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The following is a selection of links that we hope will be of interest to educators (especially English Language educators) interested in climate change / sustainable development. Each entry is listed as follows:

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Climate Outreach
An organisation that aims to help people of all ages, faiths, nationalities and sides of the political spectrum to understand climate change in ways that are relevant for them, individually and organisationally.
26 April 2021

Climate Visuals
Finds and shares photos that embody people-centred narratives and positive solutions to climate change. Photos that resonate with the identity and values of the viewer can drive engagement and promote positive action against climate change.
26 April 2021

World’s Largest Lesson
Creative tools for educators and action-focussed learning experiences for children and young people that build skills and motivation to take action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Start here.
1 February 2021

Climate Change e-reader
Free downloadable A2 (Elementary level) graded reader and mp3 on climate change from the wonderful English E Reader website.
1 February 2021

The GEO Enquiry Process
A five-step process from National Geographic that provides a systematic way to investigate and understand the world through the interactions between humans and natural systems – and then act on the results.
1 February 2021

Sustainable Development Goals – resources for educators
Resource bank designed for educators, education planners and practitioners. It offers hundreds of pedagogical ideas for classroom activities and multimedia resources detailing how best to integrate Education for Sustainable Development into teaching and learning, from early childhood care through secondary education.
1 February 2021

Climate Change: Solutions (course)
Free course from Futurelearn and the University of Exeter. Explore solutions including mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering, which can help avoid the most dangerous climate changes and increase the resilience of societies and ecosystems to climate changes that cannot be avoided.
4 January 2021

Education for a Sustainable Planet (course)
5-hour WWF / Microsoft course for educators.
27 November 2020

Education for a Sustainable Planet (video talk)
Video of talk by Matt Larsen-Daw of WWF on a whole-school approach to sustainability. Shown as part of CUP’s Global Schools Festival.
27 November 2020

Global Optimism
Stubborn Climate Optimists are demanding, resilient and determined to tackle the climate crisis as only this generation can. To receive the latest news about ways you can join the movement, attend events and gain inspiration from others, sign up to receive monthly newsletters.
16 June 2020

Learning Rebellion
Educators taking action as part of Extinction Rebellion. The resources page has quite extensive teaching / school assembly materials for KS 1 – 15, ie. primary and secondary.
20 February 2020

The End of the World has Already Happened
Excellent three-part podcast from Timothy Morton in which he rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere. ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’
20 February 2020

Artists and Climate Change
“Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories that individuals or nations live by and you change the individuals and nations themselves (Ben Okri).” See for example Margaret Atwood
12 February 2020

Climate Psychology Alliance
Pretty much what is says on the tin. The podcasts may be particularly useful for educators who need to talk with young people about climate change.
4 Feb 2020

The Resurgence Trust
Aiming ‘to foster a greater connection to Nature to enhance personal wellbeing, support resilient communities and inform social change towards regenerative societies that enrich our natural environment.’
6 Feb 2020

Transition Network
A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. Collaboration and resilience.
12 February 2020

RHS School Gardening
Promoting young people’s learning and wellbeing through gardening
3 Feb 2020

Grist – climate friendly news reporting
Independent, non-profit newsroom and solutions forum
3 Feb 2020

10 ways schools can reduce carbon emissions
Pupil involvement, inter-school collaboration and sustainable planning can all help in the drive to reduce greenhouse gases.
27 January 2020

The environmental cost of bottled water
Informative infographic from this commercial site

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
UN intergovernmental platform summary report.
26 January 2020

Escaping Extinction through Paradigm Shift
Persuasive, well researched article arguing for transformative change.
26 January 2020

What is Transformative Change and How do we Achieve it?
Good question and answers.
26 January 2020

Italy: sustainability at the heart of school learning
How Italy is putting the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development in practice in schools.
26 January 2020

Climate Change & Recycling Myths
Why Americans in particular need to wake up.
26 January 2020

Cutting the cost of academic travel
Suggestions for reducing the carbon impact of academic travel.
26 January 2020

FECEI Greenpositive programme
Sustainability policy and green hallmark scheme for private language schools in Spain.
26 January 2020

The Green Office
Sustainability resources for higher education
26 January 2020

Climate Change Curriculum
Lesson plans and resources for school children 5-18 years old with a curriculum and schemes of work designed to be used across the whole school timetable.
15 January 2020

How kids influence their parents on climate change
..and why that’s important for us as educators
26 January 2020

Greta and George
Protect, restore and fund. Everything counts. What you do counts.
15 January 2020

Air passenger flight statistics 2004 – 2020
Chart showing the number of people around the world taking flights on scheduled airlines.
15 January 2020

Double Down News
Series of videos on environmental issues featuring George Monbiot and others from an organisation promising to “prioritise people, ideas, evidence and community above all.”
13 January 2020

