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June 24th, 2012

Rio+20 Outcome – The Future We Want

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From 20-22nd June 2012, over 100 world leaders and heads of state journeyed to Rio de Janeiro to conclude negotiations at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The world is clear about what was at stake but what has been achieved and has the conference lived up to expectations and the success of the original Earth Summit in 1992?

Visit the official Rio+20 Conference site: http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.html

Read the full Rio+20 outcome document entitled ‘The Future We Want’: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N12/381/64/PDF/N1238164.pdf?OpenElement

Read commentary on Twitter at #Rioplus20 #Futurewewant

See below for excerpts relating to young people and education:

50. We stress the importance of the active participation of young people in decision-making processes, as the issues we are addressing have a deep impact on present and future generations, and as the contribution of children and youth is vital to the achievement of sustainable development. We also recognize the need to promote intergenerational dialogue and solidarity by recognizing their views.

230. We recognize that the younger generations are the custodians of the future and the need for better quality and access to education beyond the primary level. We therefore resolve to improve the capacity of our education systems to prepare people to pursue sustainable development, including through enhanced teacher training, the development of sustainability curricula, the development of training programmes that prepare students for careers in fields related to sustainability, and more effective use of information and communications technologies to enhance learning outcomes. We call for enhanced cooperation among schools, communities and authorities in efforts to promote access to quality education at all levels.

231. We encourage Member States to promote sustainable development awareness among youth, inter alia by promoting programmes for non-formal education in accordance with the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014.

232. We emphasize the importance of greater international cooperation to improve access to education, including through building and strengthening education infrastructure and increasing investment in education, particularly investment to improve the quality of education for all in developing countries. We encourage international educational exchanges and partnerships, including the creation of fellowships and scholarships to help achieve global education goals.

233. We resolve to promote education for sustainable development and to integrate sustainable development more actively into education beyond the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

234. We strongly encourage educational institutions to consider adopting good practices in sustainability management on their campuses and in their communities with the active participation of, inter alia, students, teachers and local partners, and teaching sustainable development as an integrated component across disciplines.

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June 19th, 2012

Watch again – Rio+20 Glow meet

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On Tuesday 19 June, schools from across Scotland linked up direct with Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change who is in Rio as part of the official UK delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

 Over 100 heads of state and world leaders are gathering in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June 2012 for crucial talks at this summit, referred to as Rio+20.

During the Glow Meet learners from primary and secondary schools were able to put questions to the Minister about the conference and about Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change. Learners were also encouraged to share their green dreams for the future and the practical steps they have been taking within their schools to make them more sustainable.

All Glow TV events are recorded so if you missed taking part you can still access the recording of this Glow Meet from the Watch Again section of Glow TV.

 A copy of the Minister’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the Developing Global Citizens Glow group at: http://bit.ly/DGCresources

For a list of useful Rio+20 classroom resources and web links visit our global citizenship blog.

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June 7th, 2012

Join our Glow meet from Rio

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11am – 12pm, Tuesday 19 June 2012

WATCH again: See our Glow meet live from Rio+20 where young people from across Scotland put questions to Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.What are your green dreams for the future?

What message will you send to world leaders?

How can Scotland become more sustainable?

What can we expect from this globally important event?

Over 150 heads of state and world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22nd June 2012 for crucial talks at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, will be one of those travelling to Rio as part of the official UK delegation.

Education Scotland, through Glow, is giving you the chance to link with the Minister live from Rio to learn more about the event and the hopes and expectations of the UK delegation.

The conference, referred to as Rio+20, will mark 20 years since the historic Earth Summit in the same city in 1992 which put issues such as climate change and the protection of biodiversity on the map and gave birth to Agenda 21 – an action plan for a sustainable future which was adopted by national governments, cities and local authorities across the world. Rio+20 will focus on seven priority areas including: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

Rio+20 provides an opportunity to move away from business-as-usual and to take bold steps to end poverty and address environmental destruction.

This will be an interactive Glow meet so get your questions, messages, ideas and green dreams ready for Rio!

  • What is Scotland doing to protect the environment and promote sustainable development? What more could we be doing?
  • What are your green dreams and ideas for the future? What should we have achieved by the time Rio+40 comes around?
  • What messages would you like the Minister to pass onto other government officials and world leaders when he meets them for discussions?

 

This Glow meet will be suitable for learners in primary and secondary schools.  

Free Rio+20 resources are available at: http://bit.ly/JxZr5G

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June 1st, 2012

Refugee Week Scotland, 18th-24th June 2012

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 : Categories africa, citizenship, commonwealth, community, curriculum areas, europe, international, social studies, sustainable development

Each year Refugee Week grows and increases in profile, making its mark on the UK’s cultural calendar. This year’s theme Spirit captures:

  • Spirit of survival and the individual – the determination needed to flee persecution and rebuild your life
  • Community spirit – the connections between refugees and local communities
  • Scotland’s spirit – the cultural diversity of Scotland today

Refugee Week is all about having fun, broadening horizons and breaking down barriers. Every June the week long UK-wide festival of arts, cultural and educational events celebrates contributions refugees have made to the UK, and promotes understanding about why people seek sanctuary.

