Posted by Ros Connors

Study finds kids are aware of major threats to biodiversity

New research has revealed the extent to which the next generation understand the problems facing the planet. Parents revealed that an incredible 77% of children in the UK have at least a reasonable awareness and understanding of endangered species and extinction.

While the understanding of problems relating to climate change is high, the knowledge of possible solutions is lower. Just 16% of kids have a strong understanding of what conservation is but more needs to be done to equip them for a future of combatting climate change. The question is: how do we engage them in the solutions?

Research commissioned by Twycross Zoo has found that parents think a good imagination is essential as it enables children to be curious (68%), engaged with the world around them (63%) and become better learners (61%).

Ros spoke to Dr Sam Wass, child psychologist and neuroscientist.

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