Our projects have just started and will be updated. Current work includes:-
- COP26 research material and legacy publication (2019-2020)
- Societal adaptation to climate change (2020)
- Sponsorship for new academic publication (2019 onwards)
- Open call for online articles from students, teachers and others about the education system
- Open call for subject specific content from students online
The climate emergency is still pressing
Although we are witnessing a temporary dip in emissions and environmental damage as side effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the root causes of climate change remain. An economic model based upon environmental and social exploitation, overly focused on GDP; systems that circumvent and erode protection of habitats; a rising global population that is dependent on intensive mono-culture and livestock.
Those most impacted by these things are those least responsible for the above: future generations and the youngest of the present, together with millions of people living in or close to poverty. Likewise, those who are deprived a voice, such as indigenous communities and people suffering social marginalisation, are seeing their homes and livelihoods threatened with little power to stop it.
The climate emergency requires a united approach rooted in justice. By collating the accounts of those most impacted, together with supporting research on how communities can adapt to the future, new hope can be created.
Fresh minds, new voices
Since the dawn of civilisation, education of younger generations has been paramount to ensuring the continuation of society. Over the course of millenia, different educational models have arisen. An emphasis on personalised interaction and cross-subject study has shifted towards ‘education en masse’, with increasing degrees of specialisation as pupils advance to higher levels. So too is there an emphasis on achieving the best possible grades, rather than encouraging inquiry and developing knowledge for its own sake.
Could it be that the current approach is lacking? That it serves to undermine curiosity, creativity and initiative? There is evidence to suggest so. Sir Ken Robinson’s landmark publication ‘All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education’ highlighted the need for a change in direction, but little progress has been made.
We are therefore renewing calls for a change in the education system, inviting the views of both students and teachers about how it can be implemented.
If you would like to find out more, get involved with any of our projects, or even suggest a project of your own, please get in touch.