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Marine Conservation Aims

1.  Create an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine  reserves for all species inhabiting our seas.  Many marine species move around day by day, season by season or year by year, for food, to reproduce,  and for other reasons. Therefore it’s not enough to protect only one area when they might spend much of  their lives elsewhere. A network of marine reserves that is ecologically coherent is one that considers the  entire marine environment – not just isolated pockets – as well as the species (including all their life stages)  and habitats most needing needing protection. This ensures that...
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Young People in Nature Aims

1.  Every urban area to host an annual ‘Borough Bioblitz’, where children  conduct audits of their local wildlife, assessing ecological health of an area  and how to improve it.  A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a  designated area. Recording is an extremely useful way to monitor population trends of various species, and  therefore help protect them. It can also help people connect with and develop an appreciation of the  wildlife on their doorstep. 2.  ‘Wild Zones’ – outdoor teaching areas – in every school, with government  funding...
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Diversity in Nature and Conservation Aims

1.  Acknowledge and address the low visible minority ethnic representation  across the environmental sector.  Racial diversity in nature and conservation organisations is a longstanding and deep-rooted problem, and  recently there have been calls from around the world to address it 4 , 5 , 6 . Gender diversity is changing slowly,  but there is still a long way to go to have balanced representation of our diverse society; an endeavour that  will not only enrich our society, but will contribute to better science, better communication, and better  communities for everyone. 2.  The sector to obtain advice from VME Race experts...
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Social Inclusion and Access to Nature Aims

1.  Recognise access to diverse nature as a human right, and reinstate that  access to all members of society.  Regular access to nature improves mental and physical health: it calms the mind, lowers blood pressure,  increases concentration, boosts self-confidence, and mediates our most human traits of emotions, meaning  and compassion. 5 , 6 Nature has forever been a universal language across cultures, and it must continue to be  freely accessible to all in our society. 2.  Voluntary full- or part-time eco-community service for all, with a small  increment on benefit payments (from universal credit to pensions) in return for  hours...
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Natural Culture and Education Aims

1.  Rewrite Section 78 of The Education Act to place nature at the centre  of the state curriculum from nursery to secondary school.  Section 78 of the Education Act covers the general requirements in relation to the curriculum. Currently, it  states that: “the curriculum for a [...] school satisfies the requirements of this section if it is a balanced and  broadly based curriculum which: (a) promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the  school and of society, and  (b) prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later  life.”  A recommendation...
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