International Day for Biological Diversity

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‘The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 is:

“Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”

The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Read more
We invite you to share your plans for activities to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity by registering your activities here so that they are included in the IDB2019 celebrations page.

About

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This is part of the UN Decade of Biodiversity – from 2011-2020, with the target “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”

European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public. Well it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

The Climate is changing, bringing changes that affect the life of every being on earth. Nature was never so threatened – nor so needed – as before.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop, they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, N2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and are authentic hubs of biodiversity. They are our life support system.

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks

2019 theme: Our Natural Treasures

Our Protected Areas are made of amazing landscapes, incredible species and unique habitats. What are the Natural Treasures your park is protecting? What is the story of that endangered species that live in your Park?

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About the European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision-makers and the wider public. Well, it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

Creating Young Leaders in Sustainable Development conference

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This fantastic conference will enable practitioners to support learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development (Global Goal 4.7). The conference will be a combination of workshops and activities to inspire and engage. There will be many opportunities to network, link research to practice and share your own knowledge and expertise.

Who would benefit from this conference: EYFS practitioners, primary school practitioners secondary school practitioners and post 16 practitioners in higher education and university who have an interest in environmental education or sustainable development.

– Collaborate with colleagues across and within educational settings
– Address the role of research and development in education
– Contribute to transformative education to support ambitions regarding sustainable living and livelihood
– Understand the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in more detail
– Network with colleagues, receive resources and freebies
– Hear from regional and national partners including Eco-Schools, Practical Action, Earthwatch, Buglife and Sustrans

This event is £25 for practitioners & professionals and a reduced rate of £10 for university students.

Wilderness and Adventure in the Early Years

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This course will introduce you to the idea of how we can ignite children’s natural desire to become explorers, adventurers and inventors. We want them to see and experience the world through every sense.

  • Consider in more depth (drawing on research) why we need to re-focus on nature.
  • We will look into how we can live more in the moment.
  • Develop collections of fascinations.
  • Cherish the questions the children ask and use these as a starting point.
  • Find out about settings that already take this approach to learning.
  • Understand what high quality provision looks like for understanding the world and look into resourcing and books.
  • Explore how young children have a role to play in sustainable development.
  • Practical ideas to implement into your practice.

9-9:30- An introduction to Wilderness and Adventure
9:30- Embracing the elements of the seasons
10:30- Break
10.45-12:00- Using the outdoors to promote a love for Literacy
1:00- Mystical Maths Outdoors
2:00- 3:00- Deepening the love for adventure and exploring through Bushcaft

This course is perfect for those wanting to implement more nature based learning in their setting.

Time will be spent working outdoors throughout the day.

World Fair Trade Day

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World Fair Trade Day is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in workplaces and responsible production practices.

World Fair Trade Day falls every second Saturday in May.

2019: #FairTradeInnovates – this Fair Trade Day, we celebrate solutions for people and planet!