Drawdown by Ben Sheppee

Coming to King's Lynn for the next month or so...This consists of projections which will be shone onto 4 key buildings in the town between next weekend and the end of November. I shall be heading over once the clocks have gone back to take a look at this...More details here.
The impact of the 2020 national lock-down has shown us that change can be made and some positive effects have been experienced including people commuting less and becoming more aware of their environment… Can this be the beginning of an influential change? The work aims not to emphasize the problems of climate change, but highlight some of the solutions and provide empowerment through awareness.The project draws on research from Drawdown, a 2017 comprehensive plan to reverse global warming, developed by an international coalition of leading researchers, scientists and policymakers. Their report ranks the top 100 ways to reverse climate change, with #1 being the most effective in sequestering carbon from the env…

Dan's new project

Dan Raven Ellison's 'The UK in 100 Seconds' was a lovely project which resulted in a film which I have used numerous times and I am not alone, made in association with Friends of the Earth and voiced by Benjamin Zephaniah. It has apparently been viewed over 500 000 times.Dan has now launched a Crowdfunding campaign for a new film which will tell the story of the UK's amazing National Parks in 100 seconds.
As Dan says on the Crowdfunder page:In the UK we have 15 beautiful, distinctive and important National Parks. From the New Forest to the Cairngorms and Pembrokeshire to the Broads, our National Parks include a diverse range of landscapes, habitats and uses. The overall picture is complex, hard to imagine and difficult to get a proper sense of proportion. When they are all added together... how much of our National Parks are covered in woodlands, crops, pastures, quarries or urban areas? UK National Parks in 100 Seconds will give us a first look that's not just a st…

Coronavirus cases on the rise

I'm currently working on version 10 of the New PC Geographies document which is approaching 200 pages in length.I recently had cause to google a city and added the word coronavirus and discovered that if you google the name of any large city and add the word 'coronavirus' to your search, you are presented with a map and some statistics in graph form.

The Netherlands in 100 Seconds

Made by Dan Raven Ellison - watch out for his latest project... coming soon.

GERECO Research Seminar

Thanks to GA President Susan Pike for the details of the upcoming Geography, Education Research Collective Open Forum, in association with UK IGU-CGETickets are free.There are three sessions and a discussion - details below - this is a chance for teachers to engage with research in a way which won't take too much time, and connect with the present circumstances which all teachers find themselves in.

Could you be a future GA President?

Some people ask from time to time what they can do to get more involved with the Geographical Association -  other than the obvious way which is to become a member in the first place.We have the Phase committees (including Early Years, Secondary and Post-16/HE) and other Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which have a changing roster of members and activity.There are opportunities to write for the GA's journals: articles and contributions can take various forms and be of differing lengths.Teachers can also apply to be Consultants to the GA, and work comes through fairly regularly. I've just completed some work with a game design company for example.There is now a chance for you to put yourself forward to get involved with the journey that I am currently involved with, and apply to be a future President of the Geographical Association. There are also positions for trustees and governing body roles.Details are published in the GA magazine for Autumn 2020.

'Why Study Geography?' - coming soon

Geography is the big-picture subject for our times. It encompasses subjects ranging from the microscopic – how soils form, and how those soils can be protected and managed well to grow food, for example – through to things as large-scale as the future trajectory of megacities and the threat of ever more warming of the planet. Alan Parkinson’s guide clearly and carefully explains why geography is worthy of study, at GCSE, at A level and at university. It is bang up to date. Students, their teachers and parents are all likely to find it essential reading.
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
Just ahead of lockdown, I met with Richard and Sam from the London Publishing Partnership about writing a book in a series explaining why students should study different curriculum subjects. The History book is already published, and others are on the way. The lockdown gave me the time and the inclination to meet a quite tight deadline, and after several draft…