Feature Article: Educating the Young on Wildlife Crisis

by | Oct 28, 2021 | Featured Article | 0 comments

There is a great need for kids to learn at an early age the problems we are facing regarding wildlife and nature.

Our planet is fast-changing. Modern advancements, climate change, and other human activities contribute to the rapid decline of our Earth’s resources and the destruction of natural habitats. In many parts of the globe, animals are getting extinct, mountains and rivers are being exploited, and natural landscapes are converted into buildings and other commercial establishments. Wildlife and nature are suffering and at risk as we speak. We, as inhabitants of this planet, must take action to save it for future generations.

Education plays a vital role in our fight against those who allow the destruction of this planet. Climate change, massive wildfires, erratic weather patterns, and tropical storms may be natural phenomena, but human activities also contribute to the destructive behavior of Mother Nature. Mining, Illegal logging, oil drilling, air pollution, etc., are all connected. We must educate each and everyone about the consequences of these actions. And if we ever hope to win against our race with time, we must start our education to save the planet with the children.

Children’s books play a vital role in educating kids about the importance of preserving natural habitats and endangered species. 

The fight to save the planet from destruction starts with raising awareness. There are many ways to raise awareness of our planet’s current situation. One, it can begin by promoting appreciation of the Earth’s rich and natural beauty. By showing kids the bounty of nature, its majestic sceneries, and the fantastic living creatures that inhabit them, we can subtly show them what is at stake in our fights against climate change and other forces that are destroying the planet.

Children’s illustrated books displaying the beauty and wonder of our planet certainly help awareness among children. By showing them animals, fishes, birds, insects, and even those already extinct, they will realize that we share this home with unique and exciting creatures, each with a part in maintaining the harmony and balance of the planet. By showing them fantastic landscapes, beautiful mountains, different kinds of trees, and plants that play an essential role in our survival, children will learn to embrace Earth as a valuable shelter that needs to be protected at all times.

Nicki Geigert’s book on rare and endangered species entitled “Who’s Yawning Now?” is one of the many children’s books that help educate and raise awareness in children about the importance of wildlife. The book features photos of cute but endangered animals yawning (tiger, koala, sealion, etc.). Each page contains a photo of the animal, and the opposite page contains trivia and information about the said animal- where they live, what they eat, etc. What makes Nicki Geigert’s book educational is that each animal feature has an IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tag. It tells how endangered an animal is based on the best-known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system.

Aside from children’s books, field trips, museum visits, and mini-documentaries also play important roles in instilling these young minds’ proper values, outlook, and perspective. Classroom discussions and symposiums on wildlife preservation and other global issues also help spread knowledge and awareness. Once they absorb the fundamental principle that wildlife and nature need to be preserved for future generations, children will be interested in other issues that concern the planet’s sustainability and survival of its species. Education starts with awareness, and it should start at a young age.

You can purchase Nicki Geigert’s Who’s Yawning Now? Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle edition. Kindly visit her website for more details and information. 

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