Why children are key to planet’s future – an open letter from Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle photographed by Stuart Dunn

I WAS fortunate enough to spend much of my childhood outside – from making mud pies with friends to exploring the beautiful countryside with my parents, writes BEN FOGLE.

My love for nature and the environment is something I now share with my own children.

I am passionate that all young people should have the chance to explore their connections with nature – and I want to celebrate those who are already going above and beyond for our planet.

That’s why, as a WWF ambassador and keen environmentalist, I’m proud to be involved in the Green Ambassador Awards this year.

Along with WWF and People’s Postcode Lottery, I’m on a quest to find sustainability champions within UK primary schools.

The Green Ambassador Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the pupils, teachers and schools that put the environment at the heart of what they do. That’s why I’m calling on schools, teachers, parents and children to help us find those champions who are going above and beyond to help protect the planet.

As we rapidly approach the deadline for these prestigious awards, we are seeking inspirational green ambassadors across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The winners and the runners up will be presented with their awards at special events at their schools during the summer. The lucky school award winners will each receive £1,000, and the runners up £500, to help boost the green projects, thanks to players of People Postcode Lottery.

To find out more and to enter the Green Ambassador Awards, visit wwf.org.uk/gaawards17

Children really are the future. Connecting them with nature and inspiring them to protect our environment is crucial and indeed, they can inspire us all to do even more too.

Yours faithfully

The annual awards are part of WWF’s flagship Green Ambassadors scheme, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The awards showcase the very best examples of schools putting environment and sustainability at the heart of what they do. This year there are three categories of award: schools; teacher; and green team.

For the first time, alongside the UK-wide teacher and green team winners, there will be schools award winners in each UK country (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland).

The awards close on Tuesday, April 25, at 5pm.



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