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I work on WWF’s Earth Book and it’s a privilege.

Every day since our launch in May people from all over the world have shared why nature matters to them on Earthbook2012.org and I’ve been lucky enough to have a bird’s eye view.

We created Earth Book because we knew people connect with nature in all sorts of ways and we wanted to provide a place for them to share their stories.

Not just our love for the amazing animals we’ve all marvelled at on Planet Earth but the nature of our experiences too. For many of us, myself very much included, our experiences are the reason we care so much about nature and animals.

Whether it’s experiencing the awe of a wild storm, the freedom of jumping into a crystal clear lake or just walking through your local park on a Sunday morning. These moments play a big part in why we care about the natural world.

In the week of Rio+20 this connection and why it matters to us is something we all need to remember.

It’s impossible to pick favourites from Earth Book but here are three that have struck a chord with me. (To get the best feel of Earth Book my advice is to go explore Earth Book for yourself. You won’t regret it.)

‘Kingdom of fun’ by Kate L

To a lot us our best memories from childhood are the magical moments created when our imaginations met nature. Kate’s story full of ‘battling imaginary foe, making dens and riding dragons’ helps bring this special time back to life.

Earthbook - Kingdom of fun by Kate L

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Shrinking Glacier’ by Jenna

We all know that how we live is changing the planet. We see it in different ways. Jenna’s story about the shrinking glacier brings home the reality of how through climate change we’re affecting the ‘unique balance of the earth’.

Earthbook - 'Shrinking glacier' by Jenna

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‘Just outside my door’ by Sylvia Stanton

A beautifully simple story by 86-year old Sylvia about how she observes the different dances of life in her UK garden. Wonderfully describing the ‘little dramas’ she watches as her personal ‘Serengeti’.

You can explore Earth Book and add your own story at Earthbook2012.org

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