Inspire Devon's Children About Climate Change

by Ellie Jackson in Devon, United Kingdom

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On 8th October 2021 we successfully raised £10,809 with 46 supporters in 32 days

Together we can inspire our children to tackle climate change with this proven, fun, beautiful, engaging teaching resource for every school

by Ellie Jackson in Devon, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The latest book in the Wild Tribe Heroes series is about bees and habitat loss - I would love to see this book reach every primary school in Devon to inspire children to care for our beautiful bees and local habitats.


Together we can inspire our children to tackle climate change with these proven, fun, beautiful, engaging teaching resources for every school  

As the long term effects of these very difficult last 18 months become more apparent, it can be hard to prioritise the pressures our environment is facing due to climate change. As we are urged to shop local and support Devon businesses, we are already helping to reduce our impact on the environment by taking this important step. But there is another small way in which you can help - one that will inspire over 80,000 Devon children to get involved and help tackle the climate change issue. 1542888038_Screenshot%202018-11-22%20at%2011.19.36.png

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Climate change is a serious problem affecting every part of our planet, but with your help, we can inspire future generations to reverse the damage that is destroying our world. The real key to solving the issue is to teach children from a young age about the problem - and this is where a little bit of help from you can make a direct difference in your community.

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The Wild Tribe Heroes are written and illustrated by Cornish based author and illustrator team Ellie Jackson and Laura Callwood and are a series of children’s books designed to teach primary school children about global environmental issues – and what they can do to fix them! 

We want all 400 primary schools in Devon to each receive a copy of three books in the bestselling Wild Tribe Heroes series, Buddy's Rainforest Rescue, Hunter’s Icy Adventure and Sunny's Blazing Battle - all true stories about climate change and the problems it causes. The books are printed and ready to go and can be with the schools within a few weeks - the power to make this a reality is in your hands.

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Reaching over a million children and receiving personal support from Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles, this number one bestselling series covers issues such as ocean plastic, balloon releases, ghost fishing nets, palm oil and climate change. Through a successful crowdfunder in 2018, the first three books on ocean plastic were generously donated by the Devon community into all 400 Devon schools, reaching over 80,000 children with their important messages. 1604245187_67298346_2115172418783332_8151340932688510976_o.jpg

Over the last two years, the impact of the books on school children has been evident right across the county as more and more children are passionately involved in helping stop single use plastic - from seeing children get involved in beach cleans and litter picks, becoming Plastic Free Schools and Communities, writing letters to businesses, helping stop single use plastics such as plastic straws, instigating changes to Red Noses, setting up recycling schemes, campaigning for change in their communities and inspiring their families to get involved.1542367123_Screenshot%202018-11-16%20at%2011.18.30.png

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With Devon Council declaring a climate emergency, this crowdfunder directly supports the Council’s objectives to educate and support children. By using a gentle true story and engaging illustrations in a familiar picture book style with a happy ending,  the Wild Tribe Heroes books guide young children through the issues of climate change and helps them to put it into context, giving them a reason as to why changes need to be made. The book and supporting teaching resources are a way for you and your community to get behind your children, helping them to create cleaner schools, towns, coasts and healthy environments for humans and animals.

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If we meet our target, we’ll send each school in Devon an educational pack that includes all three climate change books, teaching ideas, curriculum maps and access to high quality digital resources. The books can be used as a stand alone lesson or a series of lessons and assembly discussion – even as a whole school approach. The teaching resources have been written by Cornish teacher, outdoor learning advocate and author Debbie Lambert and incorporate learning from every area of the National Curriculum, and can easily be adapted by teachers for all ages. 

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The books are supported by several South West based environmental charities, including Surfers Against Sewage, 2 Minute Beach Clean, The Eden Project and Fathom's Free and together with your help, we can spread the word to support these charities further, starting with this campaign to reach all the primary schools in Devon.

Who am I?

