April 22 resources for Primary and the Early Years
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and is the perfect occasion to get the school community together to raise environmental awareness. Jan Homden has compiled ideas & resources in a free PDF suitable for children from the Early Years through Upper Elementary / Primary
A guide to strategic planning
Paul Cabrelli recently explored the idea of “sustainability in schools” as a speaker at the COBIS conference for for Bursars, HR Managers and HR staff at St. Julian’s School, arguing that this is a 21st Century issue that must not be ignored.
This is the ultimate teaching and learning resource. Students of French, history, literature, media studies, science, biology, the environment . . . . and leadership will be totally absorbed. The winner of the 1987 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, is based on the original book by Jean Giono, also reviewed in ITM.
Green Hope conference
In a build up to the International Day of Peace on September 21st , youth organisation Green Hope conducted an epoch conference cum workshop on “Peace and Sustainability”. Kehkashan Basu Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council reports.
Biodiversity conservation conference
Youth sustainability organization, Green Hope UAE, conducted an epic two-day conference to commemorate World Environment Day, echoing the call to put biodiversity conservation at the forefront of the sustainable development agenda.
COP21, the 21st Congress of the Parties for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, concluded with cheers, hugs and a general sense of euphoria. It was agreed by 195 nations to attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the global average temperature to a rise “well below” 2C (3.6F) compared to pre-industrial levels – a level of warming deemed to be the point when dangerous climate change could threaten life on Earth. Peter Milne explores a vital avenue towards sustaining the momentum of COP21.
Early years education for sustainable development
When we look at the world, we see a huge divide between those who have practically nothing and those who have so much. One aspect of this divide is the issue of waste; not only the amount of waste created, but the attitudes people have towards it. Pete Milne thinks it is important that children in the early years are given opportunities to develop their environmental thinking.
Despite the demands of teaching overseas, Robin Nagy wanted to do more. His concern for the plight of endangered species and threatened rainforests prompted him to launch a new venture. In an endearingly understated account, Robin sheds light on the successes and challenges of the Sumatran environmental projects.
In life it is rare to discover a book that is truly “life-changing”. Silent Spring was just that for Dr Samia Al-Farra. Dr Samia explains how an inspired choice changed her view of the world and opened her eyes to the fragility of our planet and its resources.
An inspired choice
More than forty years ago, as part of my under-graduate course, in Science with a major in Biology, we were expected to read, discuss and write a critical account of ten evidence-based, scientific books covering topics such as drugs, pollution, and population control.