Canary Wharf Group Wildlife Photography Competition Finalist - Emerging by Victoria Jones
Calling the next generation! We need your help to protect bugs, elephants, flowers, fish, the rain forests, hedgehogs, garden birds, bees and more. Basically everything that grows and lives around the world - they're all really important!
You - yes, YOU - can play a part in helping to protect and provide homes for the plants and animals that we all live alongside and depend upon. We're here to show you how!
In 2020, we're shining a spotlight on biodiversity. It's time to make a difference - it's...
- Time For Nature -
But, What is Biodiversity?
The variety of life on earth - from howler monkeys to sparrows, fruit bats to rain forest trees, bees to fungi, and so much more.
#30DaysWild and #ForNature
We want you to help the many plants and animals all around us, then shout about it! You could create a miniature nature reserve, pot a bee friendly plant, explore the ocean online or have a listen to some animal experts on YouTube - it's up to you!
The challenge to the parents and guardians out there - to get the kids involved and share what they've been up to with your friends and family, as well as the social media world using #ForNature and #30DaysWild. Here are the key steps:
1. Explore the toolkits, videos and activities available below
2. Find something you want to do
3. Make it happen and take a snazzy picture
4. Post that picture on Twitter, Instagram and more using #30DaysWild and #ForNature
5. Download the free 30 Days Wild pack from the Wildlife Trusts, here »
Why is Biodiversity Important?
The first thing we wanted to do it to explain why all the different ecosystems, plants and animals around the world are so important. That's right - all of them!
It Isn't All Rocket Science
If you aren't sure that you can make a difference without being a world leading scientist, here's Greta Thunberg to let you know that you absolutely can!
Everyone can make a difference!
Activities - Get Your Hands Dirty!
You don't need to jump on a plane to South America to save the rain forest to help protect biodiversity - it's also on your doorstep! You don't even need a garden or a park! So, here's some amazing activities from The Wildlife Trusts to inspire the next generation and to keep them entertained - with a sprinkle of education:
It isn't easy to get out to the local nature reserve at this challenging time, but the power of technology allows us to learn about the great outdoors - and biodiversity - from the comfort of our own homes. Below are some great internet based resources
for your kids to learn from and explore.
With universities closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, now is a great time to improve your wildlife identification skills. CIEEM has pulled together some of the many online ID resources and apps for you to develop your skills from the comfort of your own bed or garden. Check it out today »