From "Footprints" to "Handprints", Birdlife International Dias and Zhou Jinfeng discussed children's bird watching and civil science
2019/8/9 14:03:00 本站

Recently, Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, President of the council of Birdlife International and former Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, visited the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). During the talk, the two sides discussed bird watching and citizen science.

Dr. Dias introduced a project experience in Japan: from "footprint" to "handprints", involving children in the conservation of bird biodiversity. With the support of a project, teachers are trained; teachers take their children to go birdwatching near school; and then, scientists provide species identification for birds. They have accumulated a large amount of data in a civic scientific way, which provides important evidence and support for understanding biodiversity and protecting birds.

We all know that the concept of Footprint is a way to measure how much impact we have on our environment. Dr. Dias introduced the concept of Handprint, which refers to a good impact on the environment. He introduced the best practices of an organization, using "handprints" to measure the positive impact on the environment. Zhou Jinfeng believes that this is a good practice. He hopes to know more details to promote the work of the CBCGDF.

Zhou Jinfeng introduced the concept of "ecological civilization" put forward by China and the necessity of green schools and curriculum adaptation. Data show that the rate of myopia among adolescents in China is the highest in the world. The rate of myopia among high school students and college students has exceeded 70%, and the rate of myopia among primary school students is close to 40%, and this trend is still on the rise. Insufficient outdoor activities and the use of electronic screens are the main reasons. He also introduced that China had just issued the State Council's Suggestions on the Implementation of the Healthy China Action, which put forward that "by 2022 and 2030, the overall myopia rate of children and adolescents in China will strive to reduce by more than 0.5 percent annually, and the rate of new myopia will obviously decrease."

Zhou Jinfeng said we proposed that bird watching is one of the best eye exercises and suggested that it should be incorporated into the basic education system. He introduced the main points of an article published recently in China's Ecological Civilization. Zhou Jinfeng proposed that comprehensive prevention and control of myopia among children and adolescents can be combined with the education of ecological civilization in our country. Bird watching is one of the best activities. It can not only find poor eyesight at an early stage, but also help to exercise children's eyesight and discrimination, get close to nature, cultivate their love and improve mental health, and train future citizen scientists and main force of sustainable tourism for the era of ecological civilization.

The two sides also shared experiences and exchanged views on other best practices of bird watching and bird biodiversity conservation in the world.

(Photo credit: CBCGDF)

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By / Li Xue