An Art education project with children with EBD and ADHD in the UK. Learning about jungle eco systems and wildlife and how they all interrelate. Drawings to design to mural. Learning the process of working collaboratively to make a large scale community mural. The Disappearing Rainforests-
We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.
Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners.
Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.
The Amazon rainforest represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The cattle sector of the Brazilian Amazon, incentivized by the international beef and leather trades, has been responsible for about 80% of all deforestation in the region.
We learnt about:
- Jungle wildlife from the; sky, land and water
- How all the wildlife needs each other and how we can protect and conserve it
- How our consumer choices; especially fast food chains, effect the deforestation process.
- Choosing an animal that represents our own characteristics
- Planning and implementing a community mural project
- Transforming an ugly neglected area of the community into a bright, cheerful landmark
- Working together as a team to create something positive for the community