All posts tagged with ‘natural disasters’
- June 19th, 2012
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: Categories biodiversity, community, learner voice, outdoor learning, renewables and climate change, social studies, sustainable development
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.More
- June 7th, 2012
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: Categories biodiversity, community, curriculum areas, learner voice, outdoor learning, religious and moral education, renewables and climate change, sciences, social studies, sustainable development
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/JxZr5GMore
- May 30th, 2012
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: Categories biodiversity, community, international, outdoor learning, renewables and climate change, sustainable development
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.
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?
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
A new buzz about town – bees and the environment
Gas explosion fears – a reminder of the dangers of drilling for offshore energy
Mining in space – entrepreneurs plan to mine asteroids
Pure rubbish church – congregation builds sustainable church from junk
Eco-kilts to the rescue! The new fashion item that can cut air pollution
Leaf fuel could help save planet – cars and planes could be run on fuel made by artificial leaves
Duck! Wildlife crisis ahead – sightings of mallards hit all-time low
Also, here is a link to some of our interactive activities that might be relevant:
Recycled junk quiz
- July 29th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: community, enterprise, Fairtrade, learner voice, natural disasters, research, rights
: Categories citizenship, curriculum areas, international, primary schools, secondary schools, sharing practice
EthCo has announced the school winners in this year’s Challenge competition. The Challenge was to use one of the EthCo tasks to promote Interdisciplinary Learning in the spirit of Curriculum for Excellence, and be able to demonstrate this learning in a vibrant and clear manner.
For more information see: http://bit.ly/oMLECyMore
- March 14th, 2011
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: earthquake, natural disasters
: Categories citizenship, international, japan
Several organisations have acted quickly to produce educational material in response to the humanitarian disaster in northern Japan. The British Red Cross have published a secondary teaching resource on their website, based on a news report video clip, and it can be used in assembly or in class: www.redcross.org.uk/japanlp
The Geographical Association has pulled together a set of ideas for teachers wanting to cover the impact of the earthquake and tsunami. Their webpage includes web links for media coverage about the on-going disaster and the humanitarian relief work.
The Times Educational Supplement has also pulled together a range of resources on the theme:
If you have any resources that you have developed, or websites that you know of, which will help to support understanding of this terrible disaster please let us know at email@example.com . You could also upload them to the sharing area of the Developing Global Citizens Glow GroupMore