By Elen Evans

STEM Ginger Education

Nature-based projects through English

Constructive Visions

STEM Ginger Education is partnering with Constructive Visions – an amazing, creative and thought-provoking initiative that uses the power of storytelling to help us envisage a bright and positive ‘post-pandemic’ world.

Find out more and get involved in the fantastic  free activities and resources here

 

 

Environmentally aware teenagers from Catalunya, Wales and the USA, are working together, exploring Constructive Visions stories and resources, and brainstorming ways we can realistically make changes to our world that are environmentally friendly and therefore sustainable.

Dear animals,

I am disgusted and appalled to learn the pain and suffering that humanity has imposed on you during centuries and even more outraged at the fact that some have used global misery to torment you further.

When I was reading your heartfelt letters I caught myself on various occasions looking at the words in awe. In awe because of how naive I feel of not learning about this sooner. In awe because of how the media bends stories just for viewer satisfaction and the amount of fake news that creeps the web. But mostly in awe of the agony your species have had to endure at the hands of us. The place I call home isn’t a savanna, the vastness of the earth’s waters nor a cozy cave in the himalayas, it is the city of Barcelona. Because of the society I co-live with when the virus first appeared the problems my community faced weren’t extreme hunger and thirst. I have not been exposed to problems  poorer areas faced and how many turned to poaching for survival and I apologize for that. I fell like i have been shielded from your misery and your agony has been disguised by cute pictures of your offspring flooding social media, and that must stop. The problems you have faced for decades must be confronted and a solution must be devised by humans.

To make societies change they must first understand the situation your species are in and the severity of it. The best way to reach the younger audiences is via social platforms so organizations such as the WAP, the WWF and the WCS should invest in a media team to run accounts on Tiktok, Instagram and Youtube. Furthermore this issue should be treated equally to human help organizations by schools and institutes, they should promote them, organize fundraisers and educate their students on the issues. Lastly governments should draft foreign policies to protect you, but policies that are achievable and aren’t left in the sidelines.

Our sincere apologies,

Humans

Dearest animals,

As a human I am embarrassed and feel guilty for what you have been through. While it is true that some of us care for you, as a species we haven’t shown it.

During lockdown, we only thought that you, animals, were experiencing a great time, living freely without our interactions. We took so much pride on seeing positive advances on our relationship with you (which we shouldn’t have as the only thing we did was get out of the way), that we ignored all the negative parts (such as the killing of bats etc.). 

We have to look for sustainable ways to fund protection for wildlife. It may be, as you have mentioned, with local small businesses or even big profit-earning organizations that intend their benefit to protect you. These organizations already exist, but the aim is to shine the light on them and make them gain more market power. To do this, the help of governments is fundamental and social media is also a great platform.

I believe that the new generations will make the real change, so therefore, teaching the little ones all about the issues and problems that previous generations have created, and proposing possible solutions, can inspire them to find new solutions and overall make them conscious of the issues from an early age (so they have this present as they grow up, and make a sustainable impact on the world). This, though, is directed to the future, and will not give immediate results.

More education about the subject will enforce and give the visibility we need. As governments hold so much power, it should be them that share programmes about this, implement a mandatory subject in schools or even implement laws that force the citizens to obey and follow certain rules (limiting their footprint or enhancing sustainability) if they don’t want to encounter legal problems.

Overall, we have to spread more knowledge but concentrate more on the solutions that can be taken rather than uniquely the issues that have been built up with the years (as it is already done and we can reverse it). 

We are very sorry for everything you have been put through, but the best way to apologize is to make a change, and that is our objective.

Humans

 

Reflecting on how New York City was able to reduce choking amounts of smog and pollution back in the 1960s, Carlota investigated the NYC High Line. She teaches us all about how quickly nature can step back in and reclaim damaged land, making once quite horrible, dirty places, beautiful again.

When nature is given space to thrive, even a city centre can become a super nice, relaxing place to be.

 

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