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Working with teachers, we bring the global dimension into the classroom developing active, global citizens. Key to this work is promoting creative and critical thinking about the world we share. We also support learning in university teacher training programmes. We run training events for teachers about the social, political and environmental forces that shape the lives of people around the world, and how to explore these in the classroom.

Our work with Schools

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Does your school wish to incorporate a 'global dimension' to learning?

Do you want your teachers and pupils to understand how social, political and environmental forces shape the lives of people all over the world?

Do you want to promote creativity and critical thinking?

Our schools programme covers all of these and more.

We provide:

  • Teacher training both locally and nationally
  • Support on bringing global citizenship into the curriculum
  • Access to our specialist teachers resource centre with a wealth of children's books, curriculum support packs and artefact collections
  • Subject-focused support networks for teachers
  • A termly e-newsletter

To find out more about joining BPEC either as a school, individual, or other orgainsation, please contact us by e mail.

What does it mean to have a global dimension to learning?

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The global dimension incorporates eight key concepts:

Global citizenship - gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts and institutions necessary to become informed and active, responsible citizens

Diversity - understanding and respecting differences and relating these to our common humanity

Human rights - knowing about human rights including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Interdependence - understanding how people, places, economies and environments are all inextricably interrelated, and that choices and events have repercussions on a global scale

Conflict resolution - understanding the nature of conflicts, their impact on development and why there is a need for resolution and the promotion of harmony

Social justice - understanding the importance of social justice as an element in both sustainable development and the improved welfare of all people

Values and perceptions - developing a critical evalution of representations of global issues and an appreciation of the effect these have on people's attitudes and values

Sustainable development - understanding the need to maintain and improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for future generations


(source: Developing the global dimension in the school curriculum, published by DFID, March 2005)

bpec logo narrowBrighton Peace & Environment Centre (BPEC) is an educational charity which inspires action through learning about the world.

We encourage people to explore the links between their own lives and with people, places and issues throughout the world. We host a teachers' resource centre and provide training and support for teachers to bring the world into the classroom through curriculum related subjects.

We provide the public with information about local and global concerns, supporting choices which prioritise peace, people and the planet, throughout daily life. 

Come and meet us! Drop in and find out more, or visit our library.

  • Be informed

  • Take action

  • Make change

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Working with teachers, we bring a global dimension into the classroom. The aim is to promote creative and critical thinking about the world we share. We also support learning in university teacher training programmes. We run training events for teachers about the social, political and environmental forces that shape the lives of people around the world, and how to explore these in the classroom.

 

 

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Building local connections between individuals and groups is an essential part of BPEC. To promote who we are and what we want to see in the world, we run courses and workshops about global issues: how to live a life that integrates our needs and those of future generations.

We also provide support and meeting space for other local community groups and campaigns.

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The Green Pages launched in 2004 and is currently available in a handy pocket size booklet from our office. We aim for you to have access everything you need to know about green living, eco-friendly lifestyles and lovely days out. For every area of life – house & home, money, health, leisure, food & drink - someone, somewhere in Sussex, is making a difference.

In our centre, and on our website, you can find top tips as well as more extensive information about D.I.Y., growing your own, green banking and much more.

 

Library

Where else can you go in the city for books, films and children's stories which give a world view and celebration of all that we share and know? We have books that cover a range of issues from nuclear power to human rights including autobiographies, poetry and recipes. We have children's books and resource boxes for classroom use covering art to science, conflict resolution to water. Come in and have a look!

Become a member and borrow books and films all year.

Workshops:

INDIAN MORNING 001 X w600Through our series of free workshops, Climate Connections reached out to community groups and individuals, creating a space where people could have their own say on climate change and find practical ways to take action.

Designed for everyone to get involved, swap information and build ideas, the workshops were an accessible way for people to understand how climate change impacts people in poverty and how individuals can make a difference.

