We asked Anna Bellinger, Footprint’s first Artist in Residence, about her art, interest in environmental issues and hopes in her new role.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Modern English Teacher, Pavilion Publishing 2019. Christopher Graham and Katherine Bilsborough describe a new ELT community.
The global ELT community is becoming more and more socially and – using the team broadly – politically aware. The appearance of global issues such as gender equality, LGBTQ identity, migration and human rights are slowly, rather too slowly perhaps, shifting towards the mainstream in teaching materials, conferences and the general discourse of our community. This is a positive development in itself. But also, perhaps as importantly, a demonstration of our collective realisation that because of our formidable global reach, commonality of purpose (we all somehow teach English) and unique contact with teenagers and young adults, we have the potential to bring about significant changes.
Recently the Woodland Trust (a UK-based woodland conservation charity) got in touch with us on the blog. They wanted to share information about their most recent campaign: The Big Climate Fightback. We had decided to share this information on the blog in order to encourage people based in the UK to take part in the campaign, and to invite people based in other countries to sponsor similar initiatives in their context.
Kate Cory-Wright, one of the founding members of the ELT Footprint Facebook group and an EFL author, teacher, and teacher trainer, has been reforesting a 7-hectare plot of land in the Andes for the past nine years. (See her blog posts about the experience here and here). Based on her experiences of reforesting, she reviews what to consider when considering carbon offset programmes.
In our fourth post in the Greening ELT series, we’d like to say a big thank you to Jemma Hillyer and Helen Holwill at ELT Freelancers for sharing information on the how they are reducing the environmental impact of their ELT Freelancers Awayday in January 2020. (Click on the link to find out more about the event).
Join ELT Footprint in our support for the Global Climate Strike!
As thousands of people around the world plan to join forces to raise awareness of the climate crisis in a week of climate action, starting with the international school strike on September 20 and culminating in the global climate strike on September 27, we’d like to invite ELT Footprint community members to join in from wherever you are in the world, taking whichever non-violent action you believe can have the most impact.
This is the second part in a two-part blog post by Katy Cory-Wright about a regeneration project she and her husband have undertaken in Ecuador. In part 1, Katy describes how the project came about. In Part 2, she shares a fascinating insider’s view on the practicalities of land regeneration.
We’re very happy to welcome Kate Cory-Wright to the blog. Kate is a teacher, trainer and materials writer based in Ecuador. She is a founding member of our Facebook group . In the first of a series of two blog posts, she explains how she set up the Accidental Andean Land Project. (You can read part 2 here.)
In the third post in our Greening ELT series, we would like to thank Scott Markham, president of the Spanish organisation, FECEI (Federación Española de Centros de Enseñanza de Idiomas, Spanish Federation of Language Schools) for sharing an update on the organisation’s most recent initiatives.