At Worldwatch Institute Europe, we have received a grant from the Danish EPA, to support the URBIA (URban Biodiversity in Action) Kids project. With this grant we are aiming to increase awareness on the importance of the urban nature surrounding Danish primary school children, aged 7 to 12 years old. To make this project a success we are planning to work side by side with primary school children, their parents as well as teachers in order to take stock of children’s current knowledge of urban nature and use this information to create learning materials to help fill in any knowledge gaps and further enhance existing urban nature education programs.
Educating children about urban nature has proven to be key in reversing trends of decreasing green space and biodiversity loss in the urban environment. Changing children´s perception about nature conservation at an early age, and helping foster stronger bonds with nature is a long-term and effective way for changing attitudes toward nature and also has the effect of helping create future stewards of our urban environments. Since 50% of the global population lives in cities, children living in cities may have very limited access to “wild” nature. Therefore, urban nature plays a fundamental role in giving children access to and knowledge on the importance of caring for the environment, and preserving biodiversity, as well as offering a place for children to play, learn and explore.
The first deliverable of our project is the organization of a Kids and Urban Nature workshop on March 10th in the Vestebro neighborhood in Copenhagen. The aim of this workshop is to discuss and develop best practices for promoting, learning about and teaching of urban nature in Denmark.
If you would like to attend the workshop or would like more information on our URBIA Kids project, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call us at +45 36957920
We are also looking for schools to participate in our project, so if you are a teacher or a school please do write or call us!