“Stop Blaming Farmers for Everything…”: Challenges in Communicating Change

“Environmental politics needs a new psychological sensitivity, a capacity to listen with the third ear for the passion and the longing that underlie many of our culture’s seemingly thoughtless ecolgocical habits. Those habits may be surrounded on all sides by mighty, often creditable, certainly exhilarating human motivations. Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth, 1992,…

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Reflecting on Classroom Experiences so Far…

Last week saw the end of the first phase of our One School One Planet classroom sessions. Over the last five weeks we have completed five units of our programme with a year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate class (click to be taken to a write-up about the session): Unit 1: Creatively Use and Respond to Change….

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“They got the soil to come alive…”

The theme for Week 4 was ‘Obtain a Yield.’ To begin, and drawing on our emphasis on soil in the previous week, we asked the students to read through a  newspaper article about a recent speech from the current UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. We asked the students…

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“Soil means dirt, crops and ploughing a field…”

The theme for Week 3 was ‘Catch and Store Energy.’ The first taught session with the class aimed to explore how natural systems function – specifically in the context of soil ecosystems and trophic pyramids. To begin we introduced the theme of soil, and asked students to think about something they probably hadn’t really thought…

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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….

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