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August 2019


Welcome to the August edition of the Learning for Sustainability e-bulletin. 

A recurring theme this month is collaborative projects - groups are increasingly realising the importance of working together to help solve the global environmental problems, which have no boundaries. 

Some great examples are the Scotland Malawi Partnership Schools Forum, Connecting Classrooms, Inter-generational Training for Trainers, Global Climate Letter, and many more inspirational projects - read all about them below! 

Best Wishes, 

Norah Barnes,
Bulletin Editor

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NEWS & EVENTS from LfS Scotland

Update from the Learning for Sustainability Scotland Steering Group 

We have welcome sunshine, with real heat and a blue sky! The bees are busy and small clouds of hoverflies have appeared, with a high pitched buzzing around the flowers. But it seems too much to bear, and by the evening, the pressure of the heat has intensified, storm clouds are building and there is a release in dramatic thunderstorms. Heavy rain washes away the dust of the day, and we have seen lightning set the short darkness ablaze. This drama seems reflected in human activities; our young people continue to rise in clouds and pollinate ideas of change and our politicians create storms galore.

At LfS Scotland we have adopted a summer mode, attending gatherings and growing our projects for the academic year to come. In early July we attended the  UK and Ireland Regional Centres of Expertise in ESD event, hosted by RCE Cymru at Swansea University. There are plans for increased partnership and collaboration, read more about them here. 

Global RCE is providing funding  for two of our Steering Group members to attend the European RCE meeting next month,  exploring Climate change, sustainable agriculture and food security. This will be a chance to share activies in Scotland, learn from others and  explore possibilities for European partnership and collaboration . Many of our members are working on some aspects of these themes, please send us your thoughts

You can now find detailed information about the partnership Connecting Classrooms programme for Scotland on our website. Can you help? We’re looking for ideas on the best way to spread the word about the exciting new #ConnectingClassrooms through Global Learning programme. Click here to tell us yours and enter the prize draw. before it closes on 20th September. There are also still some spaces left on our  Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability online course for teachers, starting on 13th September.

Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) is inviting collaboration with SDG Network Scotland members to develop calls for funding proposals that will support knowledge exchange (via workshops, seminars and other activities) relating to the
UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is a real opportunity to shape the funding call and inject , sign up to join a webinar on 6th August where you can hear and share ideas. 

For those of you travelling, please bring back ideas and inspiration from afar. For those of you working, stay cool. Everyone, watch out for lightning strikes and remember that a storm can clear the air. 

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

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

1. The Big Climate Conversation Public Workshops, various venues, July - Sept
Did you know that Scotland has declared a climate emergency? Over the summer, the Scottish Government will be hosting a programme of events for the public to give their thoughts on what Scotland is doing and what it needs to do to combat the global issue of climate change. 

2. Zero Waste Scotland Campaign Open Day, Glasgow - 12th Aug, Inverness- 13th Aug
ZWS has a range of campaigns for you to get involved in - Recycle Scotland, Love Food Hate Waste, Scotland Deposit Return Scheme, and more. Come along to one of their workshops to hear about the research and development of them, and see  new materials and toolkits.

3. “Your Peace, Our Place” Wellbeing event, The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Fife, Sat 17th Aug
The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn is breaking new ground in creating Fife’s first health and wellbeing event. It’s going to be a day filled with talks to inspire and inform, treatments, workshops, foodie areas; taster fitness classes, and a myriad of eco and craft stallholders.

4. Summer Weekender Event, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Wiston Lodge, Biggar, 16-18th August
A three day festival full of workshops, trainings and speakers.The agenda will cover many aspects of environmental and climate justice including air pollution, divestment, climate change and migration, plastics and the circular economy, sustainable agriculture, and much more! 

5. Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century, 5 September, Glasgow
SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) is the leading membership organisation for local authority and public sector leadership in the UK. This year's theme is in reimagining leadership.

6. Intergenerational Training for Trainers and Practitioners, Fife, 5th September, Dumfries - 24th Sept, Stornoway - 5th Nov
This training provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.

7.  Take One Action Film Festival, Edinburgh and Glasgow, 18 - 29th September
Another fantastic line-up of films, workshops and events for the 12th edition of the Film Festival.  Through film screenings, conversation and enquiry, it brings people together to inspire a fairer, more sustainable and more fulfilling world.

