Influence

ELT is in a unique position to increase environmental awareness and positively influence behaviour among students and teachers in and from many different countries. We have a unique ‘soft power’ we can exert that gives us the potential to make our profession not just carbon neutral, but carbon positive.

Deepening our students’ connection with nature​:

Just teaching about environmental issues will not make our students – particularly children – care for the environment. Taught badly it could actually have the opposite effect. What will make our students care is a deepened connection with nature. So part of our responsibility as ELT professionals is to find ways of deepening that connection. Some ideas:

Influencing – further information:

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom: https://www.lotc.org.uk/category/resources/

STEM Ginger Education specialises in Natural Sciences and the English language and offers plenty of activities, resources and support. (STEM = Science, Technology, English and Maths).
https://stemgingereducation.com/

Green Schools Project: ​resources to help scaffold school initiatives and get young people involved in environmental campaigns
https://www.greenschoolsproject.org.uk/

Eco Schools Programme: ​WWF programme aiming to build awareness and good practice in schools, leading to a Green Flag award
https://www.wwfmy-esd.com/ecoschoolsprogramme

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: ​UNESCO Teacher education programme
http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/

ELT Sustainable: ​ideas, resources and courses for bringing the environment into your lessons
https://eltsustainable.com/

Climate Visuals: a collection of royalty free environmental photos to use in your classroom / school
https://climatevisuals.org/

Into Film – film suggestions: environment-themed films and documentaries that can be ordered, watched and discussed in your school
https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/world-environment-day

Outdoor Learning Made Easy: Blog page for this commercial organisation includes lots of good general information on why outdoor learning matters.
https://www.outdoorlearningmadeeasy.co.uk/category/outdoor_learning_made_easy_blog/
26 February 2020

Instituto Terra: ​Another good news story
https://mymodernmet.com/sebastiao-salgado-forest/?fbclid=IwAR0tIiERAvW3-nb50yg6l1sPiM9_AfBv9Vdi7xTss79CcKB9GnBs54vipEA

Forest Garden video: ​how a diverse forest garden in the UK can help nature to adapt to climate change.
https://youtu.be/Q_m_0UPOzuI

Integrating Global Issues in the creative English Language classroom​: ELT publication based on UN Sustainable Development Goals
https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/attachments/pub_29200_creativity_un_sdg_v4s_web.pdf

Daniel Barber ELT Climate Emergency Declaration:
https://blog.innovateevents.com/ielt19/climate-emergency-declaration-for-the-elt-industry/

Eco TEFL​: Thought-provoking blog entry from Christopher Graham.
https://blog.innovateevents.com/ielt19/climate-emergency-declaration-for-the-elt-industry/ See also ​this video

IATEFL Global Issues SIG: ​web site​ and F​acebook page