Tag Archives: Wilderness

New Natural Change Project Report Published!

I’m very excited to announce that the WWF ‘Natural Change: Catalysing leadership for sustainability’ report was published by WWF Scotland today.

The report was launched at an event at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, where project participants talked about their experiences and how the project has influenced their leadership work in the education sector in Scotland.

Co-authored by Margaret Kerr and I, the report is available online and in print.

Download a PDF copy of the report…

Email for a printed copy of the report…

Visit the Natural Change website…

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Beware the Pseudo-Environmentalists!

First published in The Great Outdoors Magazine.

One of the first things I do when I run an eco-education course is introduce the “Environmental Spectrum”. One end of the spectrum is ‘grey’, the other ‘deep green’. Points in between get progressively less grey, and increasingly greener. The object of the spectrum is to help people understand differing perspectives and viewpoints that exist towards environmental matters – even within the ‘environmental’ movement.

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Education for the Real World

It is time for you to learn how to drive a car. The driving instructor takes you into a room full of tables and chairs, the walls covered in shelves lined with books, at one end of the room is a black-board. The instructor takes a book off one of the shelves and hands it to you. The title is “How to Drive a Car”. The instructor then leaves.

After you have read the book, you go outside, get into your new car and drive off. Within five minutes you have crashed.

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Go with the Flow

I am poised leaning backwards out over a 60-foot drop into a roaring abyss. My harness tightens around me, the rope taught between my abseil device and the deeply rooted tree around which it has been wrapped. I take a few more steps backwards, fighting through dense undergrowth, and I am free.

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Every Square Inch

National Parks are a paradox. Men (usual men) take marker pens and scribe boundaries onto maps. On one side of the boundary the landscape is sacred, to be preserved for ‘future generations’. On the other side, it’s business as usual.

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Flight of Fancy

First published in The Great Outdoors Magazine, Jun. 2002.

In the 17th Century, women were publicly weighed to assess if they were lighter than they looked. Those who failed this diabolic weight-watching test were, obviously, witches.

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