On January 26th, World Environmental Education Day is celebrated, whose objective is to generate awareness and change in people to promote care, conservation and protection of the environment, as well as to encourage their participation.
In this context, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina launches a booklet for teachers on the Misiones jungle, available for free download on the environmental education website.
52% of the country’s biodiversity is found in Misiones, and with a high number of endemic species (those that are limited to a single geographical area).
It is home to the largest feline in our country, the jaguar (jaguar panther), tourist attractions such as the Iguaçu or Moconá waterfalls, a wide variety of orchids and production of yerba mate; but today this landscape is threatened by the loss, alteration and degradation of the forest.
For example, due to forest loss, alteration and degradation: Misiones has lost 17% of native forests in 37 years. The missionary jungle is also part of the Atlantic Forest, an ecoregional complex that unites three countries Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, named by the UN as the Flagship Initiative for Global Restoration of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration.
Environmental education, a fundamental pillar
Education is a fundamental pillar to rescue and reinforce our positive bond with nature, through teachers, environmental multipliers and students. For this reason, Fundación Vida Silvestre, with the support of Santander, as part of the World Day for Environmental Education, has developed the booklet on the Misiones jungle, an educational, practical and didactic material to learn about its importance and value for the well-being of people, conserve and restore nature, in addition to protecting the species that inhabit it, such as the jaguar.
It includes information to get to know the ecoregion, files and images of the species that live there, the threats to the forest and the challenges for its conservation, maps, activities to put into practice what was learned in the classroom, the importance for people and much more. more.
“Environmental education integrates all people and all ages, aims to transmit knowledge that will help us to raise awareness of the environment that surrounds us, of the importance of protecting it, as well as to reflect and relearn about the relationship between human beings and nature. nature. Provides tools to create habits and attitudes to take action to reverse environmental problems that impact not only nature but also people” explained Martín Font, director of communication and education at Vida Silvestre.
Launch of the Selva Misionera booklet
“That’s why we launched the Misiones jungle primer, which joins the collection of other ecoregions to create spaces inside and outside the classroom that allow us to promote integral solutions for a sustainable society.” The missionary jungle booklet joins the collection of other ecoregional booklets: Antarctica, Chaco, Pampas and Argentinean Sea.
All of them are freely available on the web. from the Vida Silvestre Foundation. It also offers activities, downloadable materials and tools for teachers and environmental multipliers to build a planet where people develop in harmony with nature. In addition to this action, throughout the year we will add free virtual courses for teachers and the general public, with the delivery of certificates, on various environmental problems.
The booklet joins the ecoregional collection of Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina, which is available for free download at www.educacion.vidasilvestre.org.ar