Friday, June 2, 2017 Teaching #withnature: a special lesson for World Environment Day

Custom lesson plan to help teachers, youth leaders and elders illuminate the myriad ways in which nature nurtures life on Earth

Connect with nature

On 5 June we're asking people all over the world to spend a wonderful day connecting with nature. With luck, we will help build relationships with nature that last a lifetime. And our best chance of that is to start as early as possible.

To have a sustainable future, the next generation needs to understand their connection with the natural world and act to protect it. So, on World Environment Day, we’re not just asking you to experience nature – we’re asking you to teach it.

The World Environment Day Lesson Plan provides two step-by-step guides that will help you guide young people through the process of discovering their connection with nature. From the perspective of a picnic without water and consideration of how gender impacts our relationship with nature, we invite you to help the students in your community form their own lasting connection.

The Lesson Plan can be used by teachers, community elders, or youth groups to help children understand why nature is important to their lives. Through fun group activities, students have a chance to work with their friends and family to learn more about how much water is needed to grow an apple (70 litres), make a t-shirt (2,000 litres) or produce a kilogram of beef (16,000 litres). Learners will consider how different cultures around the world connect to nature on a daily basis and how this connection may be different for boys and girls, women and men.

By the end of the day we hope that students and teachers who work through the Lesson Plan will have connected with nature in a way that educates and empowers them to be future champions for our Earth.

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