Food is a huge part of our everyday lives and yet many of us have never been more disconnected from the growing and the cooking of it. As head of schools and youth at WWF, I’m sharing my Plant2Plate journey and some inspiration and ideas for teachers and parents to get growing and cooking their […]Read more
Cherry Duggan – schools and youth team:
I love green. When I was a child, I spent hours – literally – in a big tree in my parents’ garden. I’m rubbish at climbing them now(!), but I still gravitate towards them so I can stare up through the leaves. And in the spring, woodlands are places of miracles – wood anemones with faces searching for the sun, bluebells misting the ground, Solomon’s seal defying gravity with their long arching stems. Every season has its moment…
I feel passionately that the opportunity of ‘just being’ outside in nature, of connecting with this ‘thing’ we call the environment, is the right of every child. And I believe that us grown-ups have a responsibility to help children explore the nature around them, to find out about environments far away, to understand and embrace the need to care about and for it all.
That’s why heading up the Schools & Youth team at WWF-UK feels so important and such a privilege. Talking to children taking part in our Green Ambassador scheme by leading sustainability action in their schools, seeing the nature-inspired creations of youngsters who have participated in of our art projects, reading the messages of school children taking on the Prime Minister on climate change – these are all humbling and inspiring experiences, and part of what’s kept me here at WWF for most of my working life.
One 13 year old participant in a WWF photography competition said that “every single thing [in nature] can be beautiful…you just need to look at it with the right eyes.” I’d add that you also need to look after it – and both these things are exactly what our work with children is all about.
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Hands up anyone who has emailed their MP about the proposed new National Curriculum and got a reply saying something crushingly similar to the following: The new draft national curriculum will in fact give pupils a deeper understanding of all climate issues. Climate change is specifically mentioned in the science curriculum, and both climate and […]Read more
I love this quote – “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” (Eric Hoffer, in case you’re interested.) Well, it’s a really fast-paced world out there and the pace of change is equally breath-taking. And what’s one of […]Read more