8. Scotland's Climate Week 2019, 7-13 October, Scotland wide
This year, private, public and third sector organisations will be encouraged to take part in the 7-day initiative to increase engagement and drive climate change action. 

9.  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. There are opportunities to win awards – it would be great to see a Scottish organisation winning! Email here

Schools Sector

10. Scotland Malawi Partnership Schools’ Forums, Glasgow - 28th Aug, Edinburgh - 29th Aug
Want to hear more about school partnerships with Malawi and Learning for Sustainability? Come along to one of our FREE schools’ forums in August! These events are a great opportunity to meet other teachers from your area with school partnerships or an interest in Malawi.

11. The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) , 25 - 27th September, Glasgow
The SLF is organised by Education Scotland and is the biggest professional learning event for Scottish education which aims to inspire, innovate and inform great educational practice. 

Tertiary Sector

12. Supporting University Social Responsibility through Student-Centred Learning, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Friday 16th August
The project provided students with opportunities to work in diverse international teams of students at UK, Portugal and Lithuania.Universities. This event will review the project and discuss how this project and type of learning can be taken forward.

13. "The Elephants in the Room"-EAUC Scotland Conference, Glasgow, 26th Nov
This Conference aims to address some of the most difficult issues facing the sector and come up with real solutions to tackle them. EAUC are still looking for speakers so if you or someone you know has any views they would like to share on the big challenges then get in touch.

Community Sector
14. Community Development Alliance Scotland, Community Development – Tackling Inequalities? Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 10th Sep
The Annual Conference will explore the challenges and opportunities we fall ace in relation to the reality and rhetoric of equality in modern Scotland. Our goal is to be a progressive, innovative nation and we will be exploring how we can create a more socially just and equal society. 

15. Challenge Poverty Week: 7-13th October
Organised by the Poverty Alliance, Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity to raise our voices against poverty and show what needs to be done to tackle poverty across Scotland. Various events and workshops throughout Scotland. 

Courses & Workshops

Courses & Workshops in Scotland

1. Understanding Advocacy, Edinburgh, 11-12 September
Join like-minded organisations for a practical, hands-on, 2 day workshop that will support participants to develop an advocacy strategy and effectively communicate an advocacy message. Hosted by Bridge 47 & IDEAS, Funding for travel and accommodation is available.

Schools Sector

2. Global Citiizenship and School Partnerships, Glasgow 28th Aug, Edinburgh 29th Aug
Work in an education setting and interested in finding out more about Global Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and school partnerships?  Sessions will include practical advice from local teachers and Development Education Centre staff on how schools can help embed Learning for Sustainability across the curriculum.

3. Messy Maths: An outdoor, playful approach, Edinburgh, 30th August
In this practical course (half of which will take place outdoors), you will explore the rationale behind using outdoor play as a key approach to building the foundations of maths, along with a host of practical ways of making this happen.

4.  Making Connections through Learning for Sustainability, 13 Sept
This facilitated online course for 3-18 yrs educators is offered in Scotland over 6 weeks (Level 2), 10 weeks (Level 3) or towards GTCS Professional Recognition (Level 4) as part of the new international Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning  programme.

5. Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leader Awards (FOLA) -  SCQF levels 5 to 8, October
Bookings now open for the Fife residential course starting in October 2019. Find out more information about dates, cost and course details online.

Tertiary Sector

6. Carbon Literary Training for the Further and Higher Education Sector, Edinburgh, 17th September
A Carbon Literacy course is a day's worth of learning on climate change and is a great way to ensure you or your staff have the knowledge and skills to get involved in your organisation's low carbon journey.

7. Common Cause: Understanding values to change the world, University of Edinburgh, 8th October 
This full day of training will help you understand values, and how you can tap into them in how you communicate with others to create different responses to sustainability challenges.  This workshop will help you learn to use values to inform effective action.

Community Sector

8. Carbon Literacy for Communities - Thurso, 21st and 22nd August
Over the two-days we’ll cover the basics of climate science, look at current and likely impacts of a changing climate, explore how to communicate climate change, look at where carbon emissions come from and explore ways to encourage and support communities to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.


