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Accelerating local climate action in the UK

Posted by Ric

OPPORTUNITY
Carbon Copy focuses on the power of local action and the potential of local areas to become a focus of climate policy. Because while climate change impacts the entire world, the specific challenges it creates – from flooding to biodiversity loss – manifest locally. Because those activities that drive the problem that create the emissions and destroy our ecosystems – for example, from poor policy decisions or corporate strategy – happen locally. And because most of what will constitute large scale change, at least in the near term, is the spread of ambitious local initiatives.

Our intended audience are not those environmentally driven individuals leading the charge; instead, it is the ‘early majority’ of the population who are on the cusp of making changes, as long as it makes social sense and appeals to their innate sense of fairness. According to Johan Rockstrom (renowned researcher in environmental science), we have a unique opportunity right now to target this receptive early majority of the population, as the most effective way to tip the scales towards dramatically changing our social norms.

AIM
Our aim is to hook up civic society with climate action and empower more people locally to embrace and help lead this fundamental change in how we live together.

RESEARCH OUTPUT
To date, people all over the UK have shared their climate action stories with us and we have published around 1000 initiatives on Carbon Copy. This is a unique collection of first-hand experiences that offer insights on how to bring people together locally in the name of climate action.

Using this original repository, referencing other published research reports and conducting interviews, we would like your help to research and understand the attitudes and preoccupations of the segment of population that could be persuaded to join in these kinds of local initiatives. Who are they, what are their motivations, what messaging would engage them, what kinds of community-led action would influence them? Who among them would have the biggest impact if they joined in?

The output of your research would help us answer these questions.

RESEARCH OUTCOME
Based on this understanding, we will adjust our current communication tactics and messaging to reach this audience more effectively. The 1000 climate action stories and people behind them will not simply inspire others, but lead to similar collective local action elsewhere as they copy what’s working.

Please note the start and completion dates for this research are flexible and we are open to suggestions.

2030 SDGs Game

Posted by Nick

Participants playing the 2030 SDGs Game learn through play and experience a change in perspective, they feel more connected to the challenges we all face and are more ready to take action.

Come and participate in the 2030 SDGs Game workshop in order to:
• Understand relevance of sustainable development
• Demystify the SDGs
• Experience first hand what it takes to create a balanced world and how everything is are interconnected
• Explore the power of your actions and how you can contribute to a more balanced world.
Who can play the game?
Anyone can! Whether you have no prior knowledge of the SDGs or you are an SDG expert you can play this game. The game has been played by people all over the world from senior management of leading global companies, government official, to university students, activists and everyone in between. The more diverse the game participants are, the more representative of society it is.

To participate in this game please express your interest by emailing: valeria.andreoni@liverpool.ac.uk

Utilising Policy to Improve Climate Crisis Education across the Scottish Education System

Posted by Sonya Peres

Summary
SAGES are offering a unique opportunity for a short-term Internship with the Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) specifically working on the Teach the Future campaign, a student and pupil-led campaign lobbying Government to repurpose the education system for the climate emergency. The intern will research education policy to feed into meetings with Members of Scottish Parliament and to write consultation responses on behalf of Teach the Future Scotland. Teach the Future Scotland’s Asks have been embedded into the election manifestos of both the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Green Party and consequently, there may be other objectives/areas of policy research as part of the role depending on the results of the May 6th election.

Background

Aims and Objectives
The role of the SAGES intern will be to support researching policy education policy and sustainability to advance Education for Sustainable Development across Scotland.

The primary objective are as follows:

Objective 1: Research policy surrounding each Teach the Future Scotland Asks ahead of meetings with civil servants and councils.

Objective 2: Research policy surrounding Teach the Future Scotland Asks to improve and update/improve Asks following Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

Objective 3: Research policy relevant to Teach the Future Scotland Asks to respond to consultations on behalf of Teach the Future.

Timeframe
Teach the Future Scotland will be working with Scottish Government in the lead up to COP26 to implement Asks. There will normally be around 1-2 meetings with MSPs or civil servants a month and around 2 consultations a month.

Person specifications
Please note – the applicant must be a member of SAGES (If you attend a SAGES Institution*, you are eligible to become a SAGES member).
We are looking for an Early Career Researcher or SAGES Graduate student:
• Either working towards, or has recently completed a PhD
• Knowledge and/or experience of working with education policy
• Knowledge and/or experience sustainability policy
• Strong research and synthesis skills.
• Strong communications skills (written and verbal)
• Independent worker who can plan their own workload and is confident in their ability to deliver a well written report.
• DBS or PVG check

How to apply
To apply, please provide a one-page cover letter detailing why you are the right person for this Policy Internship as well as a CV (2 pages maximum) to Laura Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. Please include one reference that you are happy for us to contact, should you be successful.

