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Sustainable Lock-down Learning Essentials

22 April 2020

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To celebrate Earth Day 2020, we thought we’d share some Sustainability and Environmental resources for you. Whether you just want to find out more about a certain topic or participate in some free online courses, this comprehensive list will have plenty to keep you entertained!


Outrage and Optimism: very accessible and a great one for keeping up to date with climate policy and the global movement.

The Sustainability Agenda with Fergal Byrne (he has had some amazing guests right at the top of the sustainability field like Naomi Klien, Jonathan Foley, Paul Hawkins, Caroline Lucas, Rob Hopkins, Kate Raworth, and Tim Jackson).

Costing the Earth by BBC Radio 4.

Sustainable World Radio: The podcast focus on nature, especially plants. It brings you interviews and news about ecology and soil.

Free Online Learning

Open Learn: This free learning portal is brought to you by the Open University. There are 1000’s of free courses on here. Why not check out the Nature and Environment ones!

FutureLearn: Another online portal that offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. With future learn you can pay a small fee to gain certificates of completion. Check out their Nature and Environment section as well.


There are a whole host of videos on sustainability online, here’s a couple of our favourites…

TED Talk: Let the environment guide our development

YouTube: Ellen Macarthur foundation has a YouTube channel where they do questions & answers and live debates with a particular focus on the circular economy.


Climate Change: The Facts (2019): Passionate environmentalist Sir David Attenborough presents the stone-cold facts about the planet’s descent into climate change and how humanity could attempt to rectify it.

Chasing Ice (2012): Deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. These beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breath-taking rate. This is a visually stunning documentary

Before the Flood (2016): Presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change first-hand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. 


There are so many books out there that it can be hard to find something, so we have read and recommend the following to save you the hassle! You could buy digital versions or order from an online retailer. If you are an Amazon Prime member, Audible are currently offering a 30-day trial where you can get an audiobook, plus another, free!

No-one is too small to make a difference’ by Greta Thunberg

SOS: What you can do to reduce climate change – simple actions that make a difference’ by Seth Wynes

‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’ by Naomi Klein

‘How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything’ by Mike Berners-Lee

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change’ by Nathaniel Rich

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