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“My name is —. I live in a farmhouse in a small village in Wales…”

This week saw the first official One School One Planet classroom sessions at Llanfyllin High School. We have started working with a class of 29 Year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students, who are helping us to trial and develop our 12 unit course and learing resources.

On Wednesday, Steve took the first class with the group. He introduced the aims of the One School One Planet project and trialled our Vox Pop project with the students, which we first initiated back in December 2016. The Vox Pop project asks three simple questions:

  1. What does Climate Change mean to you?
  2. What do you know about the Paris Climate Agreement?
  3. If you were in charge, what would you do about Climate Change?

Some of the responses from students are collected below. They are quite revealing!

The responses we gathered on Wednesday serve as very useful baseline survey of students’ views and opinions about climate change and their awareness of strategies for dealing with it.

On Friday, Steve and Jack returned to the class to introduce some project work to begin next week. The project will see each student writing their own 3 minute speech inspired by Severn Suzuki’s 1992 address at the Rio Earth Summit. We plan to record their speeches and edit them together into a short video:

In preparation for starting their speeches we asked the class to put together some ideas for things they might include. We suggested that they write three short paragraphs addressing the following points:

1. Tell us about yourself, your background…
2. What are your concerns?
3. What solutions would you propose?

We were keen to point out that what we were really interested in was their own personal concerns. What they themselves are worried about. Here are some of the ideas they came up with. Again, they are revealing of some very important issues surrounding public opinion about the need for social, cultural and economic change in addressing the eco-crisis.

These are all legitimate concerns and opinions that require positive solutions. We hope that over the course of our 12 units – each covering one of the 12 principles of Permaculture – we will be able to address such concerns with practical and sustainable suggestions.

Finally, one last output from these first two days of classroom work: while they were watching Severn Suzuki’s speech we asked the students to make a note of any particularly poignant imagery or ideas in the address. Some of the clusters of imagery they collected read like little poems. Here are a couple of examples:

Stay tuned for more updates on our project!

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Synergies Between Projects

On Friday, Steve Jones and Jack Hunter of the One School One Planet project went on a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. They were joined by permaculture teacher Lachlan McKenzie, author of the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook . Lachlan and Steve have been working together in preparation for the upcoming Permaculture Convergence at Sabina School in Kamuli, Uganda.

At CAT, we met with geologist and Skeptical Science writer John Mason, Paul Allen, co-ordinator of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project, journalist and permaculture teacher Tammi Dalaston, and CAT’s education officer Deirdre Raffan, to discuss the One School One Planet project.

L-R: Lachlan McKenzie, Jack Hunter, John Mason, Paul Allen, Tammi Dallaston. Photo by Steve Jones.

All of the projects mentioned above – Skeptical Science, Zero Carbon Britain and CAT’s educational outreach – share many common aims and objectives with the One School One Planet project. One of the most significant common threads is the importance of mainstream education and a positive vision for the future in tackling the challenges of climate change. We look forward to drawing in these threads through collaboration between projects. This is a very exciting time to be working in this vital field!

On the way back to Llanrhaeadr, we stopped off at the marvelous Cultivate Centre in Newtown to see some of the great educational and community work that has been going on there.

One School One Planet is Moving Forward!

One School One Planet is a groundbreaking educational project, emanating from Llanfyllin in Mid-Wales but with a global outlook.

Following the success of our first year (2016-17), we have secured funding from Arwain/LEADER and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for a further two years of work on the project!

The project simply asks the question: what is our collective vision for Llanfyllin in 2050? Through the lens of the Future Generations Act, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Accord, we are looking forward to a world very different from today.

With the Trump White House locked down in denial of climate change while the USA is battered by a series of once-in-a-thousand-year storms – a pattern long predicted by climate scientists – we are certainly living in interesting times!
Dystopian future visions aside, we are challenged to visualise our own path to a sustainable future, while our governments struggle to lead us out of the quagmire. Maybe it is time to ask the next generation what kind of world they want to grow into?

Paris accord targets graph – part of Images of Paris competition

It is perhaps not surprising that the oil funded denial industry has gone into overdrive to try to keep its monopoly alive a little longer, while the world contemplates the almost total shut down of the fossil fuel industries over the coming decades. France, the UK and China are already talking dates to phase out petrol and diesel cars, and electricity from renewable sources is rapidly becoming cheaper than coal, gas and even nuclear. The world is entering a new era!

What should we be talking about in our schools and across our communities?

How do we prepare ourselves for this scale of change? Businesses, governments and public institutions are going to have to be dragged into the future, because the more rapidly we make these changes the more quickly we reap the benefits and escape the worst ravages of climate change.

The leading climate science bodies tell us it is still possible to avert disaster. The destination we need to get to is known. What needs exploring is the path that will get us there.

Let’s get creative! Let’s generate a clear vision of how we can do this! One School One Planet proposes that we as a community engage in a collective design process to see what we can come up with.

We are kicking off a community scale Permaculture design project which is going to be led by a design team of students from Llanfyllin High School and facilitated by Sector39, the initiators of the project.

Over the next 9 months we are going to be releasing the 12 stages of this process, one by one. Everyone will be able to join in and feed their own ideas into the project. Permaculture design breaks down into 12 sequential themes, that lead to a final vision and design proposal. We will be exploring these through 12 cross-disciplinary units to be delivered simultaneously at Llanfyllin High School and online.

Solving the climate, energy and economic challenges of the day is going to take some fresh perspective and fresh thinking, and we hope we can contribute meaningfully to this process with this project.

The permaculture process asks us to first prepare emotionally and then intellectually for what is coming. We need to be informed, and we need to have a plan. Co-ordinated action is what is required, not a scatter gun approach of unconnected responses. Permaculture design provides that framework, steering ideas and actions into a co-ordinated whole that leads to more resilient and genuinely sustainable alternatives.

Join us, regular updates to follow!

First Images from School Photography Project

The first images from our photography project with Year 10 students at Llanfyllin High School have come in, and they look great! The following represent just a portion of the images pupils have created, more will be uploaded in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

Presentation for GCSE Photography Students

Jack’s presentation, given to GCSE Photography students as an introduction to the Llanfyllin Transition Project last week, has now been uploaded to the resources page:

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Year 10 Photography Class

Jack has been at Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfyllin High School this morning discussing climate change, permaculture and the Llanfyllin Transition Project with Year 10 Photography students. They are going to be creating posters, placards, banners and a book cover for our World Earth Day event in April, communicating the message of our collective responsibility to care for our local and global environment.

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Photography and the Llanfyllin Transition Project

Related image

David Buckland, Another World is Possible.

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