In cooperation with...
London Youth, London Wildlife Trust, John Muir Trust and Headliners UK, Shpresa Programme created the Guardians of the Environment Group as part of the Keep it Wild! project.
Every Saturday afternoon, children from the Albanian speaking community join with others to learn about nature, wildlife and conservation. Group members (or Guardians of the Environment as they are better known) join in a host of interactive sessions to create their own projects to save nature, raise awareness of the importance of conservation, and make safer outside spaces for young people to enjoy.
Here’s what a few of our new Guardians of the Environment have to say:
"The aim of the project is to encourage young people who may not usually engage with natural spaces to develop their understanding, skills and passion to drive social and environmental change in London. Young people aged 11-25 will go through progressive stages, receive training and the John Muir Award whilst discovering the importance of protecting urban wildlife in a fun and interactive way. This will help the group to create a positive change in the form of a social media campaign or a digital project (like creating a video or an interview etc.), or just in general by helping others understand the value and appreciate nature. Improving their wellbeing and making connections in outdoor space and nature."
"Have you ever thought: how many animals exist on our planet or how they develop and many many other questions who bother us every day. But is there an answer to these questions and if yes, where can you find it? Join us! Join Keep it wild! Learn more about nature and what’s around you. Learn how to plant a tree, how to feed an animal and how to love nature. Help as to plant a tree of cooperation, enthusiasm and appreciation today and celebrate when we’ll plant a whole forest together!"
"I am writing to you to tell you that you should join the Keep It Wild Group. It is the best group that you have ever seen. All participate and there is no hiding place. We are all about helping the environment and our community. We love to go on adventures and explore the different plants and animals we can find. We want to help the environment and make it a better place for pedestrians to have a lovely day at the local park.”