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If you want to improve education for the poor, like these school children in Sierra Leone, handing over hundreds of millions of pounds to global corporations is not the way to do it. Photo: bobthemagicdragon via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Giving aid money to big business doesn't solve poverty. Who knew?

Kevin Smith

23d May 2015

The UK government has showered £500 million of its aid budget on 'partnerships' with global corporations that are meant to help the poor, writes Kevin Smith. Surprise - an independent assessment has found that the only ones to benefit were the companies themselves. This ideologically-driven farce must stop now! more...
Reuben Sempui seated on a rock on the peak of the volcano Suswa. Photo: Simone Sarchi.

Kenya's Maasai determined to overcome the challenges of drought and climate change

Simone Sarchi

16th May 2015

Persistent droughts are undermining the self-sufficiency of Maasai communities in the Great Rift Valley and worsening their living conditions, writes Simone Sarchi. Now these fearless warriors are fighting the battle against climate change through adaptation, education and technology, and by making peace with traditional enemies. more...
Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar - films to inspire the change-makers of the future

Fern Smith

30 April 2015

A landmark 6-part documentary series is planned with Satish Kumar - peace and environment activist, religious philosopher, teacher, writer and broadcaster. more...
The education and health care model that British taxpayers are financing across Africa - in partnership with for-profit multinational corporations. Photo of White River Primary school, sponsored by Coca-Cola, by Roo Reynolds via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

Coca-Cola schools - British aid pushing corporate education and health on world's poorest

Nick Dearden

28th April 2015

British taxpayers are forcing private health care and schooling onto many of the world's poorest countries including Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique, writes Nick Dearden - backing a huge neoliberal experiment whose only certain outcomes are high costs, low standards and massive corporate profits. more...
Swarthmore students ready to join the Peoples Climate March, 21st September 2014 in New York City. Photo: maisa_nyc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

College fossil fuel divestment - Yes we must!

Cutler J Cleveland

18th March 2015

Univerisities' core mission is one of civilization and enlightenment, and that's incompatible with investing in fossil fuels that pose an existential threat to humanity and the planet, writes Cutler J Cleveland. It's is also financially prudent for for them to avoid sinking capital into future 'stranded assets' of unburnable carbon. more...
Hamer people in a village near Turmi in the Omo Valley of Southern Ethiopia - now at risk from a huge dam project and sugar plantations. Photo: David Stanley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Anthropology is so important, all children should learn it

Marc Brightman

10th March 2015

Anthropology, the study of humankind, should be the first of all the sciences our children encounter, writes Marc Brightman, with its singular capacity to inspire the imagination, broaden the mind and open the heart. Moves to downgrade it in the education system by those who know the price of everything, and the value of nothing, must be fought off. more...
Young voters in Athens celebrate Syriza's victory in the 2014 European elections. Photo: via Business Insider Australia, marked for non-commercial re-use.

On election day, young Greeks will be voting for Syriza

Elati Pontikopoulou-Venieri

21st January 2015

As Greece prepares for its election this weekend, the leftist Syriza coalition stands alone as a progressive force committed to rebuild democracy and civil society, writes Elati Pontikopoulou-Venieri - and opposed to the austerity, bigotry, corruption and violence offered by the mainstream parties. Thanks to Greece's young voters, it could just win. more...
Making mud pies - no instruction manual needed. Photo: Jim Purbrick via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Learning with Nature and the nature of play

Martin Spray

28th January 2015

A new book aims to get children off their mobile phones and back where they belong: in the great outdoors. It's packed with well thought-out, purposeful activities to get children interacting with nature, but Martin Spray wonders: is it all trying too hard? Has the essential nature of 'play' somehow been forgotten? more...

Telling Stories of the Future

Spring 2015

Schumacher College

To celebrate 25 years at the forefront of environmental education, Schumacher College are launching a new short course programme: Soul, Spirit and Story. more...
The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change - front cover. Image: Island Press.

