Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

Earth Day Overview

Earth Day is an annual event that is responsible for building the world’s largest environmental movement. Over 1 billion people from 192 countries participate to raise awareness about the numerous threats to the environment. You can find more information HERE.

Earth Day 2019 – Protect our Species

Earth Day 2019 will raise awareness about protecting species. This is important because we are amidst the largest period of species extinction since the dinosaur extinctions 60 million years ago. Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with up to 200 extinctions daily. Multiple species will disappear before we learn about them or the benefits they bring to our planet.

Earth Day at Wellington

 – a personal perspective by Sam Phillips

As a qualified ecologist and following a career of environmental protection in South East Asia, Africa and the UK, I am very passionate about educating future generations about the importance of protecting the world from climate change and species extinctions. Unfortunately, future generations will have to deal with the problems associated with climate change unless we start making huge changes now!

At Wellington College International Hangzhou, we will use Earth Day as the foundation for raising the awareness of children and adults to be responsible for protecting species and their environment. To inspire children and adults, and as part of our CCA initiative, we have invited Huang Hongxiang to Wellington College Hangzhou to educate children about the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade. To learn more about Huang’s important work please see below.Hongxiang Huang 黄泓翔 has been working with international media and NGOs since 2011. Huang has reported on and researched Chinese overseas investment and socio-environmental conflict in Africa and Latin America. Through his investigative work, he has witnessed firsthand the challenges of Chinese overseas investment in emerging economies: environmental destruction, labour disputes, community conflict, and illegal trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. His investigation into the global ivory trade was featured in the Oscar-shortlisted film The Ivory Game, executively produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Dr. Jane Goodall has called Huang “my hero” for his courage in fighting for elephants. Huang holds degrees from Fudan University and Columbia University. 

During the weeks and months following Huang’s presentations, the children will be asked to design artwork and posters to highlight the impacts of illegal poaching. We will promote awareness of environmental protection through inquiry-based learning: children will be given the opportunity to design an outdoor learning area; bird feeders will be made in art and craft lessons and located around the school to encourage birds to visit the school grounds; some maths lessons will be designed to measure and monitor waste and recycling; artwork will be auctioned to raise money for wildlife conservation and local wildlife groups will be invited to educate Wellington children about the importance of protecting biodiversity in China.I am sure the children in Wellington College International Hangzhou will be inspired to help protect and conserve our planet as a result of Huang’s presentations and the combined efforts of the teaching staff to promote the importance of conserving biodiversity and slowing down climate change.

We can’t turn back time. But if we work together, we can prevent more environmental damage and help restore nature.

Quote from WWF