Click here to see the exciting  programme of activities and events for 2012>>

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May 30th, 2012

World Environment Day – 5th June 2012

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World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. This year there will be a special focus on the Green Economy to tie in with discussions taking place at the Rio+20 conference betwen 20-22nd June 2012.

Everyone counts in this initiative and WED relies on you to make this happen – why not organise a neighbourhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organise a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

Visit the World Environment Day website for resources, ideas and information >>

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May 30th, 2012

Get Ready for Rio+20 – UN Conference on Sustainability

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WATCH again: See our Glow meet live from Rio+20 where young people from across Scotland put questions to Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.

Between 20-22 June 2012 world leaders will gather in Rio De Janeiro for crucial talks at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The conference, referred to as Rio+20, will mark 20 years since the historic Earth Summit in the same city in 1992 which put issues such as climate change and the protection of biodiversity on the map and gave birth to Agenda 21 – an action plan for a sustainable future which was adopted by national governments, cities and local authorities across the world. The establishment of the international Eco-Schools movement was another practical outcome of this process.

The 1992 Earth Summit achieved much but clearly there are still many challenges to be addressed if we are to build a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.

The hopes and expectations for Rio+20 are high and the preparations have highlighted seven priority areas including: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to take bold steps to end poverty and address environmental destruction.

Sustainability in Scotland

The document, A Flourishing Scotland, produced for Rio+20 outlines the many achievements we should celebrate with regards to Scotland’s success in promoting sustainable development education. IN the context of the Rio Summit it may be of interest to note that Chapter 36 of the Agenda 21 document, which focussed on education, was written by a Scot – Professor John Smyth.

However, other key achievements nationally include: the embedding of sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning within Curriculum for Excellence; we also have one of the most successful Eco-Schools programme in the world with over 98% of local authority school registered; and Scotland has shown leadership on a world stage by introducing ambitious targets on climate change and in planning for our transition to a low-carbon economy. By 2020 it is estimated that 130,000 people will be employed in low carbon and green industries in Scotland and that renewable energy will provide 100% of our energy needs. Scotland is also the only county in the world to have debated the issue of climate justice in its parliament.

Whilst much has been achieved, there is still work to be done. Nevertheless, there is a real opportunity for Scotland to show leadership on a world stage with regards to its commitment to sustainable development and to set an example for other nations to follow. 

What you can do

Our ambition is that every learner in Scotland recognises themselves as a global citizen; has a strong commitment to living sustainably and has an enthusiasm for the outdoors and nature.

You can help by ensuring that global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning are on your school improvement plan and embedded in your curriculum. Make these areas the responsibility of everyone in your school, not just the eco-warrior or group, so your school can adopt a successful whole school approach and make an impact on every learner.

Professional learning – read Learning for Change: Scotland’s Action Plan for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and make use of our resources on sustainable development education, global citizenship and outdoor learning.

Join our online community to share practice and ideas with other practitioners around Scotland and engage in professional dialogue.

Activity ideas

Raise the profile of the conference in your own school or community – organise your own version of the Rio+20 conference.

Invite learners to develop their green dreams – what is their vision of a more sustainable future? What would they like to see happen in the next 20 years? What would their message to world leaders be?

Web links

Official website of the Rio+20 Summit

Twitter – follow the conversation at #Rioplus20

My green dream – add your voice and dream to thousands of others

Education Scotland Online

Sustainable development education pages and videos

Global citizenship resources

Outdoor learning resources

Weather and Climate Change

Exploring Climate Change

Schools Global Footprint

Resources

Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum have created a Rio+20 resource pack for schools and youth groups. This resource pack can be downloaded from the Eco-Schools Scotland website. Hard copies, plus the accompanying DVD, can be ordered via email: kelly.johnstone@ksbscotland.org.uk

WWF has produced a free Rio+20  teaching resource and associated competition for young people aged 11-14 years. Download for free at: www.wwf.org.uk/futures

Download the special edition Living Planet Report – On the Road to Rio produced by WWF.

Stop Climate Chaos has produced Rio+20 resources for students and teachers. Download from: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/rc-youth

Useful videos and resources listed on Young Scot pages: http://www.youngscot.org/info/1526-rio20-share-your-vision-for-a-sustainable-future

Daily What Stories

Overfishing and pollution and their effect on marine life:

http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/06/fighting-for-fish.aspx

A new buzz about town – bees and the environment
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/05/a-new-buzz-about-town.aspx

Gas explosion fears – a reminder of the dangers of drilling for offshore energy
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/03/gas-explosion-fears.aspx

Mining in space – entrepreneurs plan to mine asteroids
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/04/mining-in-space.aspx

Pure rubbish church – congregation builds sustainable church from junk
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/03/pure-rubbish-church.aspx

Eco-kilts to the rescue! The new fashion item that can cut air pollution
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/02/eco-kilts-to-the-rescue.aspx

Leaf fuel could help save planet – cars and planes could be run on fuel made by artificial leaves
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/02/leaf-fuel-could-help-save-planet.aspx

Duck! Wildlife crisis ahead – sightings of mallards hit all-time low
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2011/11/duck!-wildlife-crisis-ahead.aspx

Also, here is a link to some of our interactive activities that might be relevant:

Climate change quiz
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/02/leaf-fuel-could-help-save-planet/interactive.aspx

Recycled junk quiz
http://www.dailywhat.org.uk/2012/03/pure-rubbish-church/interactive.aspx

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May 30th, 2012

New online resource: ‘Ready for Emergencies?’ – available 13th June 2012

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Education Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of a fantastic new resource designed to support practitioners in the delivery of emergency resilience education.  This exciting online resource has been designed around the principles and approaches of the Curriculum for Excellence.

