Written by Jackie Edwards. She and her husband are keen environmentalists and they work hard to involve children in wildlife and nature conservation activities:
Populations of vertebrate species in the wild have dropped by 52 percent over the last 40 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund.¹
Human activity is to blame, because its consequences directly lead to habitat destruction, climate change and wildlife trade. What then can we do to address our devastatingly destructive impact on the natural world?
Conservation is the answer. Conservation is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats.
It is absolutely essential for us to conserve wildlife in order to maintain a healthy, balanced natural world for future generations to enjoy. While professional conservationists work with species most at risk, each one of us can play a part in helping to boost species biodiversity in our own local environments. We can do this by installing nesting boxes for local birds or planting native wildflowers in our gardens, for example. What better way to ensure the continuity of conservation practices, than to share our wildlife experiences with our children? We can instill in them a love of nature and commitment to its preservation.
Read this guide to educating younger generations about wildlife conservation for advice and practical tips. This is a must-read if you’re a student of environmental sciences or a parent with a passion for nature.