Wildlife & Biodiversity
Protecting the natural world and endangered species goes hand-in-hand. Forests prevent soil erosion, sequester carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and soak up pollutants. Their destruction is also the leading cause of biodiversity loss around the globe.
Most people aren't aware how severely UK wildlife is suffering. More than 40% of species have declined since 1970, and every day more than 50 urban trees disappear.
To raise awareness about threats to biodiversity, and develop solutions to protect the natural world, comprehensive environmental education will be essential. Worryingly, the RSPB believes that only 1 in 5 children in the UK have an adequate level of connection to nature, and three quarters of surveyed teachers feel they have not received adequate training to educate students on climate change. Further analysis of access to green space mapped onto demographic data paints a worrying portrait about postcode and racial inequities.
Tythe supports these wildlife & biodiversity charities, selected by experts because of their high impact.
World Land Trust (WLT) preserves areas of the environment by purchasing land where endangered species are threatened, all around the world but particularly in Central & South America.
Rather than trying to manage projects from the UK, WLT funds local organisations who use their expertise and knowledge to protect the purchased land from illegal hunting and deforestation.
Areas of Intervention
- Land Purchase
- Reserve Management
- 4,000,000 acres of land being managed under active protection by locally employed rangers.
- 2,000,000 acres of threatened habitat purchased across 20 countries.
- 2,000,000 trees planted.
Action for Conservation (AFC) started as a group of conservationists who felt the sector was stale and lacking diversity. Their solution: visit secondary schools, talk with students about what they do and encourage involvement in local groups. AFC is building the next generation of nature conservationists by inspiring and empowering every young person to protect the natural world.
Areas of Intervention
- School Workshops. AFC trains conservation professionals to lead participatory workshops in schools around the UK. 50% of students on their WildED programme are in receipt of pupil premium.
- Residential Camps. AFC runs free conservation camps for young people to connect with nature and learn how to protect it. This includes the pioneering Penpont Project in the Brecon Beacons where young people work in partnership with farmers, landowners and conservationists to restore ecosystems and explore innovative approaches to farming and forestry.
- Online Workshops. WildWEB is a new digital programme to support young people to take action for the environment whilst in-person workshops are not possible.
Trees for Cities works with local communities to tackle global warming, create social cohesion and beautify cities through tree planting, community, education and training initiatives in urban areas of greatest need. Trees for Cities work both in the UK and Internationally and their projects include Urban Trees and Edible Playgrounds.
- 1 million trees planted.
- 16,400 school children attending educational programmes.
- 6,400 volunteers engaged.
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