We’re very pleased to be able to share a fascinating blog post by Julie Moore, writer, teacher trainer and lexicographer, taking an in-depth look at the way language used to talk about the climate is changing and the possible repercussions for us as teachers and materials writers.
On June 10, 2019, just two weeks after our group was launched, the ELT Footprint page hit 1000 members. We published a blog post to celebrate the occasion. Today, November 3, 2019, our group hit 2,000. In celebration of this fact, we’ve decided to go back and see what we’ve achieved in the last five months.
We are delighted with the ongoing dialogue ELT Footprint is having with IATEFL about their environmental commitment. They are busy working to make the organisation a brighter shade of green. This includes engaging with exhibitors at the annual conference to make sure that they are aware of IATEFL’s new policies and making sure their Exhibitors’ Handbook reflect these policies. Check out their IATEFL2020_Exhibition Environmental Awareness poster with some great suggestions.
On 29 June I added a comment on our Facebook page about our tendency to buy cheap, throwaway fashion. I’d been thinking about this for a while and having parallel discussions with friends, in various places, especially those with fashion-conscious children who want to stretch their pocket money as far as they can. After all, why buy one ethically-sourced T-shirt, when, for the same money you can buy 10? This is a mind-set we need to change.
ELT Footprint is three weeks old but it feels like it’s been around a lot longer. We’re overwhelmed by the buzz over on the Facebook page. We’re delighted with the response of members and your generosity in sharing lesson plans, ideas, interesting news articles and stories about what’s going on in classrooms around the world to highlight the climate crisis and be proactive in changing habits and minds.
Just over two weeks since our group was launched on Facebook on May 24 and we’ve just hit 1000 members! A big thank you to everyone involved for your continuing enthusiasm and commitment. The response has been overwhelming – in so many different ways. Sometimes the flood of notifications has been dizzying but each and every conversation has brought something new to the table.