Good News Thursday #14

Good News Thursday #14

Thu 12th November 2015 - News

Good Morning! Let’s start the day with some good news!

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.

SCOTLAND’S ENVIRONMENT WEB LAUNCHES NEW ‘OUR ENVIRONMENT’ COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Scotland’s Environment Web, in partnership with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Keep Scotland Beautiful, Young Scot & Education Scotland have developed an exciting competition for young people who care about environmental issues and want to make a difference to their local community.

Open to those of primary & secondary age living in Scotland, entries are welcome from individuals, school classes, clubs or group. Winners of each category will win £100 with the overall winning entry receiving £1000 and a nomination for the Young Scot Awards.

For more information have a look here.

PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION’S ‘CHILDREN IN PERMACULTURE’ PROJECT IS AWARDED €250,000 FOR 3 YEAR PROJECT & CALL FOR RESOURCES

Exciting times for educators, parents and children! There are 7 partner organisations from Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK.  The 2 UK organisations are the Permaculture Association (Britain) and Gatehouse Primary School in Dumfries & Galloway.

  • strengthen the education & training paths of educators,
  • provide high quality learning opportunities to educators and children,
  • increase fresh air, exercise & healthy eating,
  • deepen understanding of ecology & natural science,
  • stimulate all of the multiple intelligences,
  • deepen connection to and understanding of nature,
  • greater awareness of different people, cultures and traditions,
  • improved knowledge and skills to promote care for ourselves and others,
  • better understanding of the environmental consequences of one’s actions, and
  • improved physical and mental health.

They are currently working on their website where you can sign up for the newsletter.

Resources Required…

The next big task is to research resources which people are using to share permaculture with children, e.g. lesson plans, websites, videos, curricula, case studies etc, and write a research paper on our findings. Please share with us anything you think we may find useful.

Email: scotland@permacutlure.org.uk or Facebook: Children in Permaculture.

LATEST ISSUE OF GTCS MAGAZINE DISCUSSES WHAT LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY MEANS IN PRACTICE.

Senior Education Officer Ellen Doherty & Professor Peter Higgins from University of Edinburgh explore how to prepare youngsters for an uncertain future through Learning for Sustainability in the latest issue of ‘Teaching in Scotland’. Read the full article here.

LATEST ISSUE OF STRIDE NOW AVAILABLE.

Stride, the global citizenship magazine for schools, has launched its most recent edition online. Click here for further information and to sign up to receive it straight to your inbox.

AND FINALLY…. LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY SCOTLAND (LFS SCOTLAND) LAUNCHES NEW BLOG.

Welcome to the LfS Scotland Blog. As the United Nations University recognized regional centre of expertise on ESD, the new blog page will be the place to go to read critical viewpoints and challenging opinion pieces from a range of forward thinking practitioners and academics in and around the learning for sustainability community.

The blog page will play host to articles written from a range of individuals connected to LfS Scotland. Individual members as well as those sitting on the steering group will be invited to take part as well as critical friends of LfS Scotland from the local, national and global communities.

Our blog is launched by Prof. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in ESD who shares his thoughts on creating a strategy regarding education and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read it here.

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.