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Good News Thursday #12

Good Morning! It’s a bumper issue of Good News Thursday this week so let’s get started…

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You are reading Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s weekly news platform that shares all the good LfS news from our members. If you’d like to feature in our #GNT platform, see details below.

KEEP SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL ANNOUNCES PARIS 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE CONSULTATION

In the run up to The 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) , Keep Scotland Beautiful is running a consultation, ‘Conversations about COP21’, to gather the views of the people of Scotland and other key stakeholders on the discussions that will take place in Paris.  The aim of this consultation is to get Scotland participating in the global conversations taking place around climate change in the coming months and is open until 6th November.

COP21 runs from November 30th to December 11th 2015. It is a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

You can take part in this survey by clicking HERE

Several interpretative resources on climate change have been produced by Keep Scotland Beautiful which can be accessed HERE

Following the consultation a briefing paper will be produced that will be presented to the Scottish Government to inform the delegation due to attend the COP and a report on the findings will be published. For more information please email

DYNAMIC EARTH LAUNCHES NEW WILD WEDNESDAY’S CHILDREN’S CLUB PROGRAMME

Dynamic Earth (DE) runs a subsidised children’s club on Saturday’s which aims to tackle social inclusion. Membership of the club is free and includes free access to the centre on a Saturday. The club has now opened up to include selected Wednesdays during holidays and has helped kids to enjoy some real adventures this October break.

This new endeavour looks to ‘release your inner adventurer’ encouraging kids to come explore with DE, in a structured and safe way. Kids can climb Arthur’s Seat, investigate old volcanoes, explore with all their senses and get up close and personal with bugs and beasties.

Charges for workshops currently stand at £1 for the Saturday workshops and £8.50 for the Wild Wednesdays and with hopes of gaining further funding beyond the pilot year this could well be subsidised further.

For more information check out their web page

ECO DRAMA RELEASES SHORT FILM TO WRAP UP RECENT PROJECTS

UPROOTED

Make a cuppa and sit back for ten minutes whilst enjoying a visual report on the excellent work that Eco Drama has been involved with over the summer months. As many regular readers will know – Uprooted was an outdoor theatre production for children and families which featured Scotland’s first Living Stage; a recyclable, biodegradable and edible theatre set created from locally found, reclaimed materials. The film also covers Out to Play, Eco Drama’s project exploring the role of drama and storytelling in outdoor learning.

Uprooted & Out to Play 10 Minute Documentary: https://vimeo.com/141887997

Visit their website

ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND ANNOUNCE SOCIAL MEDIA UPCYCLING CAMPAIGN

Zero Waste Scotland will be running an eight week campaign on social media to encourage waste reduction and the recycling of old furniture. It’s a completely interactive campaign with loads of great stuff to see as the campaign rolls on. They’ll be getting out and about with a series of events and holding ‘come-and-try’ upcycling sessions in Revolve stores across Scotland, and they’ll also be announcing some great interactive events where you can make an appointment with the Design Doctors, see and touch our transformed furniture and have a go at the techniques.

For full information visit their site:

Help spread the word on social media: www.facebook.com/recycleforscotland

@zerowastescot

LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK ANNOUNCE EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL GRANT

The grant aims to overcome the barrier of the high cost of travelling to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Priority will be given to schools and groups from deprived areas, those who have not visited the Park before and groups who support people with disabilities, young people, ethnic minorities and those who experience economic disadvantage or health inequality. Activities are funded that take place in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and the fund includes the cost of the ferry to Inchcailloch on Loch Lomond National Nature Reserves (NNR).

Full information is available by clicking here.

FOOD FOR LIFE CELEBRATES – READ THE EVENT REVIEW HERE. 

FINAL pathfinder montage

Stirling’s Albert Halls were filled with the sound of celebrations on Tuesday 29 September as schools and guests from around Scotland got together to share their experiences of Food for Life Scotland’s Education Framework. This special event gave the pupils, teachers and catering staff who’ve been involved in piloting the first year of the Food for Life Scotland Education Framework the opportunity to share what Food for Life means to them. As well as some inspiring presentations there were loads of fun activities for everyone to enjoy, from smoothie-making bikes to grain milling, interactive art and a soil trail. Special guest speakers included Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages; Shirley Spear, Chair of the Scottish Food Commission; and Frank Strang, Deputy Director, Food, Drink & Rural Communities. A good time was had by all as we shared our good food journeys.

Read more information here.

EUROPEAN RCE RHINE-MEUSE SHARES GOOD PRACTICE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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This European RCE shares their remarkable story of good practice from the WereDI College. This secondary school has found a way of integrating learning for sustainability in the core of their education but also doing so in direct cooperation with the finest in industry as excellent Partners in Knowledge. Read all about this story here to see ‘ESD based Education’ come to life.

General information on the cooperative OPEDUCA Project can be found on www.opeduca.eu .

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH HOSTS PROF. CHARLES HOPKINS TALK AS PART OF ‘OUR CHANGING WORLD’ 2015 PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES.

By October 2015 world leaders will have adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide global development until 2030.  In implementing these SDGs, Learning for Sustainability (LfS), highlighted in SDG Goal 4 will play a key role. Learning in sustainable development has been a cornerstone of global efforts to address issues such as dangerous climate change since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Its importance was recognised by the creation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 – 2014), and reaffirmed at the Decade’s end with the adoption of the new LfS Global Action Programme by the UN General Assembly.  Scotland has committed significantly to the SDGs and to LfS in formal education, as well as in other sectors.

This lecture will reflect on global LfS developments, and consider LfS in the UN SDGs and the Global Action Programme from a Scottish and UK perspective.

Visit the website for more information

AND FINALLY…. LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY SCOTLAND, SCOTLAND’S REGIONAL CENTRE OF EXPERTISE IN EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – REACHES A NEW LEVEL OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. 

Learning for Sustainability Scotland has now reached a wonderful 400 individual members across Scotland. We are a network organisation and aim to create a strong, collaborative and positive network of LfS practitioners across the country. We are delighted that each and every one of you has joined up to our values and aims and is committed to working together to create a more sustainable world.

To each and every one of you – thank you and we very much look forward to working with you in the future.

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Good News Thursday…

…is a new weekly platform for you – LfS Scotland’s members – to celebrate the great work that our members have been doing. Let us shout it from the mountain tops to over 900 people across Scotland. If you have some good news you’d like to share, please email Abi Cornwall, Development Officer. Please remember you have to be members of LfS Scotland for inclusion. Not sure if you’re a member? Click here for details.