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Sustainability in the Curriculum: University of Manchester

I was recently invited to sit in on a meeting of the Community of Practice at University of Manchester which is thinking through how to embed Sustainability across the curriculum. This area of thinking and study is massively relevant as it connects with each and every human and living thing on the planet. How we move into greater synergy with our environment and life supporting bio-systems is an emerging field which is complex and multi-disciplinary. Read more

19th June 2014: Fostering Vandalism of the Earth or Stewardship? Towards Education for Sustainability by Susan Brown

Yangtze River Turned Red
Yangtze River Turned Red

Come along to The Castle Hotel at 7pm to listen to Susan’s thoughts. Share a crust of bread, and hear the talk she has to share…

 

Title:

Fostering Vandalism of the Earth or Stewardship?: Towards Education for Sustainability

by Susan Brown

 

Bullet points:

I’ll explore with the audience:

  • What we mean by the term ‘sustainability’ ;
  • The rationale for the development of curricula with a focus on sustainability;
  • What understandings and skills we are trying to foster through sustainability education and why?
  • What curriculum with a focus on sustainability might look like?
  • As a group we’ll have a go at devising a potential curriculum for sustainability 😉

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Podcast: Demian Natakhan Talks About Scepticism And Climate Change

Here Demian talks at Ragged University in this podcast of his talk on climate change and scepticism.  As per usual, some food was shared and music offered up by local musicians…

Demian Natakhan is a renewable energy consultant with a vested interest in knowing the truth about climate change. Scepticism is widespread in many first world countries over whether the basics of climate change science are ‘true’ and whether humans are really causing it.

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Independent Business: An Interview With Ali Gower Owner Of The Chocolate Tree

This is an interview with Ali Gower exploring various aspects of The Chocolate Tree as a sustainable, ethical business in the 21st century:

The two owners, Alastair Gower & Friederike Matthis, met whilst performing as “red men” in the Beltane festival of Edinburgh. The positive reactions we received at the festivals highly motivated us, and we progressed The Chocolate Tree to become our full time passion and business. Read more

Palm Oil: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly! by Faith Canter

These days most people have heard of palm oil, even if it’s just to know that it’s an ingredient in food and beauty products.  However, most people won’t know that this is only scratching the surface and that palm oil production is one of the largest businesses in the world.  This then becomes a real concern when you hear about what goes into producing the palm oil you eat, use on your body and also as fuel – we use it almost every single day without even realising it.

Palm oil has been getting an incredibly bad name for itself in recent years and in my opinion rightly so.   This product we use so freely is an ecological disaster, from before the palms have been planted right through to after the palms have died.  Here I will tell you a little more about the stages of palm oil production and what this really means to our Planet.

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