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Wild Planet Explorers ready for the outside!
All sessions for 3-9yrs have now been adapted for outside, adhering to COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines and as fun, interactive and educational as ever! Look forward to getting back to schools, nurseries and groups when circumstances allow. (August 2020)
Wild Planet Explorers is Going Global!
I was lucky enough to have a team come up and film my sessions as part of this, what an experience, huge thanks to Mel and Jon and all their fantastic team.
Here is my latest podcast all about this:
Wild Planet Explorer's historical move online - April 2020
What a challenging time it has been for the world. Wild Planet Explorers has had to face its' own challenges since March 2020 and the COVID 19 lockdown. As our sessions are face to face, in large groups, in schools, nurseries and groups, it is no surprise that Wild Planet Explorers had to take a break to think about its next steps.
It wasn't long until it was clear that the only way to get Orsom and his friends out there, was online. So all the younger sessions were adapted and the first online sessions were delivered on Thursday 9th April. From then until July 2020, it has been an amazing rollercoaster ride, we have met so many amazing families, there are lots of new Wild Planet Explorers out there in Scotland and across the UK too (the amazing reach of the online world!), lots of certificates posted out (given after completing the first 8 sessions), with some doing them twice!
Awarded for Leadership in Sustainability and Climate Change Education - June 2020
Here's my cheesy picture!
1240 children across Rosyth now 3P Pledge Champions!
Wild Planet Explorers has had an amazing time delivering sessions and presentations to 1240 children across 5 primary schools in Rosyth and Kinghorn between June 2019 - January 2020 with the 3P Pledge Champion Award supported by Scottish Water.
Children have met Orsom the Octopus, Cassius the Crab and Deepa the Dolphin in fun, educational and interactive sessions or if P5-P7 heard Wild Planet Explorer's Biology, Habitats and Conservation presentation focusing on marine litter. The children are tackling the issue of sewage related items that end up in rivers and the sea.
5000 new Wild Planet Explorers across Scotland
Delighted to announce that we have now engaged with a total of 5000 new young Wild Planet Explorer's age 3 years and up, across Scottish communities (Feb 2020) since launching. 5000 potential new biologist and conservationists!
Wild Planet Explorers was nominated by parents, leaders, teachers and others for the What's on 4 Kids for the Most loved academic/creative activity up to 9 leaders and was a finalist in the awards in London in October 2019.
Founder of Wild Planet Explorers, Joanna McFarlane becomes a UN accredited climate change teacher and regional lead for EduCCate Global in Scotland, working for a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher in every school in Scotland.
"I had the amazing opportunity of streaming live through Skype into COP25 in Madrid alongside Alan Hesse an environmental educator in South America and Cris Robertson a teacher from South Africa, all of us sharing why we thought every teacher should have the opportunity to become a UN accredited climate change teacher. Find out how your school can become part of the EduCCate Global Climate Change Award programme at http://www.educcateglobal.org"
Wild Planet Explorers 3p Pledge Champion Award - Finalist in Community Initiative Award in Nature of Scotland Awards 2019, alongside some fantastic projects. Congratulations to the Back from the Brink project on winning this year!
Fantastic to be a finalist at the Fife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Glenrothes in March 2019 in the Community Engagement Award Category for our 3P Pledge Champion Award. Congratulations to MLM Building Supplies winning the category this year!
Amazing achievement's by the 11th Fife Scouts in Burntisland who are celebrating completing their Wild Planet Explorer's Forest Tiger Champion Award. Raising awareness of the issue of unsustainable palm oil and tiger decline.
Great coverage in local press and recognition from Scottish Parliament too!
Very proud that Wild Planet Explorer's was a finalist in the Nature of Scotland 2018 Business Award category! Had an amazing night but not to be this time with Barratt Homes winning the category! Next year?
Wild Planet Explorers is delighted to announce we have hit our Cash for Kids 1000 Faces Campaign £100 target!