Courses Outside Scotland

1. Learning for Sustainability facilitation and leadership Course, Stroud, 7 - 8th Sept and November
Sustainability requires us to live and work differently and this involves social learning in facilitated groups where new ideas and practices can be created together. This course is about enabling you to run creative, facilitated events and workshops for change.T

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

1. SDGs A Guide for Teachers
This new Guide has now been published on the Oxfam Education website. Packed with practical advice, useful information, cross-curricular activity ideas and inspiring case studies, this guide aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of education about and for the SDGs. 

2. Case Study for Global Partnership Schools
Muthill Primary School have recently returned from a visit to their Ghanaian partner school (the Juliet Johnston School) of 14 years. As well as taking action on the campaigning for various SDGs, they wrote and filmed a joint song video which can be viewed on the link above. 



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Schools Sector

1. Loose Parts Play Toolkit
This is the latest edition of the loose parts play toolkit just published, with an emphasis on caring for the environment and thinking sustainably. 

2. WWF Resources on Sustainability 
WWF have partnered with Times Education Supplement to create a series of new resources for teachers and leaders of 7-11 year olds, who want to put ESD at the heart of their school. The first two resources, ‘Oceans and Plastics Pollution’ and ‘An Introduction to Biomimicry: learning from nature’ are now available free to download.

3. SEEd Resources
Sustainability and Environmental Education has a large list of resources for different ESD topics and links to related organisations. 

4. Citizens’ Rights and Brexit Resource Pack
In partnership with the European Parliament, Young Citizens have produced a new classroom resource which focuses on the following five areas: Brexit the UK and the EU, Freedom of movement, Worker’s rights, Health care and social security and Higher education.

Community Sector 

5. Ideas for Waste Projects in Your Community

Zero Waste Scotland supports the work of community groups through various projects and funding programmes, They have put together this page with some ideas of waste-related projects you might want to consider for a community project. 

Funding & News

Funding / News

1. Call for Circular Economy Bill
Scottish Environment LINK has published a call for a strong circular economy bill for Scotland and they are inviting organisations to sign-up to this.  It is essential for us if we are to meet SDG 12 as well as contributing to a number of the other goals.

2. Winners of short film Competition
The winners of the SNH  “why invest in nature?” short film competition last month, were recently announced.The overall winner was Gregory Vaux’s short film “The Nature of Farming” and can be seen, along with the other category winners and specially commended videos on the competition’s YouTube playlist.

Schools Sector

3. Local School Nature Grants
Did you know our Local School Nature Grants scheme is still open and ready for you to apply? Simply fill in our online application to be in with a chance of securing £500 worth of outdoor resources for your school and specialist training. 


Tertiary Sector
4. Students Organising for Sustainability 
The National Union of Students (NUS), has taken their work to a new international level by creating a brand new non-profit organization. Launched in April, Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) International is co-founded with Danish and Irish national students’ unions.

It aims to get half of all national unions of students across Europe collaborating and innovating on sustainability by 2022, and afterwards reach out to the rest of the world.

5. Global Climate Letter 
100 further and higher education institutions across the globe have already signed the Global Climate Letter and we would like to encourage more members to show their support for this international initiative and collectively step up to the challenge.


6. New Bottling Scheme
The University of St Andrews has pioneered a new green bottling scheme that is projected to save 40,000 plastic bottles from entering circulation each year. In partnership with BRITA, the University has installed a glass bottling system to provide bottled water, and have also installed self-service still and sparkling water dispensing units in its three retail cafés.

7. International Green Gown Awards Winners
The winners of the 2019 International Green Gown Awards were announced on 10th July 2019  in New York as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum. The Awards provide benchmarks for excellence and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We would like to congratulate Glasgow Kelvin College and University of Edinburgh for being Highly Commended in the Student Engagement, and Sustainability Institution of the Year categories respectively.




RCE Global Network news

Global Network news

1.  Europe Regional Meeting, Greece,  13-14 Sept 2019
Under the theme 'Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security', the meeting will provide a regional platform to discuss, debate and launch activities that reinforce the fundamental role that education plays in achieving a sustainable future in the region.


2. Lessons learned from five years of the GAP
60 Global Action Programme (GAP) Key Partners met in Ha Noi to discuss lessons learned from five years of GAP implementation. The meeting also served as an opportunity to obtain suggestions for the implementation of the new ESD for 2030 framework.

