What is our role as language teachers in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (UN)? Great to see this and other questions being considered at IATEFL 2020 Annual Conference in Manchester this April. More info
Excellent to see so many people at ‘Environmental Responsibility in ELT’ at English UK Young Learners annual conference at Harrow School yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came along. Grand surroundings for some really good conversations and hopefully meaningful actions will result..
Very much looking forward to Environmental Responsibility in ELT at the Young Learners English UK Conference at Harrow School tomorrow (21 February 2020). The conference is free for two people from each YLEUK member school; £50 for the day for additional members and non members. Tickets here
Congratulations to Innovate2020 Conference, 15 – 16 May in Barcelona Spain, promising ‘In the wake of the #ExtinctionRebellion protests, #fridaysforfuture and Dan Barber’s iELT19 declaration that we are in a climate emergency, this year’s conference is going green.’ Look out in particular for the four-hour Workshop on 15 May, ‘Moving towards sustainable ELT.’ Information and booking here.
Listen to this excellent three-part podcast from Timothy Morton in which he rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere. ‘This is foetal-position time,’ he says, ‘but it’s on us: dolphins don’t have fingers to turn off the oil pipes.’ Feeling guilty and powerless is not the answer: ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’
The UK Government today announced that a ban on petrol and diesel cars would be brought forward to 2035. While this might sound like good news, we should greet such announcements cautiously. Is this any more than an attempt to control the narrative? Throwing a few crumbs down the road for us to run after? Future commitments are easily made and easily broken. We should look instead at what the government is actually doing now. It has just approved Europe’s biggest gas power station, for example, and is planning a cut in air passenger duty on domestic flights. We need to judge the UK government by its actions, not by its words.
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