Our work Education We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children - Chief Seattle Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea levels. The rise in temperature will diminish fresh water supplies, reduce food production and as areas of the planet become uninhabitable, mass migration is likely to occur. Earths’ natural products and processes that support life are degenerating or being used unsustainably. The way humanity currently lives and the steep population growth, are over-taxing the Earth’s ability to support our need for fresh water, clean air, mineral resources and food resources. The inequalities in quality of life between people across the globe are a social justice issue and yet are closely intertwined with the environment. The existing developed world’s enormous effect on the environment resulting in global warming, not only affects crops and livestock but biodiversity (the variety of plants, animals, and other living things). If biodiversity is not preserved at natural levels, it affects ecosystems services: purification of air and water, decomposition and detoxification of our wastes, severe weather impact reduction. These and many more ecosystem services are crucial to sustain human life on earth. The World Commission on Environment and Development calls for a change in human attitude that will depend on a vast campaign of education, and that is where we want to help. The Environment Trust aim to educate and empower people to care about their local environment so that they improve, preserve and protect their neighbourhood for today and future generations. Environmental actions locally have a wide spread affect that benefits both nature and people everywhere. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has - Margaret Mead What we do .... Duke of Edinburgh Awards - we run monthly sessions for Duke of Edinburgh students who volunteer with us to get their award. We now have a wait-list to join our programme with many of the students returning to do their silver or gold award, and many continuing to volunteer with us beyond their award sessions. We teach them nature conservation skills but more importantly we teach them why their work is so important. For full details see our Duke of Edinburgh award page. Work with schools - schools visit green spaces where we work together to improve and conserve the natural environment. Our conservation staff also visit schools to talk at assemblies or lead on practical work in school grounds. Work with young people - we work with Challenge students, Forrest Schools, Scout groups, colleges and universities to engage young people in conservation. Talks and walks - education is not just for the young. We run talks and walks with nature and heritage experts from a variety of disciplines and interests for adults with learning difficulties, groups with English as a their second language and the public at large Please contact [email protected] for further information or enquiries.