Angela Farnish

Angela Farnish

I am a Learning for Sustainability teacher, Mental Health Officer with a youth charity and outdoor enthusiast.

Location Scottish Borders


  • The EC04 scheme seems to be the route people are taking, if in receipt of certain benefits then it makes solar panels an affordable choice. I'll pop a link in below.

  • and really interesting to see the signs up ahead of the LEZ in June.

  • It's good to hear about what is happening in London, thanks for sharing @BarbaraLister . I'm just on the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh and have been reminded of how many green spaces are in Glasgow and the difference it makes to the feeling of space and connection.

  • Thank you for sharing the link @BarbaraLister , looks really interesting for anyone who is able to get there.

  • Welcome @AnkitaBoral to the course! You'll find lots of discussion around education as you work through the weeks, particularly in the second half of each section.

  • Welcome to the course @RohabSiddiqui , it's good to hear that you'll be able to use this knowledge in your professional work.

  • Welcome @FerozaJafari , you'll find discussions on most of the topics as you work through the units with some interesting ideas so far, feel free to comment and add your own thoughts.

  • Thanks for sharing this @PaulKamill - understanding why is an important first step towards change.

  • I've watched this initiative grow locally to me over the last few years
    ... it has become a place for all ages to eat at a price they can afford and prevent food waste as well as promoting social inclusion. But I love your idea of a community kitchen @PaulKamill - I've experienced this when travelling...

  • @LouisSmardina interesting link!

  • @BarbaraLister really interesting links, many thanks for sharing. I wonder if any of our course participants from elsewhere in the world have the same thoughts? Are you in a place where this heritage is more highly valued?

  • @BarbaraLister thank you for the link!

  • @BarbaraLister I love your description of the hedges, we are lucky to have quite a few here and I often just stop to look and listen.

  • I teach online to my students, which comes with its own challenges but also allows for some creative ways for anonymous collaboration on Jamboard or Mentimeter for example. I find this can create space for those who may be ordinarily silenced in a physical classroom. What simple tools or teaching methods have you found that work to allow everyone to...

  • @HannahCraig it's good to take some time to reflect and think what we could be doing, and for the students to see this in us too. Are you able to put your sustainability issue into your lessons at all to get ideas from the young people?

  • Agreed @HannahCraig , there are many initiatives already out there. How much freedom and time do you have with your students to take meaningful action, whether that is local or on a more global scale?

  • @ArchieMarshall I agree with your point about avoiding echo chambers and instead operating in multiple systems. I have noticed that for a long time the "green" movement has been very much stuck in an echo chamber but it seems to be permeating to every part of society because of those who cross boundaries.

  • Welcome to the course @wagdialqadase - your post really got me thinking about priorities and what is important in life. It is good to have people who are prepared to stand up for what they believe in.

  • @HannahCraig that really is an exciting opportunity, I'm interested to hear how it is being balanced against other subjects and who will be teaching these classes?

  • Welcome @SabaMajeed - there are some lively discussions happening already but always room for different viewpoints and questions that haven't yet been answered.

  • Now we are in Week 4, what are your thoughts on the bullet points above? Where has your knowledge come from?

  • If only everyone took responsibility for their own actions @SadiaSheikh . How do you see these individual efforts in comparison to global corporations or governments? You'll find more discussion on this in 4.3/4.4.

  • Agreed @SadiaSheikh - do you have any thoughts about how this can start to become more equal? Have you seen any good examples of where this is happening already?

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts @SarahAustin , and I can totally identify with the conversation with your teen and the need for self-compassion. You've also described really well that difficult balance between encouragement, teaching and giving space when trying to engage with those who are currently not taking action.

  • Agreed, great starting points for conversations, and what an amazing opportunity to meet Arun Ghandi @NickToner .

  • Welcome (back) @BarbaraLister - it's good to have you here!

  • Really interesting discussion here @AlexC @BarbaraLister and @PaulKamill thank you for sharing your thoughts. I had a similar investigation into the Winter Olympics with my online class, looking at the choice of venues (often with no snow!) the use of snow machines and the impact on local communities.

  • Absolutely @ArchieMarshall - "critical (eco)literacy" is such an important skill. If pupils leave school with little factual knowledge but the ability to evaluate, question and have the confidence to speak up, then we have done our job.

  • So interesting to hear the comments above on Philosophy, I've incorporated some of these ideas into my teaching, I am lucky enough to teach Learning for Sustainability as a subject so I can weave these concepts into my lessons. I've found using Plato's Cave as a stimulus for discussion really useful in the context of sustainability and the truth of...

  • That's a really interesting point @NickToner - I've just done a quick search and have varying percentages quoted as "non-human", but even that as a discussion point could be a useful angle to take. Human beings as ecosystems....

  • It's so nice to find others on the same wavelength through this course - sometimes it feels like we are alone in our opinions and hopes.

  • I'm glad you mentioned mindfulness @SarahAustin , there is such a link in my opinion to this ethos and sustainability. I also love your honesty in your reasons for being here, I think we all face our fears every time we learn more about this topic. Thank you for sharing.

  • @RahinaKogi-Enweliku that's a really good point about COVID 19 and how it changed community interactions. Does anyone else have examples of how community has changed for them?

  • It would be really interesting to hear from you all about how you are managing to apply this model to your own situation - and for you to help each other with next steps?

  • @PaulKamill so using the model above, follow the causes as far as you can...why are they unfriendly? It may be that by tackling this issue or its root as a completely separate "project" that you can become more of a community that can work together?

  • A discussion in week 2 about community and if it has to be physically close got me thinking about this first question above:

    "What connections and relationships are valued by you, by your community, by the governance structure?"

    I think these could be three very different answers - what or who is important to you?

  • What I find interesting about this task is how different locations across the world offer vastly different opportunities for buying local. Or is it just that your breakfast is made from local produce and I should be adapting my preferences to those I can easily source within the UK?

  • Thanks for sharing those thoughts @LouiseMelville - totally agree that early education is key. I have found amazing examples of this embedded learning in individual schools but have also seen the stark difference in approach between schools, for instance in transition from Primary to Secondary. Have you had any experience of this?

  • I think they do @ArchieMarshall - I suppose the frustration from some people is about this personal impact being minimised by the greater evils of corporations or governments.