Get Attenborough show in schools so kids understand mankind's impact on the environment.

Get Attenborough show in schools so kids understand mankind's impact on the environment.

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Samantha Wilson started this petition to The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Watching David Attenborough's 'Seven Worlds One Planet' was a significant moment for me, because unlike the wildlife shows of the past, this one included detailed segments on the impact of mankind's actions on the beautiful places visited by the show. I remember thinking 'all children should get the opportunity to see this' as I watched. Finally, clear discussion of issues such as land use for palm oil was taking place in the mainstream media.

Many kids will have already seen the show because their families will be interested in the environment, but I think its crucial that absolutely every young person gets the opportunity to see the impacts of human actions on the environment, and has the chance to discuss the issues involved with their teachers and classmates, even if these issues are not typically discussed at home.

Attenborough's documentary series is particularly powerful because it allows viewers to meet the incredible wildlife on each continent, before then explaining how we are directly harming them by our actions. This doesn't feel dry and hypothetical like some lessons might, it is urgent and real and we (humans) are confronted by the victims of our actions in each episode.

I can't imagine a more engaging, heartfelt or factually accurate summary of these issues exists than that given by this high quality series, and that's why I think every child in the UK should be seeing it in school, as part of their education.

Join me in asking that every child gets the chance to learn about these issues by seeing the programme as part of the National Curriculum.

(Beautiful orangutan image borrowed from BBC2 website).

 

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