Young ECO Leaders
EMPOWERING AND INSPIRING
advocates for sustainability and biodiversity
At Early Action we believe that saving forests and changing lives starts with opening minds. Everything that we do relates to education, from informal discussions with international volunteers and students, to conversations with farm families who participate in our project to the discoveries made by our Young Eco Leaders.
YOUNG ECO LEADERS
We work with students from the local schools, bringing them into the heart of the forest for a life-changing experience. Children in our remote rural area live in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, yet their level of understanding and appreciation of the forests is very low. Traditionally, forests are considered barriers to progress, trees are cut down and animals are eaten or simply killed because they are “dangerous”.
This lack of knowledge is one of the principal drivers of ecosystem destruction. Healthy forests benefit everyone, giving us fresh air, clean water and incomparable opportunities for leisure. To save the last great forests, we must focus on the younger generation, help them to understand their place in the web of life and learn to love and value the forest ecosystem.
How do students learn about the forest?
We believe that learning happens when students develop an emotional connection with the environment in which they live. As they come to understand how climate change impacts their environment, we encourage them to discover their relationship with nature and develop their leadership qualities. At the same time we support them as they become change-makers in their communities.
Activities take place throughout the school year. The forest provides a natural laboratory where the children can leave the built environment of the city and discover for themselves the natural environment around them.
We encourage the children to use their senses to experience nature in all its exuberance. From looking closely at leaves and flowers, to smelling freshly watered earth, tasting sweet forest fruits and listening to the different birdsongs of the forest, we help them discover their inner scientist, encouraging them to observe, experiment and make deductions.
Most importantly, we help the children express what they have learned, through drawings, interviews and writing. We encourage them to share the amazing things that they have discovered with their friends, families and neighbors so that when they grow up, they will have a deeper appreciation for their natural environment and will fight to protect it.
Support Our Young Eco-Leaders
Help fund the next generation of change makers by donating to our Young Eco Leaders program today!