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Environmental Education for Sustainable Development in the C21st

The current impact of Cyclone Tauktae in India, the historic heatwave and wildfires of the North American west, and the catastrophic floods in Europe remind us that there has never been a more important time to value and champion education for sustainable development, The National Association for Environmental Education is celebrating its 50th anniversary year in the UK, and works tirelessly to raise the importance of this subject in the classroom. This fantastic membership organisation run by volunteers supports a wide range of professional educators to help them improve the quality of their teaching and their students’ learning in relation to environmental and sustainability issues.

We have contributed an article about global learning and The Earth Museum in their latest termly journal. Its been a real delight to read the wide-ranging contributions within and reflect a little on the relationship between computer-based learning resources we promote and the back to basics principles of teaching in the natural environment. I guess here at The Earth Museum we want to inspire young people to connect with both the (hyper) local and global environment within which they live, so they think about how their actions shape both.

Our work is interested in exploring how teaching can engage with the powerful immediacy of a student’s physical and social environment while utilising the virtual immersive experience to make learning connections with a wider world. Taking a deep mapping perspective in the real and virtual domains provides opportunities to experiment with this relationship in ways that strengthen sustainable development learning outcomes for both styles of learning.

We look forward to continuing our own learning about delivering impactful environmental education experiences in the C21st.

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