This blog post collates information from the national Learning for Sustainability network for practitioners and senior managers working in Falkirk education establishments. It shares exciting new materials and information about the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties which takes place in Glasgow between 1st -12th November 2021 (known as COP 26 – click the image to visit the official site).
The five themes of this international event are:
- Clean Transport
- Energy transition
- Adaptation and resilience
This link will take you to a Tweet and video clip from the organisers of this event in which David Attenborough explains how vitally important its outcomes are. The Scottish Government commitment to the goals of COP 26 is shared via its Net Zero Scotland campaign which you can learn more about here.
Some of the many education resources for use with pupils connected to COP 26 may already have come to your attention. The links below take you to key national support and teaching materials which you can use next session as part of your usual curriculum content, or for any new subject-specific or interdisciplinary learning contexts you feel will engage your children and young people and contribute to their development of the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
To view the recording of the 10.6.21 Education Scotland professional learning session about COP 26 please click here.
To view the Wakelet of resources and ideas created by the Education Scotland LfS team relating to COP 26 click here.
To explore how you can combine COP 26 learning contexts with your pupils’ development of STEM skills, click here
To explore the professional learning and education resources provided by our Scotdec partners click here
Learn more about the Children’s Parliament Climate Change group, vision and aims by clicking here.
Click here to learn more about the BBC Scotland Climate Tales writing competition for children and young people aged 5-16.
Click here to view an example of the data available about our planet from the NASA website. There is powerful data evidencing the current twin emergencies of climate change and loss of biodiversity including a range of satellite images comparing the same locations over time.
Education Scotland colleagues have set up a GLOW Learning for Sustainability Practitioner Network in MS Teams for practitioners/leaders with an interest in LfS and COP 26. Please use this code o4sj08j to join the network. This Glow LfS MS Teams space will be used to host drop-in sessions, provide support and signpost information/resources. This will also be a space for practitioners to connect with like-minded practitioners and share resources, ideas and practice. The final drop-in session take place between 5-5.45 pm on 17th June 2021.
From early September, colleagues in the Scottish Government and Education Scotland will publicise and co-ordinate a series of opportunities to engage with learning relating to COP 26. There will be daily challenges and activities relating to weekly themes. These will launch on the Monday of each week and there will be things to do each day. This work is being developed right now and will be done with a range of partners. The 5th of November has been identified as “Learning day” focussing on education around climate change, and the 7th November will be community involvement day, so you may appreciate advance notice and want to consider whether/how you and your learners could engage on these dates too.
Ian Menzies, senior development officer for Learning for Sustainability has created this power point presentation (narrated) which is a wonderfully broad overview of Learning for Sustainability and can be used by whole staff groups in education establishments to refresh and review LfS within their curriculum. Ian and colleagues are encouraging practitioners and senior leaders to use the LfS self-evaluation tooklit (click here ) to inform school improvement planning and help with this process.
And finally – for anyone in need of inspiration to do something about climate change – including those with a passion for sport – take a look at BBC Sport 2050 resources here. These include powerful video clips which explore how predicted impact of climate change will affect the sports we are most passionate about AND how sport is already being affected!
This blog post is the first of a series which will share specific Falkirk education establishment COP 26 teaching and learning. Please comment below or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you are planning or what we can do to help!