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.

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.

A comprehensive resource bank for teaching climate change

I am delighted to announced that a comprehensive and in-depth set of resources linked to the Geography syllabus about climate change is now available via the Geographical Assoication. They come complete with teachers notes, student worksheets, glossaries and links to further reading/resources.

Original art produced for 'The Phoenix' by Laila Arêde.

Teachers: we have climate-anxious youngsters, but can we do something about it

An excerpt from an article that I wrote for 'The Phoenix', a newletter by climate journalist Eric Holthaus, which focusses "most closely on humanizing this planetary emergency: being transparent about the challenges we’re facing and the complex emotions we’re all feeling, and being honest about what we need to do to radically transform our society." The banner image is original art produced for 'The Phoenix' by Laila Arêde.

Bridger Foothills Fire [Video]

An unscheduled Geogramblings vlog and post in reaction to an incident taking place at a location that is very dear to me. The Bridger Foothills Fire ignited on 4th September 2020, and overnight it expanded rapidly from 400 to 7000 acres, consuming the eastern side of the southern end of the Bridger Mountains just outside of Bozeman, Montana. This is not only an opportunity to provide some geography education on the causes, conditions, impacts and responses, but also my way of helping a community I'm connected to (but can't be present in right now) - by helping to spread the word to anyone who may wish to contribute towards fundraisers that will help members of the community get back on their feet.

Climate Attribution and the Australian Bushfires

#Climate Attribution & the #AustraliaBushfires - Can we blame #climatechange? Ft @BBCWorld's #DigitalPlanet, @ClimateSignals @CarbonBrief @Jennnnnn_x. Thx to @Weatherquest_uk for supporting my first video! Check it out 🙂

Geographical Decade Review: 2010-2019 (Part 2)

#GeographyTeacher #DecadeInReview 2010-19 (Pt 2) - Nos 5 to 1 in my top-ten run-down of noteworthy 'geographical' items of the past decade. Ft. @StrikeClimate @BirdgirlUK @BBCWorld #DigitalPlanet @Gapminder @MetOffice @ClimateSignals

Not by halves: The IPCC’s Special Report 15

Climate scientists report that now 'a half' is more important than ever, not to be done by halves. Sustainable development, particular energy, has a large role to play. Featuring @WEMCouncil, @IPCC_CH, @ConnectSDGs, @TheEnergyMix #icem2019denmark

Your thoughts: Interactive climate & energy visual tool

A 'mini' placement has me looking into a useful climate and energy visualisation tool. Calling for feedback on making it a potentially effective educational resource! Featuring: @WEMCouncil, @CopernicusECMWF