These workshops allowed Climate Connections to listen to your story, support you in making informed decisions andactions, and help you connect with other people or organisations to achieve your goals.

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Exhibitions:

IMG 0266Our series of photo exhibitions told stories of people from Brighton and Hove and across the world whose lives had been affected by climate change and who were doing something about it.

Duncan Blinkhorn from Brighton, creating change on his doorstep by setting up community gardens, bike trains and environmental initiatives.

Leyla Kayere from Malawi, adapting to increasingly unpredictable rainfall on her farmland by setting up an irrigation scheme with her community.

Climate Connections was able to share these stories with thousands of people, by displaying a stunning photoexhibition in various places throughout the city of Brighton and Hove.

From the seafront to Jubilee Library, members of the public learned about inspirational individuals, our changing world and how they could play their part.

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People with their own stories were invited to share them in the ever-increasing online display of people taking action.

This created a whole host of inspiring and imaginative ways in which people could adapt their lives in response to the changing climate.

News stories and events surrounding climate change and the interconnectedness of our lives were shared and publicised through social media.

A forum where people could chat about their thoughts on climate change was set up, and interesting articles and learning resources were posted on to the site.

A community, both online and off, pushing for change and inspiring action through sharing experiences was begun.

Outcomes:

The project increased awareness and understanding of the fact that the world's climate is changing, that human activity is contributing to this, and that climate change aggravates global poverty.

It reminded and motivated participants to take actions to reduce their carbon emissions.

For example, as a result of participating in a workshop, people are recycling more, leaving electrical items on standby less, being more careful to conserve resources such as water, and using local resources such as farmers’ markets. They also learned about the causes of global poverty and were buying more Fair Trade goods as a result.

The big issue is climate change. A very real phenomenon, explained by a vast portfolio of studies and highlighted through our stories of a changing world.So here are the things we know

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The Earth's climate has always changed.

The planet has gone through a number of ice ages, and humans have flocked to and been driven from the UK as the climate has fluctuated.

The greenhouse effect, whereby the planet is warmed by the sun and atmospheric gases, has been known since 1824 and was reliably tested by scientists in 1858, showing the more greenhouse gases there are, the hotter the planet will be.

Carbon dioxide is the most abundant greenhouse gas.

In 1832, the Earth's atmosphere contained 284 parts per million of carbon dioxide, according to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre (data set found here).

In February 2010, the atmosphere contained 389.91 parts per million, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
These carbon emissions are accelerating at an unanticipated speed.

According to the Global Carbon Project, carbon emissions have grown four times faster since the year 2000.

Greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere in two main ways, through fossil fuels, such as oil, gas or coal, and deforestation. Fossil fuels and forests lock carbon underground or in tree roots and trunks. When we burn them or cut them down, we are releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and adding to the carbon cycle.

The most recent assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there is a 90% chance mankind is responsible for our changing climate.

This has been backed by scientists throughout the world. The National Wildlife Federation lists the huge number of international science academies that have confirmed their acceptance of manmade climate change.

Follow this link to watch this introductory video on the topic of climate change, provided for teachers but useful to us all!

So what's the big deal?

The more greenhouse gases warm the planet, the more problems they create.

As the Arctic and Antarctic melt, they lose their capacity to reflect heat away from the Earth, so instead the ground or sea absorbs the heat, speeding the melting ice and adding to the general warming trend. Ocean pic thumb medium205 135

This interesting article on ocean acidification explains how carbon dioxide that seeps into the oceans can also acidify the water, damaging organisms and life under the sea.

As the planet warms up and the global climate changes, we can expect more extreme and unusual weather events in localised areas. The tales of unexpected droughts and flooding in our stories is a key example of this.

Along with the immediate human cost of extreme weather, we begin to lose track of the natural cycles and patterns we rely on to plan and plant crops, feed cattle, collect water and grow food.