Schools Sector

3. Learning and Teaching for Peaceful and Sustainable Societies
Bringing together more than 350 experts, practitioners and policy-makers from 100 countries for a two-day forum which explored the theme of Learning and teaching for peaceful and sustainable societies, the 2019 UNESCO forum on ESD and Global Citizenship Education, in Ha Noi, Viet Nam focused on the cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural dimensions of ESD and GCED in pre-primary, primary and secondary education.

4. Guidebook on Education for Sustainable Development for Educators: Effective teaching and learning in teacher education institutions in Africa

This guide has been conceived as a tool to mainstream sustainability into all aspects of teacher education in Africa, with useful information concerning teaching, learning and assessment approaches to help achieve the ESD goals.

Tertiary Sector

5. COPERNICUS Alliance Hosts Virtual Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, 9-11 September

The COPERNICUS Alliance, the European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, is organising its first online conference entitled 'Reaching out for the stars: Consolidating the HESD constellation'. And better yet – it is free of charge and carbon-free!

6. A New Collaboration Charter for the RCEs of the UK and Ireland 

Collaboration was the main theme for a group of RCEs based in the UK and Ireland when they gathered for a meeting at Swansea University, Wales (hosted by RCE Cymru/Wales) in early July 2019. A key outcome of the meeting was to develop a charter to facilitate further collaboration and partnership.

Policy, Governance & Research

Policy, Governance & Research

Schools Sector

1. Be Kind, Curious and Brave - A Survival Guide to the 21st Century
This report from Towards Global Learning Goals, a non-profit organisation, argues that a revolution is needed in terms of how and what humans learn. It sets out nine global learning goals, and highlighting champions who will help deliver the transformation of learning. 

Tertiary Sector

2Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector
The second SDG Accord Report was launched recently by the Global Alliance – a partnership of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks.

Key findings of the 2019 Progress Reports were shared at Influence, the EAUC’s 2019 Annual Conference. Find the session resources here.


1. Waste Senior Project Officer (Communities), Changeworks, Edinburgh 

Changeworks is looking for an exceptional person to set up and coordinate pilot recycling projects. You will have experience of setting-up and leading the delivery of successful projects combined with experience of developing and maintaining positive relationships with partners and stakeholders.

Closing date for applications:  14 August 2019


2. Conservation Officer, RSPB, Glasgow
In this varied role you will respond to planning and forestry casework, provide advice directly to land managers, coordinate and undertake surveys, and help deliver conservation projects. You will be an enthusiastic team player with a passion for nature and a commitment to protect some of Scotland's most important areas for wildlife.  

Closing date: 30 August 2019

3. Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery / Project Delivery Support, Sustrans, Edinburgh

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle.  Sustrans Scotland is seeking to recruit a number of people with a passion for place and urban design to join our Infrastructure team.

We are seeking candidates from a range of backgrounds including urban design, landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, community engagement and behaviour change, amongst others. 

Closing date: Monday, 12th August 2019  


This month's Spotlight features...

 One World Learning network

OWL is a network of education professionals who believe that nature education is vital in order to inspire and empower individuals and communities to live sustainably.

Environmental issues cannot be contained within borders therefore we work transnationally to support organisations and individuals to create and deliver high quality learning through nature programmes.

You can join this friendly, passionate network for free and receive:

  • Access to 6 action guides with educational resources for engaging youth and schools with environmental education through a number of different topics such as the science of birds, school grounds and the curriculum.
  • Be invited to participate in webinars to discuss challenges and solutions facing those working in environmental education
  • Learn the latest research on the most effective methods of engaging with nature
  • Network with other environmental and educational organisations working in environmental education to learn from each other’s experiences and develop collaborations!

To find out more and join the network, visit their website.

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

These pics are of a street children's project 14th birthday party in Cambodia, that Irene Megaw has been involved with. Irene stated " My husband first volunteered 13 years ago and introduced me 4 years ago to the amazing work they have achieved and we return annually to continue to support in any ways we can. This project is funded through donations globally, Scotland included. 

15 years ago the older children were walking around Siem Reap begging from tourists. Now they are confident, educated (many university graduates and attendees too) and happy. Not only that the project has helped set up micro businesses for the parents too and has helped break the cycle of poverty that 150 children lived in."

Irene Megaw, The Royal High Primary School, Edinburgh

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