How often do you celebrate the natural world? The air, the seas, the wildlife, the forests, the fields and the cities – that, together, form the environment we are lucky enough to share with every other living thing on Earth.
It is something well worth admiring. As British naturalist David Attenborough says: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.”
But it is also under threat. Global warming is melting ice caps and destroying habitats. Rising sea levels threaten whole cities. Species are disappearing at more than 100 times the natural rate.
A 2020 study found that over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians were on the point of dying out completely. This is largely due to habitat destruction and poaching by humans. In 2019, deforestation in the Amazon reached its highest rate in a decade, threatening millions of creatures and plants. Our briefing on extinction details some of the species under threat.
Fortunately, we can all play a part in helping to protect the environment – for instance, reducing plastic use and saving electricity. Read about more ways to save the planet here.
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This week’s tailor-made assembly slides explore the environment by looking at the beauty of the natural world and the challenges we face in preserving it. Videos, discussion points, facts and figures explore the topics of climate change and conservation. The ready-to-use presentation is easy to share on screens to support online learning.
- Use this calculator to discover your environmental footprint. How could you improve your habits?
- Make a poster to raise awareness about extinction, and how it affects the environment. Research some useful facts and figures.