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COP 26

Today is the start of COP26, the annual UN Climate Change Conference running for the next fortnight in Glasgow, Scotland.

This is a significant moment in history and we will be following the proceedings closely here on ELT Footprint UK.

There are many excellent COP26 teaching resources for educators wanting to talk about the Earth emergency, for example:

For more general information, especially on solutions to climate change, see TED Countdown

See also my personal favourite way of staying up to date with the issues: the wonderful podcasts from Outrage and Optimism

And if you know of additional resources you’d like to recommend to readers of this post, please leave your comments below.

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Outrage and Optimism

Outrage and Optimism is a weekly podcast that provides everything you need to keep up to date with the latest environmental developments: ‘We explore the challenges, frustrations and genuine outrage we need to face this crisis, and we explore the real changes already happening that offer the stubborn optimism we need to play our part in building a thriving new economy and world.’

This week’s podcast is about the nature agenda and how we cannot deal with the climate crisis without also addressing nature. Some wonderful music too from Marie Spaemann.

Highly recommended.

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The Climate Connection podcast

#TheClimateConnection podcast series from The British Council starts 12 May. It explores the relationship between the climate crisis and language education.

Ten episodes will feature a wide range of leading practitioners working in the sector – teachers, trainers, researchers, publishers and authors – from Colombia to China, Moldova to Mali, and Palestine to Poland.

In partnership with the Oxford English Dictionary, you’ll also learn more about the origins of climate-related language.

For more information about ‘The Climate Connection’ podcast visit https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/professional-development/podcast

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Climate Action in Language Education

Good to see The British Council stepping up its response to the climate and ecological emergency: see https://www.britishcouncil.org/climate-connection and register now for the free Climate Action in Language Education professional development training series – starts on 28 April.

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The End of the World has Already Happened

Listen to this excellent three-part podcast from Timothy Morton in which he rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere.

‘This is foetal-position time,’ he says, ‘but it’s on us: dolphins don’t have fingers to turn off the oil pipes.’

Feeling guilty and powerless is not the answer: ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’

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