Saturday, 24 November 2012
Yesterday I posted a guest blog for Mark Avery, ex conservation director of the RSPB, now champion of the wild. It was read over 1000 times and got some very interesting comments, so thanks to Mark for inviting me. It was promoting the introduction of a GCSE/O Level (or whatever the format) in natural history. We have to find more ways of engaging young people in the state of the natural world. There is so much concern about this - to me it is the number 1 priority. George Monbiot wrote about it in The Guardian last week too. This is far too important to leave to a nature table in primary school.
After 2 days at the Scottish Natural Heritage conference in Edinburgh, I was more convinced than ever. The plans that are being put in place for the future of the natural world need people to carry then through well into this century - are there enough dedicated environmentalists/naturalists coming though? And even if it isn't a job, protecting and caring for nature will be made much easier if society buys into the idea because they care about it.
In case you missed it the first time round - here is the flyer I wrote promoting the idea. Do let me know if you can think of a way to get this moved forward - if you agree of course.
GCSE in NH