Nine things you can do about climate change. Do-able, effective personal actions from Imperial College London.
See also pictorial summary here and full text version here
13 January 2020

IPCC Special Report – Global Warming of 1.5° – Summary for Teachers
13 January 2020

Do we really have 12 years to save the planet?
Well do we?
13 January 2020

A-Z of Climate Anxiety: How to Avoid Meltdown
Mental health and welfare advice.
13 January 2020

A useful new word to describe the feeling of existential distress we feel when faced with environmental change.
8 January 2020

Global Carbon Atlas
A platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon emissions resulting from human activities and natural processes.
8 January 2020

Oskar’s Quest
A film with Jem Bendell about how and when schools should engage with children on the subject of climate breakdown.
8 January 2020

Don’t Panic!
The facts about world population from Hans Rosling.
9 January 2020

Anthropocene: have we reached the limits to growth?
A balanced article that counters the view that there are too many people in the world.
8 January 2020

A worldwide movement to find ways to shift more rapidly to a world with net zero greenhouse emissions. Aims to engage as many people as possible in all walks of life to find answers to questions around power production, the built environment, transport, food and nature.
7 January 2020

Challenging our negative mindsets about the world. Video explains simple rules of thumb that can be used to bring perceptions more into line with reality.
7 January 2020

Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners
Should you buy that electric car?
7 January 2020

World Meteorological Organization – WO – Provisional Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019
Statement and video summarising where we are at.
7 January 2020

Climate Change: facts and misperceptions
In the context of a world in which most things are getting better, climate change and species diversity stand out as exceptions. This article explores attitudes to the problems, revealing confusion among all..
7 January 2020

Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy
A frank discussion about the possibility of climate-induced social collapse and our responses to it.
7 January 2020

Deep Adaptation Forum
“An international space to connect people, online and in person,
and in all spheres of life—to foster mutual support, collaboration,
and professional development in the process of facing societal collapse.”
7 January 2020


‘Greta Thunberg effect’ driving growth in carbon offsetting
Balanced Guardian article about offsetting
Nov 9, 2019

Reducing Waste in our Digital Lives
Excellent article on reducing our digital carbon footprint
Nov 6, 2019

The Stories We Live By
Free online course in ecolinguistics from The Ecolinguistics Association
Nov 4, 2019

Eco Bricks
Verifiable plastic disposal for home and workplace and
See also for community kits.
Oct 31, 2019

Trees for Life
Promising-looking forestation programme in Scotland
Oct 25, 2019

Website Carbon Calculator
How is your web site impacting the planet?
Oct 25, 2019

What is Radiative Forcing?
The simple answer is, include it if possible in your flight offset calculations.
Oct 22, 2019

Climate Visuals
Climate-change photography resource
Oct 22, 2019

Three Steps to Cut Your Carbon Footprint 60% Today
Easy and hopeful.
Oct 5, 2019

Young people and climate politics
Interesting article on a non-apocalyptic future
Oct 4, 2019

Facing Extinction
..and why humanity finds it difficult to respond
Sep 29, 2019

Goldstandard Org
Established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduce carbon emissions feature the highest levels of environmental integrity and contribute to sustainable development.
Sep 25

Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.
Sep 25

Corporate Climate Stewardship
Somewhat jargonistic but very useful framework for corporate environmental responsibility
Sep 25

WWF, Greenpeace, FoE Offsetting Statement
Joint statement on offsetting
Sep 25

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation
Highly persuasive and optimistic forecast of the imminent decline of oil and the rise of clean energy
Sep 12

Why the Future of the Global Economy is about Climate Change
Interesting and somewhat optimistic possible future
Sep 12

Overshoot Day
Marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. ie. #MoveTheDate
Jul 24

National Park City
Ideas for making urban areas greener and wilder
Jul 11

Positive News
Excellent source of positive news stories about the environment
Jul 11

IPCC Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on limiting global heating to 1.5%
Jun 29

Conversation between Greta Thunberg and Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez
>I know so many people who feel hopeless, and they ask me, “What should I do?” And I say: “Act. Do something.” Because that is the best medicine against sadness and depression.<
Jun 29

Woodland Trust – buy an acre
Another offset idea
Jun 19

Mossy Earth
UK-based carbon compensation planting and re-wilding programme used by CLAC
Jun 19

How to process climate news and stay grounded
Jun 16

The Work of the 21st Century
How to find meaning in work in a difficult world
Jun 16

Ethical Consumer
Use your spending power to change the world for better
Jun 14

Recycle Now
Tells you what to do with everything
Jun 14

The Green Ration Book
Assessing the carbon cost of everyday living
Jun 14

Green Schools Project
Resources to help scaffold school initiatives and get young people involved in environmental campaigns
Jun 13

BBC – Airline offsetting
BBC report on airline offsetting
Jun 13

Into Film – film suggestions
Environmentally themed films that can be ordered, watched and discussed in your school
Jun 13

