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March 20, 2017
The 10th anniversary even of our Nature Child Reunion initiative was held recently in Victoria, BC. Richard Louv who participated in our initial events back in 2007 and 2009 was the keynote speaker and Lieutenant Governor of BC, The Honourable Judith Guichon, also participated.
It was wonderful to see the energy and success of the efforts of so many people over the last decade. What was a little considered idea when Richard wrote “Last Child in the Woods” has become a truly significant movement in society. As the prime motivator in the Kesho Trust’s Nature Child Reunion initiative, Bob Peart has continued to champion this concept and offered these remarks at the conference:
“Ten years ago, the importance of being outside and the value of playing in nature for children and their families was barely on the public’s radar. Now, one can hardly go to a
party, read a newspaper or listen to the news without seeing or hearing references to nature kindergartens, the need for more green spaces in cities, or the connection between
spending time outside and a child’s health and their physical and emotional development. The child-nature movement has had great success bringing these issues to the forefront,
and the momentum we are building should help address the need for greater access to and time in nature, even urban nearby nature’, for all of us”
For a full report on the event, please see the link below.
January 18, 2017
Our two Coop students from the University of Victoria, Alex Papp [left] and Justine Cowitz [left centre], have now arrived in Dar es Salaam and met up with our volunteers Penina Mairo [right centre] and Vaileth Mashauri [right]. There are logistics to work out but they all look happy regardless! We wish them well in the upcoming adventure.
December 21, 2016
Our community story for the Saadani area has now been posted on the CCRN website. Similar stories highlighting the work of researchers and local organizations in the various study areas of the network from around the world are posted there.
December 19, 2016
Director Bruce Downie has published an article in the IUCN journal Policy Matters which reviews our PECC case study. Follow the link below to the journal. His articel is Chapter 7 – pages 66-80.