TRAID knows that out there, all round the country, there are thousands of creative and committed educators who want to do more for the living planet and the unprecedented ecological crisis that compromises the future of generations to come.
These educators want to engage, inspire and motivate learners to live more sustainably, and to implement small actions that can make a big difference in their schools and communities. However, with jam-packed curriculums and too much to teach, sometimes there is not enough time for educators themselves to continue learning.
To address this, TRAID has launched a new online publication to help educators learn more about implementing education for sustainability in the classroom and beyond. We will bring you information about the latest training, share new resources and keep you updated on innovative pedagogical techniques.
With this quarterly newsletter, we also aim to strengthen the sense of community amongst those teaching to inspire change, but who also face challenges of any kind. For example, research reveals that 75% of UK teachers feel that they have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change, its implications for the environment and societies around the world, and how this can be addressed.
In this first issue, and in those to come, you will find out what other teachers are doing, who, like you, might be struggling with budget constraints and demanding schedules; what is working for educators when it comes to sustainability and what isn’t; and the small steps you can take as an educator to bring sustainability into the classroom. For example, in our interview with Dr. Erin Redman, sustainability expert at the University of Wisconsin, she points out that a simple but important way to educate is by modelling behaviour such as using a reusable water bottle, or wearing second-hand clothes, and explaining to learners why.
Let’s start the journey of building this community space together. Get in touch with us to share your ideas, successes, challenges and thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.