Help Students Become Good Conservationists

Target: Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education

Goal: Require that all schools offer wildlife conservation courses as part of their core curriculum from elementary through college.

One of the greatest tools that any wildlife conservationist can have is the support and investment of the people. Without an interest from citizens, conservation faces a tough uphill battle. The future of animals depends on children and their desire to protect wildlife as an enduring effort. Schools prepare children for the future, not just academically but also socially. When schools offer conservation classes to their students, future generations will grow up with an understanding of how important the world’s animal population truly is.

Future generations won’t know the importance of preserving wildlife unless they are taught. When children are taught about wildlife conservation they will become invested in the future of the animals. Conservation courses will begin in elementary school where kids begin to learn the value of wildlife through hands-on activities and time spent outdoors. As the children advance in their education, conservation courses change to fit the level of students. The emphasis will always be on the importance of the preservation of animals.

Students will be taught problem-solving skills that would carry over into other areas of their lives and education. They will also learn how to successfully interact with other students and gain an understanding of the importance of global relations. Wildlife conservation is a global effort that requires different nations to work together for a common goal. By learning about wildlife conservation in schools, children will cultivate a global awareness that benefits the relations of different nationalities.

With over two thousand animals currently listed as critically endangered, it’s time for education efforts to go beyond basic skills. Schools need to cultivate a love of wildlife in children and the desire to protect the animal species of the world. If wildlife conservation is to continue and remain successful, then education must be a top priority. Sign the petition below to urge the Department of Education to require core courses in wildlife conservation for all levels of students.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary DeVos,

Wildlife conservation needs the support of younger generations. Education in schools should help foster a love for wildlife and the desire to preserve the animal species of the world. By offering wildlife conservation courses as part of the core curriculum in schools, children will learn important skills and develop a global awareness. The problems currently facing conservation can be overcome only by cooperation on a national and global level.

Students will develop important skills when learning how to overcome human-animal conflicts, prevent poaching and develop strategies for land preservation that would be offered in these courses. These courses can also lead to global internships and opportunities for students to make a larger impact in their efforts to save wildlife. Had education put more focus on conservation, many current challenges facing wildlife populations may have been avoided. Elephant populations may have been better off had the older generations been taught a love for wildlife that was not linked to the monetary value of ivory.

Animal populations will continue to decline unless something is done. Future generations are the best tools we will have in the fight to save our wildlife. I urge you to make wildlife conservation courses a part of the core curriculum in schools. By doing this, you will be securing the future of wildlife conservation and preventing thousands of animals from going extinct.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Walton LaVonda

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