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Dear Richard, I have just launched the Concrete Jungle, here in the UK, a national campaign to create the countries biggest wildlife garden across 26,000 schools, we aim at 300,000 sq meters for wildlife and more. This online project can be found on www.coolitschools.com. Cool it Schools is a growing global community, it’s free to join and has creative projects for everyone.
The Concrete Jungle campaign is led by pupils from a very urban south London state school called The Charter. These young people are currently editing a special edition of the BBC World Service's One Planet programme, exploring ways to successfully bring nature right into their school grounds. They are also looking for ways of spreading the campaign to every school including, they told Mike Williams (One Planet), creating a children’s movement on a global scale.
The 800 children in The Charter School in London will soon know the difference between a honey bees and wild bees, filled their newly constructed ponds, watched life appear from nowhere, planted a new conservation bluebell wood and wild flower garden to attract bees, hide a grey metal fence with sweet almond, hawthorn and hazel, learning how to ‘lay a hedge’ in the process.
The Concrete Jungle will enable children to go out from their schools already connected to wildlife, it will become a part of their world, and you never know they may really long for a day in the countryside too.
I want to help them link up with like-minded networks worldwide, are there any more campaigns to get wildlife into schools out there? Particularly where the kids themselves are very proactive, we would love to meet you, team up and share stories.
Cool it Schools has a free showcase so if you are running a campaign at school please register and share your photos, movies and stories.
Very interesting comment from Mr. Cameron and your response was well said. When I saw the film "Avatar", I also felt that our kids today would not have a clue how to read the signs of nature and work with nature instead of separating themselves from it.
Wouldn't it be incredible if we could add a year to a child's education and in that year, they were completely immersed in the natural world for study, observation, understanding, seasonal appreciation, all with a focus on biology, ecology and diversity.