Into the Woods – 10:00am
- Asking a three year old, how much she loves television and then trying to change her opinion on it
- Children need to experience different levels of living to become motivated to get more involved in life. Sitting at a computer/iPad screen will effect children’s mental state
- The environment has a big impact on a child’s growing brain
Scientific evidence has proven that we miss nature. Being among plants will change your mind, views and experience.
- Mentally children are outside but they still have a ceiling over their heads
- Take a child to a nature reserve, but they’re bored and cannot wait to get to the shop or home to the television/iPad
“The outdoor environment can also be a powerful place for children to explore their creativity” – (Trampton, Jenkin and Waters, 2014.)
“We hate confinement. We need what is wild. The more suffocated we are, the louder our wild genes scream, incomes anger, aggression and depression.” – (Griffiths, 2008 & 2013.)
- Playrooms without walls
- Spaces without dead ends
- Furniture that softly partitions rooms
- Slides and steps into classrooms
- Skylights for ‘peakaboo’
Children know their own limits, they stop when they have to stop. This building allows children of Japan to feel free whilst learning, and not constantly stuck under a ceiling taking commands like a prisoner.
This school is also very similar to Fugi’s Kindergarten. It’s based in Bali and has the name of ‘Green School’.
Like Fugi, this school has been built so students can experience nature whilst learning. It’s very spacious and clears the mind for great learning.
I am extremely moved by these schools. Before the ‘Into the Woods’ conference I wasn’t aware of the schools existence. I personally think this is a great idea, especially for children, as they can multitask with find their inner selves and their path to life.
Living Seas – 12.00pm
Marine Conservation Society
What’s the big deal about the sea?
- Moderates out climate
- Central to water cycle
- Provides 50%-70% of our oxygen
- Important food source
- Positive impact on health and wellbeing
- Vital to our economy
- Relaxation and recreation
There are over 15,000 species in the UK seas but we are taking too much out! For example, tuna, salmon, cod, haddock! They will not continue to reproduce because we are removing too much!
Even though we are taking too much out, we are also putting too much in. There are still so many people throwing wet wipes down sewage systems, pouring oil down sinks. These simple acts numerous people are committing is killing our ocean and it will take a very long time for it to recover if we don’t act now!
Today I have learnt that we are not looking after what we have already got and it’s really effecting our ocean.
What can we do?
- Join a beach clean
- Support a campaign
- Live more sustainably
“One planet, one experiment” – Edward – o – biologist