Examples of climate and energy data visualisations and how they can be used in the classroom

An article written for the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC). It is becoming increasingly common place that education departments of governments around the world are including climate change in statutory policy. One such example is the recently released Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems by the UK … Continue reading Examples of climate and energy data visualisations and how they can be used in the classroom

Coffee & Geography: Learning from everyday conversations (GAConf22 Session)

Started as a pandemic ‘comfort project’ but growing into something so much more, Coffee and Geography was a podcast where I simply chatted to people. These chats led to exploring connections and intersections through a geographical lens, but also helped to broaden my horizons, check my own privilege, and bring back some faith in humanity. Bring a brew and come and find out what I’ve learnt, which can be useful anecdotes and aids in the classroom, from these ‘everyday’ conversations.

GAConf22 Coffee & Geography Special!

A few days ago I attended, in person, my first Geographical Association Annual Conference since 2019. The same was true of all other geography educators, since the last two had been totally online. This conference is for geography teachers, academics, exhibitors and students. It is always a wonderful event. Now that I have a podcast, I took the opportunity of grabbing my mobile recording equipment and doing a bit of recording for you all! Enjoy the listen.

The IPCC AR6 WG2 Report: A Teachers’ Guide

This is part 2 of my teachers' guide for the IPCC's 6th Assessment (AR6) on climate change. Part 1 covered the report released last year on the updated science on climate change. Now the IPCC's Working Group 2 (WG2) report, focusing on the impacts of climate change, is out. Having completed a read of the report myself, I can say with some morbidness but conviction, that the terms climate crisis and climate emergency are well and truly justified.

The DfE Draft Strategy on Climate Change & Sustainability Education: A Head’s Up & A Head Start

Many say that COP26 ended last November with not much to cheer about. But it did give us educators plenty food for thought. Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi gave encouraging sentiments regarding the Department for Education’s (DfE) plans to improve climate change and sustainability education in England. A draft strategy has been published and here I will offer a brief overview with some light analysis and what schools can do to get a head-start.

Climate Change in Sci-Fi: Featuring the Great Derelict Podcast

COP26 ended this week, and it was more blah-blah-blah from those in power. It is fitting, therefore, in the spirit of the inspiring youth, marginalised populations and their allies who made their presence felt in Glasgow, that this blog is about hopes, dreams and fantasy regarding climate change. I took part in a wonderful, geeky, but also poignant chat about climate change in Sci-Fi, and decided it was such a great discussion that I wanted to type up bits about it for the blog.

European award for Climate Change GIS! (and other teachable goodies)

Find out whether a GIS for schools using climate data which I helped develop won an award from Copernicus ECMWF. But also check out the other amazing nominations that a teachers could use in the classroom.

Gridserve Braintree: The world’s first forecourt for electric vehicles [On location]

The world's first forecourt for electric vehicles has more to it than meets the eye! If you are interested in, or teach, issues regarding transport, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, elecrtric vehicles and renewable energy, then you are not going to want to miss this! This video blog was filmed on-location at the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt outside of Braintree, Essex, UK.

Purchasing (electrical) power parity!

Today, after just 3 years of ownership, my #ElectricCar has paid for itself. How on earth did it manage that? I crunch the numbers...

Front cover artwork for the IPCC AR6 WG1 Report by Alisa Singer

The IPCC AR6 WG1 Report: A Teachers’ Guide

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the long awaited Working Group 1 report of it's 6th Assessment. We need to remember this date. It will be the day history looks back on, indicating that the final warning claxon to avoid the worst of climate change began sounding from scientists. This post does not offer a commentary on the report, but rather what teachers and students can make of it, as they need to know who the IPCC are and the work they do.