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Welcome to Be the Change, Sustainability for Kids!

 

In 2015, the United Nations countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world.

Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens have written a young people’s book, Be the Change, to explore these goals and the positive steps being taken to look after each other and our environment. This site will also be the place to find other kids’ books, poems, tips and fun to help you start being the change! Thank you to Julian Mosedale for the fab artwork!

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Greta, today – everyone should watch this!

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What is Sustainable?

A tree is sustainable. We need to plant three BILLION by 2050 in the UK alone to combat Climate Crisis. Almost every area will have people who can help you plant trees, a tree for you to plant and an area to plant it in – but planting is only the first step. Trees have to be nurtured like any other plant, and watered and fed and checked on until the are old enough to survive alone. Trees are wonderful things – so here’s a poem about one!

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A Tree

 

A small tree seed falls in the soil

bursts open, swells, a shoot uncoils

 

its journey to the sky begun

a leaf unfurls, turns in the sun

 

to gratify its appetite

it eats earth’s food, drinks rain and light

 

shapes skin of bark, and wood as bone,

green clothes of leaves, and when it’s grown

 

then it gives back; it starts to bear

nut, blossom, fruit, its breath cleans air

 

its branches are a music hall

and home for souls that creep and crawl

 

a swing for squirrel acrobats

a perch for birds, a roost for bats

 

its life, green loveliness from birth

its death gifts goodness back to earth

 

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© Liz Brownlee

 

See if you can find a way to plant a tree, or several trees. The Woodland Trust is a good place to start asking.

Beautiful tree image by Marvin Foushee on Flikr, by CC license.

 

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Earthtalk by Shauna Darling Robertson

Thank you to Shauna, who has sent a fabulous Climate Change Poem:

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Earthtalk

 

The sea has a story to tell us,

……….if only we’d wait on the beach

and I wish we’d just sit here and listen

……….to all that the wind has to teach

and the earth will share mountains of wisdom

……….as soon as we grasp more than speech.

 

The trees gently whisper their secrets

………and offer up knowledge for free

and the birds chatter openly to us:

         whatever seems locked, there’s a key.

The whole world, it talks to us daily –

………can’t anyone hear it but me?

 

© Shauna Darling Robertson

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Petition to get Washing Machines Fitted with Microplastic Filters

Fleece is everywhere. We all wear it, even my dog wears one. And has blankets made of it.

 

BUT studies have shown that each time one fleece is washed 700,000 fibres made of microplastic are shed into the water. Fish (and whales and dolphins and other sea creatures) eat them, mistaking them for food and we eat the fish – so end up eating plastic. Any plastic clothing (nylon, acrylic, polyester etc.) sheds plastic into the water in each wash. One way to help stop this is to only buy clothes made of natural fibres, which will eventually decompose, wool jumpers for instance. But natural fibres can be more expensive, and involve unfair labour practises.

 

This is a petition to the Gvt. in the UK to ask for filters to be fitted in washing machines. Sign it if you live in the UK and agree! Petition to Get filters fitted in washing machines.

 

Another way to help is to put all fleeces into a bag before washing.

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Rhino Poem for World Poetry Day

Rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’, and these massive animals are one of the largest species  in the world. There are only around 29,000 rhinos left in the wild, compared to 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. Some species are critically endangered. They have no natural enemies but us – the main threat to them is illegal hunting. Their horns are worth a lot of money, weight for weight more than gold, because they can be sold at a very high price to make ‘medicine’, which will never work. Rhino horn is made of a substance similar to finger nails.

Here is my rhino poem:

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Rhino

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Who am I,
in the dust
dripping blood,
built like stone
from elephant grass,
and cooled by mud?

Who am I,
dripping blood
down my chin,
shot through my
shields of
mosaic skin?

Who am I,
dripping blood,
face hacked and sawn?
Who am I,
who am I,
without my horn?

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© Liz Brownlee

 

Image by Todd on Flikr by CC license.