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Discussion in 'Teaching & Learning' started by TMLeader, Oct 12, 2020.
How best can teachers in early learning help kids understand wildlife protection?
There's multiple approaches. You will need a lot of visuals and good story-telling ability for younger learners.
Perhaps the best approach given young people have a "natural affinity" to life and nature an intuition that society FAILS AT IT'S OWN PERIL to develop and guide, as such to have some examples of living creatures for the children to be exposed to eg frogs, spiders, rats, birds etc... Just the sheer marvel of these living things.
From that, examples of lost animals such as Dodos and Passenger Pigeons.
Dodos were famous as the 1st time people started to fully appreciate that god did not just dump creatures on earth but that species could actually be lost as well as possibly created...
Passenger Pigeons used to eat vast amounts of seed but when wiped out the mouse populations took over and increased thus increasing the carrying of various diseases as a totally unpredictable outcome of loss of species.
Look into the loss of Sweet Chestnuts in North America... due to fungus and how valuable such a tree is.
For Wildlife, they are charismatic symbols of healthy Ecossytems, the best case is the Reintroduction of Wolves into YellowStone which increased Willows and such trees growing by rivers which increased Beaver lumber which increased cascade of other species due to wetland ecosystems popping up too and likewise controlling Coyote numbers.... So the ripple cascade, chain-reaction of ecosystems via some members.
Finally ecostystems all ADD UP to create the entire BIOSPHERE which is what humans live in and there will be the loss of hundreds of millions of human lives should the biosphere further degrade...
In essence, looking after and extending our concepts of our selves to include wildlife is realistically protecting ourselves and our children's futures too...
Look into how Aboriginales had totem species and thus avoided overhunting via this clever system each type as a particular species was "blood-kin" and forbidden by that tribe to hunt.
This principle is something global humans need to adopt in a more elaborate system for example.
Thank you @ParakeetGreen for your meaningful and elaborate contribution. There are numerous books with great illustrations and impeccable writing which advocate for wildlife protection.
For examples in the UK, look at spread of diseases and pests in Trees (Oak, Ash, Elm etc). Also invasive species such as Rhododendrons: In both cases you lose large communities of species as well as reduce Ecosystem services and robustness. Another good example is the Scottish Wildcat. It's for the UK a unique animal, an apex predator of the Highlands but under threat from domestic cats due to hybridization. Also to revert from negatives look at Rewilding in particular the studies at Knapp have excellent "data" on increasing the diversity of species and building healthier soils, waterways and so on such as Purple Emperor butterflies.
So these are very very real problems and solutions for Wildlife in the UK and covers a variety of related topics. A very good idea if it ever comes about would be to create a Safari Park of huge scale in the Scottish Highlands for megafauna such as a pack of wolves. You could light their imagination with that suggestion irrespective of the political and practical problems involved. It's as relevant in the UK as any other place on Earth.