The UK Government has launched an interactive Google Earth map 'layer' showing what could happen to the world should average global temperatures rise by 4 degrees Celsius. The map allows users to interact with the science behind its development, and also includes short videos of scientists explaining their research.

What can we do about it?

All the information sources above agree that a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be beneficial to earth and all the people who live on it. There are a number of ways we can set about doing this, through reducing our car use, changing the way we eat or just being more thoughtful about the way we move through life.Wind turbine pic thumb medium170 170

Scientists, politicians, environmentalists, me and you - we are all entitled to ask questions, learn more and take action. We don't have to wait for the world's governments to tackle the problem.

As individuals we can decide for ourselves what role to play. We can all take action and start reducing our carbon dioxide emissions today. Want to know what you can do? Start here.

There are many ways that you can help us with our work, look below to find about just a few.


WORKSHOPS

Join a conversation with BPEC:

One of the easiest ways to help us with our work is to spread the word online.

Make a donation:

Why do we need your financial support? Well, we rely on the goodwill and generosity of people like you to continue our work. This ensures that we remain independent and stay true to our aims and collective vision. With your support, we will continue to work locally to educate people on issues of peace and sustainability, helping to prevent catastrophic climate change and create a more peaceful future.

Donate today via paypal!

Volunteer:

Our volunteers are key to our organisation and they help us do everything from organising events and marches to filing our paperwork.

To find out more, visit our volunteer page

people powerBecome a trustee

Do you have a passion for peace, education or the environment? Experience in ICT, HR or Finance? The Brighton Peace and Environment Centre is recruiting dynamic individuals to join its Board of Trustees. Prior trusteeship is not necessary, only a keen interest in contributing to the charity’s work. click here for info

Become a Member

By becoming a member you will be joining a community of likemeinded people working towards positive change in Brighton and Hove. We have three levels of annual membership: Individual, Organisational and Educational and they help to provide us with the regular source of income that is so key to keeping our resources up to date and available to our community. 

For more information visit our memberships page

Run your own campaign:

Got a local issue that needs attention? Get in touch with

us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can help you to create change and raise awareness in your community.

Help recruit:

You can help us grow our network of people willing to take action for the environment. Tweet, blog, and feature our content on Facebook

warm homes1We are pleased to announce our involvement with the Warm Homes Healthy People initiative in partnership with Brighton and Hove city council, the NHS, British Red Cross and other charitable organisations.

The effects of cold weather and poorly insulated housing on the most vulnerable members of our community is not to be underestimated. Every winter, approximately 1,500 more people die in the UK as compared with the rest of the year, many of these deaths could have been prevented by vigilant neighbours and friends, or with access to the right tools and services. Children, older people and those with longer-term medical conditions are particularly at risk but this initiative aims to reduce the impact of the colder months.

Liz Wakefield, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “We know that a growing number of vulnerable people are struggling to keep warm and healthy during winter; unfortunately it is also true that benefits and support go unclaimed because people don’t realise what is available to them. The Warm Homes Healthy People Programme will provide a range of support to residents, including information on finding help with energy bills and grants for home insulation, practical help to keep homes warm and safe and financial inclusion checks to ensure vulnerable residents are receiving all the financial support they are entitled to.”

Brighton Peace and environment centre will be holding various public events to raise community awareness and give advice on what you can do to help. Providing a point of contact for those concerned about the winter cold, we can let you know where to go to access government and charitable services helping to keep our community warm this winter.

Warm Homes Healthy People services will be available until March 2013. The support available includes:

  • home visits giving energy and money advice.
  • winter warmth grants to help people keep warm and well in their homes.
  • practical help to make homes safer and warmer.
  • help and advice on benefits, energy tariffs and heating and insulation grants and discounts.
  • fuel poverty awareness training for front line workers across the city. For further details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The office is normally open to the public at the following times:

Tues 12:30 - 3:30

Wed 12:30 - 5:30

Outside of these hours please leave a message on 01273-766610 or email info@bpec.org and we will contact you as soon as possible. 

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