It's our world too

a local -global approach to environmental education at ks 2 and 3

Published jointly with the South Yorkshire DEC and with support form UNICEF-UK.  This publication was the result of creative work by teacher groups in Birmingham, Derbyshire and Sheffield over serval years.  They came together in a series of residential weekend workshops at Loosehill Hall, Castleton.  Loosehill Hall at that time was an the Peak District education centre.

The project provided opportunities for teachers to use local field work, in this case in the Peak District, to explore issues of environment and development in other parts of the world.  This idea had evolved from a range of work initially stimulated by the Bruntland Report ‘Our Common Future?’.  [A report form the World Commission on Environment and Development chaired by Norwegian exPM Gro Harlem Bruntland.] 

This initial work on this local-global approach was further stimulated by the then new National Curriculum ‘Guidance 7’ on environmental education as a cross curricula theme and the UNICEF Report ‘Children and the Environment’ [1990].  This featured ways in which environmental degradation impacted on children’s health and quality of life in different parts of the world.  The book: ‘When the bough breaks’ was also a stimulus.  It highlighted ideas about inter-generational equity.  One of the authors: Lloyd Timberlake spoke at a project launch event.

“It’s our world too” was published in 1992 at the time of the debates generated by the build up to the Earth Summit in Rio.  Since then there has been a growing awareness of the environmental dimension to development issues — the idea of sustainable development and the implications of climate change.

Nevertheless it might now be a good time to revisit the question: how do we see our common future?

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