Action For Conservation

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

I've made no secret of my adoration of The Lost Words (reviewed here) so it won't surprise you to learn that February's Charity is Action For Conservation, dedicated to inspiring young people to take action for the natural world and to the next generation of conservationists. 

Robert MacFarlane, author of The Lost Words, told The Daily Telegraph; “There is a huge inequality in the distribution of access to the natural world.  We need to find ways of addressing inner-city and otherwise socially excluded children. Ethnicity and class and postcode play huge roles. Initiatives such as Action for Conservation target children who wouldn’t otherwise get into nature.”

Action For Conservation hopes to build the next generation of nature conservationists and that's where you come in.  To be a 'conservationist' doesn't just mean following a career as a field biologist or a campaigner, a passion for conservation can flow through anyone's life, whatever their day-job and Action for Conservation inspire today's young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, which will shape their dreams and actions however their life turns out.

Action For Conservation run school workshops, helping students become more aware of and excited about the role they could play and to better understand what Conservation is, and why it's so important. 

Check out their great website - there is so much you can do to help. Why not set conservation as a class project for the term? Make it your charity for MUFTI day collection or write pieces and poems about the environment and what you would do to make the world a better place. Send them to me and I can send them on, or submit them directly to the charity.  I'm sure they'd love to hear from you. 

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