Project to tackle unseen heavy-metal pollution in China

COMMENT: Unseen pollution is one of the real impacts of urban living; when children are affected, action is taken…. China’s Five Year Plan http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7171088.htmlmay be a ‘green light’ in the government’s real desire to take action!? However – is it too little too late? “More than 30 major heavy-metal poisoning incidents have occurred since 2009, posingContinue reading “Project to tackle unseen heavy-metal pollution in China”

Oil spill equals bad news; Red Kites signal improving biodiversity in our towns

In the school in the Chilterns where I have been supply teaching, the red kites ‘play’ in the thermals …. a sign that wildlife is once again returning to parts of the United Kingdom. Nature’s Place in Town is being restored, to the benefit of both Children and Nature!  These provide excellent examples of how this magnificent speciesContinue reading “Oil spill equals bad news; Red Kites signal improving biodiversity in our towns”

A race abusing an animal for its own purpose… Dr Who: humans v the environment?

Dr who saving the environment? Whether or not you are a Dr Who fan or into Sci Fi at all, it is hard not to see the parallells. After all, ‘explore new worlds and new forms of life’, often because Planet Earth has become  decimnated and is now ‘unliveable’. Sound familiar/like the environmental castastrophe at itsContinue reading “A race abusing an animal for its own purpose… Dr Who: humans v the environment?”

Who is most pro-environment? And the best for education? The parties and their policies….

MY VIEW: With some oustanding efforts, partuicularly at Copenhagen, labour has for me lost their way re the environment somewhat. Good: Climate change and ban on fox hunting. Unconvinced re low-carbon (lack of joined up thinking) and environment not at the heart of the curriculum eg. lack of adequate funding re school trips – see previous blog.

Conservatives relaunch to be the ‘pro-environment party’; environment still not at the heart of the curriculum. Good: Heathrow. Bad: repealing ban on fox hunting. MY VIEW: Good: end Nuclear power over-reliance (though this is a large debate!), renewable energy and Green Grid. Will they ever get enough local votes to get into power…need proportional representation.

Maps online help get young people and families outdoors – and that’s good news!

OS maps going online will help children and young people to reconnect with Nature. Has the Government really ‘lost its nerve’