A long review of 2020. A combination of geography, education and personal matters. I could have just done a typical geographical 'review of the year', but feel that given the year has turned out the way it has, I cannot seperate it from my personal journey. Also I need to get my thoughts and feelings out there. If this is not for you to read, because you're only here for the geography or the education-side of things, then that's ok - the majority of you follow me for that reason. So if you're 'getting off the bus' now, then I wish you a Happy New Year and renewed strength and relience going forward. While one or more challenges may subside, others will take their place.
An article was written for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) "Ideas From Teachers" blog. Student leadership and youth empowerment has always been a core component of my approach to teaching, and I learned to recognise and move from ‘tokenism’ leadership towards ‘partnership’. Here’s my experience, which may give you some encouragement and ideas to hand over the reins yourself.
The #GAConf21 Organising Committee can now confirm that the conference will be held online. Rest assured that the discussions taking place aims to turn a set-back into an opportunity to put on a great event.
A performance piece inspired by young people for the Youth Climate Summit 2020. Written, performed and produced by Kit Rackley. Watch the performance , and click on the links embedded in the lyrics to explore case-studies of positive climate action by young people.
👈 BACK TO POEM Because there “is no Planet-B”They rightly declare each FridayThe young and their allies know what’s a stakeThis is a climate emergency “Climate-related events that really gave me hope were the UK Youth Climate School Strikes.” says Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Chara. “Seeing so many people come together to fight for our … Continue reading Why Not Now?: There is no Planet B
👈 BACK TO POEM Together? What about three-hundred? Farmers, landowners, conservationists Will partner with you on a Brecon Beacon’s bluff Just faith and trust is all it takesFollow in their footsteps, set off a chain reactionAnd restore nature away from the rough Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Hana had the privilege of taking part in the … Continue reading Why Not Now?: The Penpont Project
👈 BACK TO POEM You’re the soul of the community and so Become the centre of it too Join, lead, run an event Pick up litter, clean that river One of the Youth Climate Summit Ambassadors is demonstrating how you can combine creativity with sustainably by setting up her own clothes shop. But rather than … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Mother Nature’s fashion show
👈 BACK TO POEM You’re the soul of the community and so Become the centre of it too Join, lead, run an event Pick up litter, clean that river Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Ella has been to a few events, one being an Extinction Rebellion (XR) litter picking rally in Richmond along the River Thames, … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Litter picking and cleaning rivers
👈 BACK TO POEM A game of how many trees can you plant A race to twenty-five or forty Saplings to be nurtured In fields of shrubs and glorious mud A number of Youth Climate Summit Ambassadors have got their hands dirty with planting trees. In particular, Alexandra set herself a challenge with how many … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Forests and Forest Schools
👈 BACK TO POEM And you’re doing it in styleWith art, creativity and skill Working with the Horsham Youth Eco Forum and National Trust, Youth Climate Summit Ambassador Max has got up to plenty of things. As well as writing newsletters about climate issues, they have been taking part in one of the many citizen … Continue reading Why Not Now?: Doing it in style