bright, buzzy garden that will attract bees and other pollinators; the winner will have their design built by RHS at an NHS Trust site.

3. Ready, steady, GO!

This summer RHET are encouraging 5-12-year-olds to have a go at some food, farming and countryside challenges.

Tertiary sector

4. COP26 Events Website - add your events!

EAUC-Scotland now has a dedicated COP26 Events website where they would like to showcase all relevant COP26 events being run by or for the FHE sector.

5. University of St Andrews Forest and Sustainability Strategy

As part of their Sustainability Strategy, the University of St Andrews have begun planting their own forest to offset 20,000 tonnes of CO2e.

6. CDN College Awards: Get your entries in by Friday 2 July!

The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION AWARD celebrates a college that has demonstrated leadership and impact in sustainability.

Youth & Community sector

7. Global Action Plan and MTV launch Flickers of the Future campaign – imagining a positive future for people and planet

This next step in the Flickers of the Future journey sees three winning film-makers Amy Harris, Jack Stanley and Bethan Moore sharing 60-second clips of new ideas featuring a more positive and sustainable future with millions of MTV followers. The idea which the MTV audience engages with the most will then be made into a short animation and shared across the MTV channels.  

8. Community Ownership Fund, UK Govt

Community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched-funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses. 

9. Deadline extended: The New York Times' Climate Hub 'Open House Day' applications

Held during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, The New York Times Climate Hub will bring together business and technology leaders, policymakers, academics, COP26 delegates and the wider community to navigate a purposeful, measurable path for our future.

10. Seven 'Climate Beacons' hubs announced across Scotland

Creative Carbon Scotland has announced seven Climate Beacons in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, the Outer Hebrides, and Tayside. 
The COP26 Climate Beacons will provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area.

RCE Global Network news

1. RCEs Explore How to Upscale Climate Action in Second RCE Global Webinar

The 2nd RCE Global Webinar, 'Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: action through learning in a time of global crises', took place on 8 June, 2021, with over 90 participants coming together to focus on taking action on the most pressing of issues: climate change. The 'Roadmap for the RCE Community 2021-2030' was launched and serves to guide the RCE community's collective actions towards the SDGs and the ESD for 2030 framework at local, national and global levels during the period 2021-2030.

2. UNESCO World Conference on ESD Wrap-up

The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development was held virtually from Berlin from 17-19 May, 2021, in cooperation with and generously supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, and with the German Commission for UNESCO as advisory partner.

3. Applications Open: 2021 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme

The theme of this year's Leadership Programme is 'Climate Change: Global issues, local actions and transdisciplinary solutions'.

Policy & Research 

1. Focus on Standards

David Innes, GTCS Convener and vice chair of ‘Aberdeen for a fairer world’, offers a brief guide to the standards and highlights the important role Scotland’s five DECs have in supporting professional learning in this area.

2. Learn for our planet:  A global review of how environmental issues are integrated in education

In light of the dramatic challenges the world is facing, there is a need to strengthen the integration of environmental issues into education in Member States.
This publication summarises the findings of a study to examine if and how environmental and climate issues are integrated into education.

3. Parks and green spaces helped us get through lockdown – but not everyone has equal access

We know that greenspaces were vital for helping people through lockdown, but research from Glasgow University reveals that access was not equal for all. The research also shows that the gap in accessing parks and greenspace is widening. Inequalities in the use of green space, and changes in the way it is being used, are likely to be associated with occupation, especially during lockdown, when certain workers were advised to work from home.

4. Opportunity - Open government and the SDGs in Scotland

The Scottish Government, in partnership with Scotland's Open Government Network, have launched an open conversation about Scotland's next Open Government Action Plan (2021-2025).

5. Do we take the benefits of nature for granted? Votes for Schools

The results from this survey feature views and opinions from over 24,000 young people across the UK; also showing results from previous years, and demographic insights into participating students.

6. Call for Abstracts: 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice 2021 (21-23 September)

They welcome submissions for oral presentations (to be included in a paper session), paper sessions and panel sessions that contribute to furthering climate justice knowledge and praxis.

1. Sustainability in the Curriculum Project Officer, EAUC-Scotland, Home-based. Closing date: 7 July

EAUC-Scotland are delighted to be recruiting for a Sustainability in the Curriculum Project Officer to join the team from September. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of and passion for education for sustainable development, and strong project management skills.

2. Sustainability Project Manager – EAUC / Central and South Scotland College Partnership. Closing date: 12 July

Hosted by the small and dynamic EAUC-Scotland Team, this new role will work between three of Scotland’s colleges to progress sustainability within governance, operations, teaching and learning and engagement activities.

3. Climate Justice Volunteering at COP26, Glasgow. Closing date: 31 July

From mobilisations to People's Summit to civil society hub - there are many ways for you to get involved.

4. Marketing Coordinator, Transition Stirling, Stirling. Closing date: 7 July

An opportunity has arisen to apply for the Transition Stirling Marketing Coordinator role, which will involve working with Transition Stirling’s Project Manager on development and implementation of Transition Stirling’s marketing strategy

5. Campaigns Support Officer, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling. Closing date: 5 July

The Campaigns Support Officer will play a key role in supporting the development, administration, and delivery of a range of campaigns, in particular Clean Up ScotlandUpstream Battle and Treasure Your River. This is a varied and interesting role that will see you assisting with activities such as engagement with community groups and stakeholders, campaign-specific communications and marketing, event organisation, campaign monitoring and data management.

6. COP26 communications and media officer, Nourish Scotland, Glasgow. Closing date: 13 July

The purpose of this role is to support Nourish team in communications and media work relating to COP26, specifically the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration and the Fork to Farm dialogues.

This month's Spotlight features...
Let’s go for ambition. Let’s go for working together. Let’s go zero.
From Inverness to Plymouth, Liverpool to Brighton, school leaders are standing alongside students and taking action to tackle the climate crisis. Every school that signs up is pledging to work towards a more sustainable future while calling for much-needed government support to help all schools reach their carbon zero goals.
By raising our voices together, we are showing the overwhelming support for zero carbon schools up and down the UK. Together we’re harnessing the power of schools and young people to drive change and spark climate action in communities across the country, reducing emissions, increasing biodiversity and safeguarding our planet for future generations.

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