 The Ready for Emergencies? resource enables practitioners access to expertise and materials in each of the 6 key emergency themes outlined, by the Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland website as posing the most immediate threat to communities.  The themes include severe weather, flooding, terrorism, pandemic flu, animal disease outbreak and utilities failure all of which provide real and relevant contexts for learning, encouraging an interdisciplinary approach. Each emergency theme is explained and links to the curriculum made explicit, allowing inclusion in planning at levels 1 through to 4.  In addition to specific learning journeys linked  to relevant to outcomes and experiences the website offers a wide range of challenges, factsheets and videos as well as related links and RSS news feeds on breaking news of emergencies.

 The importance of partnership working and opportunities for recognising achievement are highlighted so that transferable skills can be developed within and across sectors.

 The new website will be available nationally from June 13th 2012 following a ministerial launch by Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.  It can be accessed under the following link www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies.   Portobello High School in Edinburgh will play host to the launch event and the Scottish Government Resilience Division will provide the national context within which the resource will sit.

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May 30th, 2012

Ready for Emergencies – Poster Competition

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Design a poster, picture, graphic that relates to one of the main themes outlined in the Ready Scotland/ Ready for Emergencies resource (eg. severe weather, flooding etc).  This could be a warning sign, campaign poster or image of a recent event.

14 winning entries will be selected for inclusion in this year’s ‘Ready for Winter’ campaign calendar with a number of other prizes on offer as part of the competition.
Also every contributor will receive a free copy of the calendar.
More information on this including terms and conditions, submission address and deadline as we as topics and entry categories are contained in the following attachments: 2012_Resilience Week_ Calendar competition – terms and conditions for entries        2012-13_ Resilience Week_ Calendar Competition_Topics

The official launch of the competition will be on Wednesday,  13 June 2012 .

If you wish to pre-register for the competition please email Klaus.mayer@educationscotland.gov.uk

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May 1st, 2012

The healthy way to get to school – Travelling Green.

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Travelling Green is a complete six-week programme aimed at P5 level; it comes with lesson plans and wall charts. It gives children and their parents the skills and confidence to walk to school. Walking to school is good for children’s development as well and their physical and mental health. Travelling Green has strong Health and Wellbeing Curriculum links covering topics like for example; the circulatory and respiratory systems.

For more information, see link below;

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/safe-routes-to-schools/whats-in-your-area/scotland/travelling-green

Recent research has shown that children who do Travelling Green are generally more physically active than children who do not. Increasing children’s daily physical activity is essential for tackling the obesity epidemic, one of the key challenges facing Scotland’s population as described in Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. We need to make active modes of travel children’s first choice and make physical activity an everyday habit for Scottish children.

It has been shown that active children become active adults. Physical activity has recently been made a national indicator in Scotland. Walking to school is an excellent everyday opportunity for children to get the recommended amount of physical activity which is vital for maintaining their health and wellbeing. In addition, active children do better at school. When asked children want to be more physically active and they want to travel actively to school. Travelling Green is a resource that increases children’s physical activity in small manageable steps.

The resource was popular with teachers; they gave the following feedback;

“Well thought out and children benefited from it, many changed their route and started walking together in groups”.

“Easy to use with lots of additional resources and support materials”

“Good resource, making cross-curricular links”.

The Travelling Green resources were developed in partnership by West Dunbartonshire Council and are available for free to all Scottish schools. 

There are also free Travelling Green flipcharts for interactive whiteboards available from Promethean Planet (see included step by step guide). We also include a guide for the Travelling Green resources and a flyer to circulate to your schools.

To get the resources sent to your school contact;

cecilia.oram@sustrans.org.uk 0131 346 9777

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April 26th, 2012

Scottish Biodiversity Week 19th – 27th May 2012

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Scotland’s precious wildlife and landscapes are vitally important and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) want to offer you the chance to get out and about and experience them!

SNH have teamed up with a range of other people to bring you a wide variety of organised and fun events during Scottish Biodiversity Week.

Every year there is an astonishing range of events on offer. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of things that you can do:

  • Countryside ranger led pond dipping events for little children;
  • Guided walks on Scottish Natural Heritage National Nature Reserves;
  • Story telling events;
  • Seashore safaris;
  • Fossil finding tours
  • Expert talks on nature;
  • Nature photography workshops.

 

Visit SNH’s Events Diary to find out what’s on – http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/safeguarding-biodiversity/events/

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