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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Online Courses, Workshops & Webinars
Please check with relevant organisations for up to date info
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Scotland, Upstream 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.
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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