Nature & Biodiversity

Biodiversity, or “biological diversity”, refers to the amazing variety of all living things on our planet, from plankton, wildflowers and insects, to mammals, reptiles, trees and birds. It also applies to the habitats in which these living things are to be found; oceans, woodlands, meadows and wetlands, as well as man-made places such as fields, parks and canals. Even so-called  ‘wasteland’ can be a rich source of biodiversity.

Biodiversity is under threat around the world due to human activities and urbanisation. Deforestation is taking place at a rapid pace to make way for monoculture and human settlements while leading to habitat-loss for many wildlife species. Marine species are being harvested at an unprecedented rate to meet rising demand for seafood. At the same time, climate change poses a potent threat to eco-systems worldwide.

The theme hopes to connect you, your school, and your wider community with the natural environment, and cultivate a sense of wonder, appreciation and value for all the biodiversity around us. The overall aim of the theme is for schools to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and for students to understand its impact on our everyday lives. In this way, schools will have the opportunity to play a vital role in promoting and preserving biodiversity both locally and globally.

An eco-school can show care for biodiversity in some of the following ways:
  • by showing positive attitudes and values for the health and well-being of local habitats, plants and animals, as well as humans
  • by taking action to improve or preserve the local biodiversity, whether it is in the school garden, at home, or a green space in the country, etc.
  • by encouraging the use of the outdoors to teach and learn about biodiversity
  • by making wise choices on the use of natural resources
  • by aiming to reduce its ecological footprint on habitats and species, both locally and globally.