For every new Wild Planet Explorer in Fife, we have been making a donation to Cash which does amazing work for children in the local area where Wild Planet Explorers is based. We will continue to donate to the 1000 Faces campaign for the rest of 2017.
Wonderful news that the Scottish Government announced this month (Sept 2017) that there are plans for a national deposit scheme for bottles & cans!
Not to forget that where deposit schemes are introduced, recycling is over 90% and littering is massively reduced. A big positive step for the marine litter issue here in Scotland. Wild Planet Explorers is very proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Scheme whose team have successfully campaigned for this deposit scheme, so congratulations to everyone involved! Jo
Wild Planet Explorers launches first local community initiative - The 3P Pledge and 3P Pledge Champion Award
Update July 2017 - Great news! 10% of households in our first 3P Pledge villages of Limekilns, Charlestown, Pattiesmuir & Crombie have already pledged!
Founder of Wild Planet Explorers Joanna McFarlane has launched a new local community initiative to address the build up of toilet waste being seen in her local streams, rivers, seas & on beaches where Wild Planet Explorers is based. Wipes, cotton buds, nappies, sanitary waste are being found strewn across local countryside due to drain blockages they cause & the resulting overflow of toilet waste into nearby waterways. There are only 3 things that can be put down the toilet - Pee, Poo & toilet Paper. Wipes, including biodegradable or flushable wipes do not break down quickly enough like toilet paper & quickly cause blockages. Find out more at https://www.wildplanetexplorers.co.uk/3ppledgechampionaward
Wild Planet Explorers is proud to be a partner in the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign.
This campaign would like a Deposit Return System in Scotland. A deposit return system means you pay a small deposit when you buy drink cans and bottles, which you get back when you return them. By increasing recycling and reducing litter, it would lead to a cleaner, green and more sustainable Scotland for us all. Look at these stats!
1. 37 countries or regions in the world have already introduced effective deposit return systems including Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, most of Canada, 10 US states and large areas of Australia.
2. Drinks packaging is responsible for 80-95% of the litter in our seas by volume or weight and 50% of litter on land.
3. Deposit returns achieves recycling rates of over 90%+ in places that have it. This leads to huge reductions in litter!
4. In Germany 98.5% of plastic bottles are recycled.
5. A Scottish poll in 2015 showed that nearly 79% of people in Scotland were strongly or somewhat supportive of a deposit return scheme.
If would like to find out more about the campaign, please go to www.haveyougotthebottle.org.uk
Wild Planet Explorers is celebrating after engaging with 2500 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife and Scotland so far (as of August 2018), in nurseries, schools, family sessions, groups, events and festivals.
Working with the Scouts!
Fantastic to be working with the Scouts across Scotland to deliver for their programmes.
Many Scout groups are now taking part in the 3P Pledge Champion Award to tackle the issue of marine litter and in particular sewage related debris.
Look forward to meeting more groups in the coming months!
Wild Planet Explorers hit the press last week (with some dubious photos of me!)
Had a great time in London at the What's on for Kids Awards 2017 where I was a finalist in the Best New Activity for Children. Not to be this time but amazingly inspiring event!
As of August 2017 there were 1200 new Wild Planet Explorers across Fife & Scotland which is amazing!
Thank you to every individual who has been a part of this - here's to many new Wild Planet Explorers becoming beginner biologists & conservationists across Scotland & having lots of fun at the same time!
After officially launching just 7 months ago, Wild Planet Explorers is a FINALIST in the What's On 4 Little One's Awards for Best New Activity For Children!
A huge thanks to everyone who voted & who has supported Wild Planet Explorers over the last 7 months & in the trial year beforehand. The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in London in October.
Wild Planet Explorers had a great summer delivering sessions across Scotland at Aberdour Festival, Belladrum, Linlithgow Party at the Palace & ButeFest. Huge thanks to all the organisers for inviting us & to the fantastic new Wild Planet Explorers & their families who embraced the crab & dolphin fun throughout! In wellies, mud & all!