My name is Ellie Jackson. I grew up spending my holidays immersed in nature, and my childhood was a free range existence – exploring beaches, caves and cliffs. My parents really instilled in me a love of the outdoors, and that love has stayed with me ever since; I went on to study Environmental Science at Birmingham University, before teaching secondary school Geography, moving to Australia and starting a family and writing my first book about a turtle who eats too much plastic. Now living in Cornwall and four years and six books later, I spend my days together with my children, campaigning for plastic free communities whilst working hard creating books that can help inspire children to care for our environment.

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As a mother and teacher myself, it is vital to me to teach children these messages in a gentle way, whilst still explaining the reality of the issues. As adults, we find it distressing and overwhelming to see shocking images of rivers of plastic, animals in distress, and depressing facts. There is no need for a child of primary school age to see images of their favourite animals in so much pain and yet if we leave this until they are teenagers, the habits they have learned will be much harder to change.

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By teaching children from ages 3 and upwards, using these books, they can see the issue come to life through a familiar picture book format with a happy ending and ideas for the future. This puts a positive approach to the problem and empowers them to feel like they can make a difference. And it doesn’t stop there; more books are on their way about many different environmental issues in the hope that they’ll continue to inspire children across the UK – and the world, as the books are already translated into 15 different languages!

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With A Small Bit of Help You Can Make A Whole Lot Of Change

With your help, we can spread the climate change message, reaching thousands of children across our community. We want every primary school in Devon to have these books and from experience, we have seen huge success and change when a whole area is targeted at once. This way, thousands of children, their parents and families will learn about the issue at the same time creating a powerful momentum for change. And the money you pledge will help us get these books and resources into our schools. With 400 primary schools in Devon that is almost 100,000 children reached in one go - all taking action to tackle the problem and real world results are already being seen in changing attitudes, cleaner environment, waste reduction and increased awareness.

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Ultimately, if we can inspire our children to take action at home and in school and to tackle wider issues in their communities we still stand a chance in reversing this globally devastating issue. 

Thank you!


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

High Five!

A massive thank you for helping ONE school in Devon. Each school will receive copies of three books plus teaching resources. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support. Your name will go on our roll of honours list sent out to every school.

£5 or more

A Big Bear Hug! Brrrilliant!

Thank you so much - your donation will go towards providing the books for schools in Devon. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support.

£12 or more

It's Snow Joke!

Choose one book from the Wild Tribe Heroes series and I can sign and post this out to you. Your contribution will go towards helping one Devon school. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support.

£12 or more

Teddy Suprise!

One gorgeous, super soft and cuddly teddy made from 100% recycled materials will be posted out to you. Choose from a turtle, puffin, whale, orangutan, polar bear, or koala. Your contribution will also go towards helping one Devon school. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support.

£25 or more

Double Whammy!

One book and one teddy from the Wild Tribe Heroes series - choose from a turtle, puffin, whale, orangutan, polar bear or koala. All teddies are made from 100% recycled materials and match each character in the stories. I can sign and dedicate all books. Your contribution will also go towards helping one Devon school. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support.

£40 or more

Double High Five!

A massive thank you for helping TWO schools in Devon. Each school will receive copies of three books plus teaching resources. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Thank you so much for your kind support. Your name will go on our roll of honours list sent out to every school.

£100 or more

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Author Zoom

Donate £100 and 4 Devon schools will receive a copy of all three books plus teaching resources. Nominate a school of your choice for an author zoom book reading plus Q&A session. A big polar bear hug from Hunter and all of us here at the Wild Tribe Heroes team. Your name will go on our roll of honours list.

£250 or more

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Icy Spectacular!

Donate £250 and help inspire 2,500 children in 12 Devon schools with the message of climate change. Each school will receive a copy of all three books plus teaching resources. Plus two of your nominated schools will each receive an author zoom book reading and Q&A session. We can also include promotional material about your organisation or company in every book pack we send to each primary school in Devon.

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