Which is the way to reengage people with the nature? The Natural History Museum of London replies with the Urban Nature Project

When education means experience nature: an urban project to reconnect the new generations with the wildlife

by Catia Baldassarri

November 4, 2020

In 2023 doors will be opened to the new urban space of the Natural History Museum: the two-hectares garden will be transformed into an urban wildlife hub. Once completed, the visitors will be able to explore woodland, grassland and all sorts of UK habitat. There will be a dedicated wildlife garden for native plant, bird, insect and animal species. It will be especially dedicated to children who might not have seen species that were a common sight in gardens across the country until 50 years ago.

Enlightening are the words of Sir David Attenborough, the most authoritative and influential English natural historian, about the deepest value of this new project: «Unless children have access to nature and experience, understand and nurture wildlife, we know they might never feel connected to nature and could grow up with no interest in protecting the natural world around them.»

The education, especially of children born in big cities, is the key to reverse the decline of species and its devastating consequences for wildlife.

Source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/natural-history-museum-wildlife-hub

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