Jackie Edwards works as an editor, researcher and writer. Both her and her husband are keen environmentalists and through their spare-time activities, their two young daughters are becoming equally interested in wildlife conservation. Jackie writes:
According to the World Wildlife Fund, wildlife populations of vertebrate species have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. ¹
Habitat destruction, climate change and wildlife trade are to blame, as all of these are direct consequences of human activity. This begs the question, what can we do to address our devastatingly destructive impact on the natural world? A solution lies with conservation: the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats.
Wildlife conservation is absolutely essential for maintaining 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. If you’re a student of environmental sciences or a parent with a passion for nature, this article is a must-read!
Edward O Wilson, thought to be the father of biodiversity, once put forward the theory that people are instinctively drawn to natural surroundings. Studies suggest that children are happier when exposed to nature and that academic performance increases through experiencing wildlife and the outdoors. For adults, meanwhile, working in the area of environmental science and wildlife can be a rewarding career.
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