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Ely

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Ely featured on this Open Country broadcast recently. Thanks to Helen Young for the tipoff.



Earlier this year, Helen Mark visited the Isle of Eels in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens for its annual eel day festival. She joins the parade of eels through the streets and takes part in the World Eel Throwing Competition (which thankfully involves no real eels). She also learns about the life cycle of the eel and discovers how this extraordinary fish is intimately bound up with the history and culture of Ely. 

UN CC Accreditation - put your school on the map

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There seems to be a growing consensus now about the importance of teaching climate change in schools.
And from my personal perspective, and Steve Brace of the RGS agrees, it's perhaps the geographers who are best placed to do that within the curriculum.

However, all curriculum subjects could bring their own perspectives to the issue: the scientists exploring the atmosphere, mathematicians exploring the data behind changing temperatures, the English teachers studying appropriate books, and Historians exploring the Little Ice Age and the widespread impacts of previous changes in climate over a short time period.

You may also have other ideas of how your subject can support the teaching of climate change.

Are you on the map of climate change teachers yet?

It may be that the summer is the perfect time to go through the accreditation, or perhaps you prefer to wait until the new school year?
The accreditation involves a range of quizzes, following working through a series of modules on cl…

GA Presidents' blog

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I have spent much of the last four days researching the 1920s and the history of the Geographical Association for the next phase in my major project around my GA Presidency: the creation of a biography of all the presidents since 1893, and associated events. I've also been contacting lots of former Presidents and finding out a whole range of stories and connections to

Check out the project here.

I'm currently in 1927, and the most recent President to be added was Charles Close, who was Director General of the Ordnance Survey.



Research informed work on Climate Change - thanks to Saffron O' Neill

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You'll have noticed a Climate Change trend appearing in recent posts on the blog perhaps, following my starting work as a UN Accredited Climate Change teacher which has meant a lot of behind the scenes work to develop some new support options which will be made available to all schools in time.
This is a critical time for influencing public behaviours, and ensuring that students are aware of the realities of Climate Change, which is going to change the world they live in, and require certain changes in their lifestyle, purchasing, transport options and potentially far greater changes.

I've been following up various leads to new Climate Change resources, which are different to the norm.

Saffron O' Neillreplied to one of my requests for help with some research she is doing on how  people view Climate Change, and how it is represented in the media.
She developed some work about how people respond to climate change. The tweet I saw was this one...
Paper just accepted to Climatic …

Riceboy Sleeps

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Last Monday, I kickstarted my summer holiday with a trip to the Barbican to see the UK premiere of Riceboy Sleeps.
A week or so earlier, the performance had been given its World Premiere at the Sydney Opera House. Watch a few of the tracks here...
This was so beautiful.

Support Scott Warren

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I blogged a few days ago about the organisation No More Deaths, which gives humanitarian aid to those attempting to cross the desert into the USA and leaves water for them to save lives.

Geography Professor Scott Warren was working with the association when he was arrested, and faces trial. He faces ten years in jail.

Amnesty International has set up a link where you can provide information and edit / send an e-mail to help campaign for Scott's release.

Support a fellow Geography teacher, and the work of this organisation.

Dan Raven Ellison - "talking walking"

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Dan Raven Ellison interviewed as part of a podcast series.

Delighted to announce our latest Talking Walking interviewee: Dan Raven-Ellison talking walking https://t.co/rFyWQR7Qx4 — Museum of Walking (@museumofwalking) July 18, 2019 It goes back to Mission:Explore and the Geography Collective and our work raising the public consciousness of geography.

The podcast can be downloaded, as well as some notes, and Dan referencing the late Duncan Fuller and Doreen Massey, who we worked with, and the MisGuides.

A good listen for the journey to work perhaps...