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Jun 12

Bus & Coach Travel
Facts and figures compared to other types of travel
Jun 12

Carbon Reduction
Advice on offsetting in the home and workplace
Jun 12

To Fly or Not to Fly?
Balanced article on the problem of flights
Jun 12

Nearly Carbon Neutral conference
Detailed description of an online international conference
Jun 11

Why we need to stop worrying about climate change
Not, unfortunately, because it isn’t real..
Jun 10

Change how you think about global warming, I did
A nicely balanced argument in favour of hedging our bets
Jun 10

Eco Schools Programme
WWF programme aiming to build awareness and good practice in schools, leading to a Green Flag award
Jun 9

Into Film – Resources for teachers
Into Film is an educational charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning
Jun 8

Nasa facts on climate change
Jun 7

Climate Change 6 Positive Stories
Good to remind ourselves..
Jun 1

Instituto Terra
Good news story
Jun 1

ELTfootprint blog
Jun 1

ICAO flight carbon emissions calculator
May 31

Carbon Offset Standards
May 30

Forest Garden video
How a diverse forest garden in the UK can help nature to adapt to climate change.
May 29

Tackling food waste in schools
May 26

Carbon Trust
A practical guide to identifying energy saving opportunities
May 26

Integrating Global Issues in the creative English Language classroom
Publication based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
May 26

Ways to reduce food waste in school cafeterias
May 26

Climate Friendly Development Projects
All vetted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
May 26

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Financial investments in climate-friendly projects can contribute to changing and improving lives
May 25

Climate Neutral Now
UN Climate Change initiative: measure, reduce offset
May 25

International House flight offset scheme
May 25

International House Belfast CSR Policy
Ahead of the curve..
May 25

ELTfootprint Facebook Group
May 25

Bulb Business Energy
(commercial) 100% renewable energy supplier for businesses
May 25

The politics of environmental teaching
Blog entry by Martin Cook
May 25

Daniel Barber ELT Climate Emergency Declaration
May 24

Backchannel Chat (commercial site)
Towards a paperless classroom?
May 23

Climate Action
Friends of the Earth campaign
May 23

ECO Tefl
Thought-provoking blog entry from Christopher Graham
May 23

Greta Thunberg TED talk
Might make you cry..
May 22

Guardian article
How might the world look without climate action?
May 18

Guardian article on climate language
climate emergency and global heating, for example
May 18

Carbon Trust
The ‘tools’ and ‘reports’ sections may be especially interesting
May 18

EC English CSR policy
May 16

Cool Earth
Credible UK charity working to halt deforestation
May 15

Planet Mark
sustainability certification
May 14

10 Simple Ways to Act on Climate Change
May 10

How to pack light
May 10

Charlie on Travel
Sustainable travel advice
May 10

UN Carbon Offset Platform
Reliable calculators and offset projects
May 10

Climate Change: Where we Are in 7 Charts
BBC news article
May 9

Geoengineering Solutions
BBC news article
May 9

Guardian picture essay
Iconic photos expressing: ‘The future of life on Earth lies in the balance’
May 9

Complete lack of environmental awareness from NAFSA – follow up in the future
May 9

The Uninhabitable Earth – Guardian review
“Human kind,” as the bird in TS Eliot’s Four Quartets sagely points out, “cannot bear very much reality.” If this is you, you might not want to read this book.
May 7

Uninhabitable Earth: updated thoughts from the author, David Wallace-Wells:
15 January 2020

Skeptical Science
Busting climate myths
May 7

The Consensus Project
One-stop shop with a simple aim: to close the gap between the public perception of consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and the reality of 97% agreement among climate scientists
May 7

Unesco: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
Teacher Education Programme
May 7

ELT Sustainable
Ideas for teaching sustainably and teaching about sustainability
May 7

Free Carbon Footprint Calculator (Business)
Create a free account to access the business footprint calculator
May 7

Guardian article on pupil green power
How to engage pupils in conducting an environmental audit of the school
May 7

ISO 14001 checklist
May 7

ISO 14001
video introducing ISO 14001 & updates
May 7

British Council environment policy
May 7

Building a Sustainable Business
submitted by Kate Hargreaves
May 3

Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
Submitted by Kate Hargreaves. Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis
Apr 30

CNN quiz on climate change
Submitted by Kate Hargreaves
Apr 30

Materials light teaching with Dogme
Apr 29

Dogme and technology
Materials light teaching + technology
Apr 29

Green Schools footprint calculators
Apr 29
Environmental policy of International Airline Trade Association
Apr 28

Nature matters in conversations
Free OU course focuses on the substance of environmental responsibility-what matters?
Apr 28

Environmental Management and Organisations
OU free course
Apr 28

OU personal carbon footprint free course
Apr 28

Personal carbon calulator



Links compiled by Chris Etchells at ECS – English Country Schools

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