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English language learning aims for sustainability

Since 1970, Earth Day has been a worldwide event with the aim of educating and supporting initiatives that protect the environment. It’s always held on 22 April, but this year the official organisers are running a three-day live programme from 20-22 April. Visit earthday.org to take part.

English language teaching is joining the good works to create a sustainable future in a number of ways. ELTsustainable is an organisation committed to, as it says on its website, “help language teachers bring the International dialogue on overcoming the environmental crises we face into the language classroom in a way that motivates students and helps them achieve their language learning goals”.

ELT Footprint UK will be running two sessions at its online environment-centred English UK ELT Conference on the day and everyone is welcome to join in, via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Finally, Pearson, together with BBC Studios, is launching a new initiative on the 22nd called Speak Out for Sustainability, to support English language learners and teachers. Its aim is to provide tools and resources that will enable students to ‘speak out’ for a more sustainable world through online content on reducing our carbon footprint, water waste, deforestation and more.

“Pearson has a long history of making a positive social and environmental impact through the way we operate,” says Chuck Melley, Senior Vice-President of Sustainability for Pearsons. “We recently reaffirmed this through our Sustainable Business Plan 2030, which has as its pillars learning for everyone, learning for a better world and leading responsibly.”

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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