Questions can be directed to sonya@teachthefuture.uk Sonya at Teach the Future.

*SAGES Partner Institutions: Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, SAMS UHI, SUERC, UWS and the British Geological Survey, Scotland.

Deadline: 16th June 2021.

Neuro diversity in police custody

Posted by Dean

Working in partnership with Bromley Autism partnership , Brixton ARCS and Metropolitan police Detention (Met Det) safeguarding hub are developing a multi strand approach to adjusting the way custody staff interact with some sections of the Neuro diverse community are dealt with in the custody environment and utilising their lived experience to identify area where adjustments can be facilitated and adopted.

This includes providing custody staff with bespoke Neuro diversity awareness and adjustment training and utilising people with a range of neuro diverse conditions scrutinizing and assisting in shaping the content of the training and conducting site visits to four trial sites Bromley, Croydon, Brixton and Walworth, these would include individuals with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and if possible Touretts syndrome before then providing a considered suggestion of areas of concern aiming specifically suggestions as to how we could amend processes or physical factors etc.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student in social sciences to formulate a study report which would support us to amend areas of concerns where appropriate, these adjustments could then be rolled out across the MET DET estate. The role is flexible and varied in terms of time commitment and can be delivered over a period of time. It would involve working with a cohort of volunteers and staff.

The student will have to coordinate with the lead contact to discuss research methods and how the project can be delivered whilst considering protection requirements for everyone involved.

The dates of the research are flexible and open to amendment

Employment, family and sustainability

Posted by Catherine

Neuroscience has demonstrated that the relationships we experience, particularly early in life, have a significant impact on our future life outcomes. Recent ONS data has also confirmed that when family and key relationships are working well, they are the leading factor supporting our resilience through tough times. Our research, has highlighted the key role employers and organisations play in influencing whether families of all forms, thrive or not. The Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as actions that take account of impact on current as well as future generations and we want to strengthen the understanding, commitment and inspiration of employers and corporations to shift the dial on this key issue.

We are currently confirming budget available and are open to discussing the best ways to deliver this opportunity and attract someone who will be the right fit. We are currently in discussion with other potential partners which is likely to result in this brief being finetuned.

The objectives of our overall project are:
1. To scale an urgent and national-level on family as a central part of organisational sustainability practice
2. To partner with 2-3 leading entrepreneurs to further develop their learning, practice and tools to inspire wider system change, inclusive of diverse and dynamic families
3. To partner with leading sustainability and employment groups to scale conversation and action and embed this within their ongoing support to organisations
4. To share learning with government professional bodies to influence future regulation and good practice

We are open to other ideas; our thinking is that this colleague would work with us to develop the following outputs:
- creation of a business case template to support organisational champions to get traction on family as an ESG issue
- creation of 2-3 simple organisational self-assessment tools and processes which inform meaningful organisational improvement
- meaningful and accessible metrics that align with existing ESG frameworks
- strong partnerships with key sustainability organisations (as a result of high quality work and relationship building)
- recommendations for inclusion in influencing activities with investment activists, professional bodies and government consultations on future employment and ESG

We are a micro organisation which works remotely and part-time as business as usual. We have a system of annualised TOIL and flexible working. Employees provide their own equipment. There are many opportunities to learn and develop through the organisation and role including access to some external training and networking opportunities. There will be an expectation of strong planning, problem-solving ability, active listening and relationship building skills. Since we are breaking new ground and influencing from a low starting position, it will be important that candidates are both resilient, self-aware and communicative. We are an inclusive organisation with a strong commitment for all families -whatever their make up or circumstances- to thrive.

BASc Global Sustainable Development, Politics and International Studies

Posted by Hollie Ryan

Menstruation and the environment: a bloody mess?

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Matthew Kilgariff

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The work of the Transport Workers Battalions on the canals of Britain during WW1

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Midlothian Council (Free school meals and child poverty)

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How student-led organisations approach sustainability

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Staff and/or students engagement in sustainability and how this feeds into the teaching curriculum

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What are student-led organisations around the world doing on the sustainable development goals? 

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EAUC

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NUS (What are student-led organisations around the world doing on the SDGs?)

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