Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd) SEEd supports and enables educators and young people to place sustainability at the heart of their work and learning. They aim to be the main hub for bringing together, sharing and enhancing best practice in sustainability and environmental education.
They are about change at the following levels:
- individual (facilitation course, online offers)
- institutional (SSA, evidence, university leadership programme, evaluation at Gloucester University)
- system-wide (campaign, policy fora, consultations, alliances).
To change the Education Act so that the inclusion of ESD is no longer dependent on the resources of individual schools.
Climate change is only a small aspect of sustainability and therefore it requires a specific legal acknowledgement. Securing a place of sustainability and environmental education in the national curriculum would be achieved via amendment of the Education Act.
Section 78 of the Education Act (2002) will be amended by inserting the following after subsection (1) (b): (c) instils and ethos and ability to care for oneself, others and the natural environment, now and in the future.
SEEd develops alliances, networks, and collaborative projects to ensure the education for sustainability work not only carries on but new ways of working and new practices are adopted.
Many of SEEd’s members and supporters are individuals in organisations or in very small charities who can achieve more by joining together with others on projects. Our annual Policy Forum is a ‘seed’ bed for these alliances and collaborative projects. The biggest of these is the Sustainable Schools Alliance which seeks to bring together the over 300 registered organisations working on bringing sustainability into the school campus, curriculum and community.
Spreading good practice to new audiences
By gathering good practice and encouraging learning about change, SEEd influences policy and practice.
The setting up of the Sustainable Schools Alliance was referenced by the Department of Education in the Natural Environment White Paper (Defra, UK July 2011) and shows how they have been able to influence government.
Our biggest change project is our new Sustainability Curriculum Project. Our goal is to change attitudes so that all educators feel it is the right of children, students, and workers to be able to live and work sustainably and to be able to constructively contribute to that work.
Today they have over 4000 subscribers to our newsletter, with views from around the world. Readers come from a variety of backgrounds; individuals, schools, LAs, charities, businesses and the corporate world.