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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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Permaculture field trip and introduction

This weekend field trip is the open to all and also form the opening of a full PDC which will based at based at Chester Cathedral.

The weekend is open to those interested in meeting and networking with the Chester group and experiencing a permaculture introduction even if they are not planning to complete the whole course.

£85 includes food and bunkhouse accommodation
Based at Llanfyllin Workhouse and visiting several local projects, gardens and meeting local permaculture pioneers

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.

Design Competition Deadline Extended! November 30th 2017!

We have had some wonderful submissions so far! So that we can get more, we have decided to extend the deadline to the 30th of November 2017!

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in submitting an image to our competition here is the original brief:

Help us communicate our critical message…

Since September 2016 we have been working with the aim to find the leaders of the future, creating exciting new opportunities for work, play and learning.

Our goal is to build an inclusive vision for schools and communities that recognises and understands our responsibilities as global citizens, while also meeting our commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.

We need a powerful and clear image to communicate effectively the significance of the Paris Climate Agreement…

The targets the global community has to reach to have a realistic chance of avoiding climate change calamity are tough:

  • Reduce emissions by half in the coming decade, and then again in each of the 2 following decades
  • Re-invent farming to become a net carbon sink instead of being a significant source
  • Create new technologies that can effectively extract carbon from the air and store it somewhere safe such as underground

The targets for these objectives look like this on a graph and the treaty allows us thirty years to make the changes required:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We think this is a powerful image and it many ways it represents a map to the future. However a steep slope down into uncertainty makes a daunting sight, so we flipped it round to represent the rising up out of the mire of pollution and fossil fuel addiction to a bright new future.

Much more appealing but hey, I am just an economics teacher what do I know?

We need a compelling image that will look good on posters, t-shirts, we want to put it everywhere!

The challenge is for all you creative people out there to turn this image into something inspirational that can be shared and used around the world to inspire change and action.. Over to you!

Your Prize!!

Communicating such a vital message is a difficult challenge, and we are offering 3 fantastic prizes to the successful creative!

Your work will not only be used as the face of our revolutionary campaign, which is educating and inspiring the young minds who will make the decisions of our collective future…We will also provide and plant 3 tree guilds in return for your creative input.

The guild comprises of: 1 heritage apple tree and a set of supporting plants to help with pollination, fertility and weed control.

The first guild will go to Llanfyllin High School as part of their transition to a green leader in North Wales.

The second will be for the winner of the competition.

For the third guild, the winner of the competition can choose 1 other school or educational body to receive a tree guild provided and planted by Sector39’s own Permaculture Academy!  

Planting these  guilds will help us spread the word and inspire your school or institution to produce the climate change leaders we so badly need!

Competition Submission Date Deadline: 11 am Thursday 30th November 2017.

Contact us with your ideas.

Chester Cathedral Workshop

Intro talk for a proposed full permaculture design course also at the Cathedral.

Permaculture in Chester

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!

Embracing Change, Unit One of One School One Planet

Either we reject science or we have to listen to what it is telling us.

The Paris treaty is the bottom line from science, either we plan to achieve its ambitious and inflexible targets or we perish from our own stupidity!

Nyero school, Eastern Uganda joins in One School One Planet Permaculture

permaculture at Nyero

Work day at Nyero school, Uganda. Permaculture in Practice. The participants from our recent PDC in Kamuli Uganda led on this workshop in Nyero.

Congratulations to Godfrey and Helen and their team members for this wonderful work at Nyero school Uganda. Helen and Godfrey attended the Sector39 PDC in Kamuli in May this year and are now working through their local community to help promote permaculture in schools.

Here together with 60 pupils and staff and NGO workers they have begun a school permaculture make over. Planting the first trees of their food forest, digging swales, making biochar and designing and planting tree guilds. We believe every school should be talking about Climate change and building a more resilient landscape. Schools can use their buildings and grounds to trap water, build soil and develop useful yields from what they already have and without significant investment other than that of time and energy of the students and teachers.

Sector39 are training practitioners who can lead on this practical and inspirational work to help build capacity t fight climate change and build a more secure and localised food supply.

Our next full PDC will be at Sabina School in Rakai District of Uganda.

PDC advert Sabina PDCUG18

Advert for Sabina School PDC May 2018 #PDCUG18

Forging Connections

Adrian Pickles, Cathy Preston and Steve Jones at Llanfyllin Wetlands.

We have just returned from a great meeting at the Wetlands in Llanfyllin with Cathy Preston of the  Field Studies Council’s Growing Confidence Project and Adrian Pickles, Head of the Preston Monford Centre, seeking to build links between our projects.

The One School One Planet Programme Proposal.

We talked through our work with Llanfyllin High School and our proposed programme for bringing permaculture themes and ecoliteracy into mainstream education. The aim is to bring about a shift in thinking about our collective responsibilities as global citizens facing the challenges of climate change. We think education has a vital role to play in this!

We are very hopeful that we will be able to work together to make connections between the goals of the FSC, the One School One Planet project and Llanfyllin High School. We discussed possible field trip days, residential courses for young people with an interest in ecology, opportunities for interdisciplinary study and much more.

A view of the Cae Bodfach Community Orchard from the Wetland.

Keep your eyes peeled for future developments, and we look forward to more collaborations in the coming weeks and months.

First Day of Busoga High School Permaculture Club!

Charles Mugarura from Permaculture Research Institute of Uganda with the president and leadership team of the Busoga Permaculture Club.

June 3rd 2017 saw the first meeting of Busoga High School’s new Permaculture Club!

Students at the school have been working with members of the ‘Saving the Planet, One School at a Time’ team to develop a permaculture design for their own school and wider communities.

Permaculture design always starts with a plan.

These are precisely the same initiatives we want to introduce to Llanfyllin High School. Permaculture design principles can be applied whether we are living in the temperate Welsh hills, or the humid tropics of Uganda.

Chapter 10 of Bill Mollison’s permaculture design manual covers the humid tropics and is full of ideas of how to work the land in Uganda in line with natural principles, using what is already available to us.

We hope to be able to foster closer links between Busoga High School and Llanfyllin High School. One project we have in mind to achieve this is our ‘Tree Guild Project.’

Students at Busoga High School have been designing their own tropical tree guilds, making use of permaculture principles. We want to help students at Llanfyllin High School to do the same!

It doesn’t matter that the climates and plant species of Uganda and Wales are so different, the principles are exactly the same!

This project captures the essence of the positive message we want to share – through adapting to our local climatic and ecological conditions we can live more productively, responsibly and sustainably.

Keep your eyes peeled for developments as we seek to roll out this project to students at Llanfyllin High School!

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