Laughing all the way to the greenhouse - 'The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change'

Edgar Vaid

28th September 2014

A new book on climate change brings a refreshing, visual, gag-filled view of a complex topic, writes Edgar Vaid - while including some surprisingly advanced science. The relentless jokiness may be a bit much for adult readers, but will be a hit with the young ones. And that is, after all, what it's all about. more...
Spring Feast, with Julia Ponsonby (right). Photo: Joanna Brown.

Green meals for 85? No problem for Schumacher College's Head Cook

Julia Ponsonby

30th August 2014

Good food is an essential ingredient at Schumacher College, writes Julia Ponsonby, made with love using fresh, wholesome ingredients many of which have traveled no further than the vegetable garden. No less important, the sense of companionship, learning, fun and frequent hilarity that permeates the building - and the kitchen in particular. more...
The fire is burning merrily in the cob oven. Photo: Smallholder Training.

Green cooking in a cob oven - and how to build your own

Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard

7th June 2014

Ever thought of building a cob oven? Maybe you should, write Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard, for fossil fuel-free cooking that warms up every party, perfect for everything from pizza to roast vegetables or your (organic) Christmas turkey ... more...

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A young demonstrator in Oxford yesterday calling on the University to divest from fossil fuels. Photo: Zoe Broughton.

Oxford University 'must divest from fossil fuels'

The Ecologist

1st June 2014

59 University of Oxford academics have signed an open letter urging the University to 'take action on climate change' by ridding its £3.8bn endowment of investments in fossil fuel companies, as hundreds march to demand change. more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...
Howsham Mill - love at first sight in 2003.

The 'green' watermill restoration that's powering 30 homes

Helen Leavey

3rd May 2014

Ten years ago, Mo and Dave fell in love, writes Helen Leavey - with a ruinous but romantic water mill in Yorkshire. It was the beginning of a fabulous restoration adventure, and the mill is now an exemplar of renewable energy generation and a thriving education centre. more...

UKIP to ban 'all teaching of global warming'

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

The United Kingdom Independence Party will ban the teaching of climate change in schools, if it wins the 2015 elections, says UKIP education spokesman Derek Clark MEP. more...
Seeing green?

Reconnecting children with our wonderful world

Sandra Thompson

8th January 2014

Our children are spending 20 hours a week staring at screens, writes Sandra Thompson. High time to get them outside with the mud, bugs, flowers and slime ... more...

The Amazing Places Project

October 9th, 2013

Barry Bennett

While recovering from illness, qualified teacher Barry Bennett took the time to ponder on how he could share his love of nature with young people, and encourage them to engage with their environment. The result was The Amazing Places Project ... more...

Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Camilla Scaramanga

2nd September 2013

Pending reforms to the UK's school curriculum mean that from September 2014, pupils aged 7-14 can expect to learn gardening skills. Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at some of the initiatives that are already taking the lead...... more...

Green fingers grow green minds

Camilla Scaramanga

Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at how growing food in schools is having a positive impact on children, teachers, parents and wider society....... more...
NUS Green Hero

NUS granted £5,000,000 to invest in higher education sustainability

by Dannie Grufferty

The National Union of Students has a rich history of ethical and environmental work, but our £5 million Students’ Green Fund is undoubtedly our biggest achievement for the sustainability agenda yet, says Dannie Grufferty. more...

Environmental education is not a choice – it is an explicit priority

by Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan argues that there are certain lessons in life so significant that if we fail to teach them in the classroom we will leave future generations in perilous ignorance. more...
Rochdale Pioneer Performance

The rise and rise of co-op schools

Mervyn Wilson

6th August, 2012

Do co-operative schools (trust schools and academies) provide a democratic community based alternative? Mervyn Wilson, Principal of the Co-operative College – which has been at the heart of the development of co-operative schools - explains why co-operatives are proving so popular more...
A child plays in an empty box.

Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

They need to play; we buy them toys. But education writer Phoebe Doyle thinks you might just be wasting your money, and your children’s time more...
Biodynamic Agricultural College

Advertorial: Biodynamic Agricultural College

Biodynamic Agricultural College – Specialist courses in Biodynamics: Principles and Practices. Now available on line with our new Distance Learning course in January 2012 more...

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