There are a wealth of resources out there for the sustainability-minded to find, use and learn from. We we want to use this space to highlight some of the ones we’ve found most useful. From e-newsletters, to podcasts, videos, and other blogs, there’s something out there that suits everyone and we hope you’ll find something useful on this page each time you check in.
I recently came across this article by Cool Earth; it’s a fantastic breakdown of the latest IPCC Global Warming Report released in October 2018, putting the whole report into really easy to understand terms.
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- NASA – Global Climate Change
- Extinction Rebellion
- Sustainability & Environmental Education (SEEd)
- George Monbiot
- Olio – The Food Sharing Revolution
- Plastic Oceans
- A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife – Chris Packham
- Costing the Earth
- Zero Waste Countdown
- Pulse of the Planet
- Living on Earth – Environmental News
- Behind the Schemes – Wildlife Trafficking
- Generation Anthropocene – Stories and conversations about planetary change
- Warm Regards – About the warming planet
- Terrestrial – Exploring the choices we make in a world we’ve changed
- NPR’s Environment Podcast – News on the environment, climate change, pollution & endangered species
- The Energy Gang – Weekly podcast on energy, clean tech & the environment
- No Such Thing as a Fish – Not a climate-focused podcast, but looking at interesting news stories from across the globe and little known facts – a good listen!
- Twinkl – KS1 Educational Resources
- Practical Action – Science Education Resources
- Eco Action Games – Global Goals Games
- Green Schools Project
Newsletters are a great way to get up date information delivered straight to your inbox. Yes I said inbox, one of the things I’ve struggled with most is a love for paper copies of things; magazines, newsletters, leaflets, books, information in general is better in paper form. But when we’re thinking in sustainability terms we need to be thinking zero-waste, we need to be thinking not just can they be recycled but can we avoid the paper process in the first place, and by utilising the digital age we’re in we can easily move away from the over-consumption of paper products by switching our choices from hard-copies, to digital copies. All the e-newsletters you’ll find here are exactly that, sustainability e-newsletters delivered straight to your inbox. They’re full of great, up to date information, how to’s, and resources that’ll keep you up to date with the sustainability world. Enjoy.
SEEd are a sustainability charity based in Stroud that work globally with UNESCO on Education for Sustainable Development. They run a number of projects including their Future Citizens programme which works with schools, academies and colleges across the country and internationally to develop and embed a whole school approach to sustainability into every aspect of their campus, curriculum and community. If you’ve not heard of them then it’s definitely worth heading over to their website and having a look at what they’re up to, and some of the fantastic resources they’ve got available to environmental educators (and anyone interested in sustainability). SEEd bring out a free monthly e-newsletter, which I compile and edit for them each month, that’s jam packed full of environment news, education news, upcoming workshops and events across the country, environmental education jobs, and the latest opportunities to get involved throughout the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) world. SEEd are a members based charity, and if you sign up for membership you can get your own news, blogs and information into the members section of the newsletter. Whether you’re looking for more information, or a place to share your own work, this newsletter is a fantastic resource to have. You can sign up to their newsletter here.
Pebble Magazine is an online sustainable lifestyle and green living resource that looks at down to earth sustainable and zero-waste living and helps you find the facts and put them into action through interesting and informative articles and understanding. You can use their website to find great resources on ethical fashion, zero-waste shops, plastic alternatives, organic food and vegan and vegetarian recipes. Or if you’re looking for a weekly dose of information to keep you up to date and in the know you can sign up to their free weekly newsletter which gets delivered straight into your inbox and features some really useful articles. This one’s all about how we live, and how we can live well without harming our planet through sustainable alternatives. You can sign up to their newsletter here.
“Read the change. Whether it’s sustainable design, ethical fashion, slow food or eco-travel, pebble is about how we want to live, the world we want in the future, our dreams and desires. #pebblesmakeripples“
Sublime tags itself as “The First Sustainable Lifestyle Magazine” and while I can’t confirm or deny the truth of this, I can tell you that they’re a fantastic resource full of thought provoking articles about sustainable living, what others are doing around us, and what we can do to make a difference. They’re all about changing the media to change the world and they’re on to the right track with their array of information spanning from ethical culture, to environment, to eco-travel, to arts and culture, genes, what makes us tick, and how we can all make a difference. Their website is well worth a look, but I suggest you give yourself plenty of time cause there’s a wealth of info and intrigue on there that you’re highly likely to get sucked into. You can sign up to Sublime’s bi-monthly e-newsletter through a sign-up box on their website, and if you’re really into what they’ve got to say there’s a link allowing you to purchase back issues. Sublime describes itself as “authentic, honest and fresh, exploring community and celebrating diversity and individuality while capturing the spirit of our time. It is urban, entertaining, informative and thought provoking, and above all, an independent voice.“
Blogs / Websites
ONESIMPLETHING is a website written and designed by Christine Farrell, who believes that if we want to thrive in today’s crazy world we all need to be better informed and take responsibility for our lives, because everything we do matters. ONESIMPLETHING is a website offering you information on social, environmental and lifestyle issues, and how we can understand and implement the Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world and create a sustainable future where no man or woman is left behind. This website also sports the ONEWORLD resource, which is a range of resources aimed at helping young people delve into the world of understanding sustainability issues without feeling overwhelmed, confused, or totally disheartened. You can join the discovery club for £7 a month or £60 a year, or if you’re a teen or beyond you can join the seniors club for £35 a year, and get access to the resources mentioned above. If you’re not into paying for it, then keep checking out the website, and make sure you sign up to their free weekly e-guide on sustainable living, you can sign up here.
Costing the Earth is a regular Radio 4 podcast dedicated to exploring man’s effect on the environment and how it reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world. These podcast covers relevant and interesting topics, often those that are hot in the media, helping to engage and inspire through a series of discussions, interviews and reports that document our collective impact on the environment. Delving into the research behind the issues we’re seeing today in 30 – 60 minute slots, while it may feel that certain topics are only scratch the surface this is a great resource giving you information that you can take out into your own investigations. There is a whole back catalogue of these podcasts available on the Radio 4 Website.
In Zero Waste Countdown host Laura Nash is on a countdown to get as close as possible to a zero waste lifestyle in a year. Inspired by the fact that the ocean is on a countdown to 2050; by which time it’s stated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, Laura has set herself a zero waste challenge, and out is out to share it with everyone. She’s finding out what’s wrong with plastic, what alternatives are out there, how we can change our thinking, and how others have already taken that step. Her podcasts are a mixture of information through personal discovery, research, and interviews with ethical businesses and designers sharing her dedication to leave a happier and healthier planet for future generations. You can find Laura’s podcast here.
If you work with people; children; young people; adults; any kind of people, then you’ll understand the importance of having access to a wealth of really important educational resources. We’ve done our best to give you a brief flavour here of all the education resources we’ve come across that we think are worth sharing. We hope you’ll agree, and that you’ll find them useful.