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Web Developer - we are looking for a volunteer web developer to join our website team. This is your chance to help spread the word about environmental education and to become involved in developing our exciting, revamped website which will not only give information about NAEE and our work, but also act as a 'hub' for other organisations in the field, particularly smaller, local groups.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are looking for NAEE members to join our Executive Board, particularly those with knowledge and experience in the following areas:
* the built environment * secondary education * higher education*
Basic expenses covered, including travel expenses for NAEE meetings and events.
We are always looking for article writers for our e-journal 'Environmental Education'. If you have recently carried out a successful project, read an inspiring book that you would like to review, or have something to say about environmental education, please get in touch: email@example.com.
Saturday 15th October 2011
Midlands Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham
All members are welcome to attend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Future of Environmental Education in Birmingham
On Saturday 19th February, NAEE's Sue Fenoughty gave a very inspiring and well-received talk at a conference about the future of Environmental Education in Birmingham (which could apply to any local area). Click here to download a copy of the presentation. (Please note: this is a Microsoft PowerPoint file.)
Environmental Education blog
NAEE document - Positive Action
This handbook aims to help the school and the local community to understand the environmental reasons behind the need to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, with ideas for reducing their harmful impact on the environment guided by the principles of "care for oneself, care for others, and care for the environment". For more information, and to order this publication, please contact the NAEE office or click here.
The Green Corridor
NAEE see environmental education as being the 'green corridor' from which the eight doorways for a sustainable school lead. Click here to see a pictorial representation of this concept.
(The document is in PDF format)
NAEE petition to include Environmental Education in the National Curriculum
On 17 May 2009, a group from the NAEE executive took the above petition to 10 Downing Street, along with letters to Gordon Brown from both our chair, Norman Farmer, and 11-year-old Danny Gregory, who obtained over 300 signatures from the teachers and pupils at his school!
Click here to read an article from our Autumn 2008 journal about the petition, which includes details of the Government's response.
NAEE document - Environmental Education & Every Child Matters
(The document is in PDF format)
Correspondents and Case Studies
The Editorial Board of the NAEE journal 'Environmental Education' invites readers and members, particularly those who live in places such as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire, and overseas, to send in articles. We are also interested in short pieces, maximum 200-300 words, of what has worked/what hasn’t and why. Editorial assistance provided. Topics of particular interest: marine education, urban and historical settings. Email: Henricus.email@example.com.
Companies or groups to sponsor pages or issues of the NAEE journal
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
NEWS FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS
Road to Rio+20
Road to Rio+20 is the global youth mobilization towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. They aim to mobilize, inspire, empower and support young people to take action on issues of sustainable development and influence the outcomes of Rio+20. For information about their work and upcoming events, join their mailing list at www.roadtorioplus20.org.
Bugs Count - join the nationwide bug hunt
Bugs Count is a year-long project being run by the Natural History Museum to help investigate how the built environment affects invertebrates. Find as many bugs as you can in their timed challenges and keep a special eye out for the six Species Quest bugs. Your findings will help scientists learn more about the distribution of invertebrates across the country and how the urban environment may be affecting them.
For more information, or to download the resources to take part, visit www.opalexplorenature.org/bugscount.
Discount book offer for NAEE members: ‘Kids in the Wild Garden: Fun Activities for the Great Outdoors’
Black Dog Publishing have kindly offered NAEE members a 40% discount on all orders for their books ‘Kids in the Garden’ and ‘Kids in the Wild Garden’.
Following the huge success of Kids in the Garden, Kids in the Wild Garden is a fresh and playful book brimming with colourful ideas, experiments, projects, recipes and games for children of all ages.
Click here to view a press release with more information about the books.
To order Kids in the Wild Garden and/or Kids in the Garden
Guidelines for Global Climate Change Education from North American Association of Environmental Education [NAAEE]
These have been written for the K12 (Kindergarten to 12th Grade) system of education in North American context, but could be adapted for climate change education in UK primary and secondary schools. Click here to read this information.
Tipton Litter Watch wins Queen’s Award
Congratulations to Tipton Litter Watch, based in the West Midlands, for receiving the Queen's award for voluntary service in 2009. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was launched in 2002 and is equivalent in status to an MBE. The organisation won the award for their ‘Think Before You Throw’ environmental education programme which works in partnership with young people, local schools and education centres across Sandwell to teach the importance of sustainability directly to an target audience of 32,000 young people. Click here for more information.
The CJS (Countryside Jobs Service) Focus on Urban Greenspace is now online. It carries details of a large number of Training Providers, events and courses, plus 9 pages of articles, information and contacts. Focus can be viewed from http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Focus/Information.htm.
'Mud Between Your Toes' at the Eden ProjectA programme to encourage children to spend more time outside and combat the increasing alienation from their environment.
The current Mud Between Your Toes activities consist of: schools programmes exploring local wildlife places, outdoor activities and survival skills courses run by Eden and the Bishop’s Forum Activity Centre, a major research programme to promote nature based play, and den building activities at Eden. For more information, visit www.edenproject.com/our-work/people/mud-between-your-toes/index.php.
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
Jamie Oliver backs new ‘edible playground’ project
Jamie Oliver has announced he will be backing a project by green charity Trees for Cities to encourage school gardening initiatives that will get kids growing and eating their own food. Described as an 'edible playground' project, the scheme will give school children the opportunity to connect the food they eat with where it comes from. “This is a great way for children to learn about plants, especially fruit and vegetables and herbs and how good food grows," said Oliver, also a patron of the charity. Click here for more information.
Will houses of the future be made of straw?
Researchers at the University of Bath are building a house made of straw and hemp on campus to test how they perform as building materials.
Straw and hemp are the ultimate environmentally-friendly building materials – they are totally renewable and because they absorb CO2 as they grow, buildings made from it can have a tiny or even negative carbon footprint.
For more information, visit www.bath.ac.uk/features/balehaus/.
Soil Association Petition to help save honeybees
The Soil Association have an online petition, calling for the Government to ban neonicotinoids, which are pesticides that affect honeybees’ behaviour. Click here for more information, or to sign the petition.
Explore how the programme of study for Key Stage 2 topics can be taken outside - DT, Art and Design, Literacy and Music. http://magazines.scholastic.co.uk/content/7091
Some great starting points on how you and your students can make your school buildings more sustainable. http://www.engagingplaces.org.uk/home.
DCSF ‘Top Tips to reduce waste in schools’ latest version available
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