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Our Activities

 

The Environment and Sustainable Living Educational Project

Funded by a grant from Capital Community Grassroots Fund. The project aims to educate children and young adults in the environmental challenges and how to address them through sustainable living and application of alternative technologies.

 

Click links below to read activity report written by young adults

The Centre for Alternative Technology

Science and Natural History Museums

London Zoo

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Kew Garden

 

Centre for Alternative Technology Visit

The environment has become an increasingly important topic over the past decade as we have become more and more aware of our own impact and how we are gradually depleting our natural resources.  The centre for alternative Technology (CAT) situated in Wales, aims to educate the general public on ways that we can reduce our own energy consumption and subsequently reduce our carbon footprint.


As members of the Kordofan Development Foundation, we were given the opportunity to experience life at an eco-cabin at the centre; as well as learn about renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems. The centre is situated in a peaceful part of North Wales, surrounded by forests and nature; you could’t help but be awed by the beauty and serenity.  


Living sustainably in the eco cabins meant learning to do without basic appliances that we take for granted (i.e. fridge, microwave, kettle, TV, computer etc). Hot water was provided by a log stove in the kitchen and as the centre is not part of the national grid, electricity was supplied by solar panels, wind and water turbines. We quickly settled into our simpler way of life and were surprised by the ease of the transition.


An electricity board allowed us to monitor our energy and water consumption 24/7 which made us more conscious of how even basic and simple tasks such as a 10 minute shower uses a lot of electrical output and significantly reduces our water stores. A diesel generator was available to provide additional power as a last resort in case we used up all our electricity generated through renewable means. Fortunately we did not need to resort to such measures.


After a brief tour of the centre, we participated in a workshop in which we had to build and design wind turbines, demonstrating the importance of the shape as well as the number of blades needed. Different groups designed different blades and the wind turbine that succeeded in generating the greatest energy output won.
Overall, the trip turned out of be a great success with everyone who participated becoming more aware of how the choices they make affect the wider environment, and that living more sustainably is not only easy to attain but can provide a better quality of life.

 

Science and Natural History Museums Visit

The Kordofan Development Foundation organised a trip to the both the Natural history and Science Museums in order to teach members how science and technology can be used constructively to conserve our planet Earth.


In the Science Museum the children first sat down to watch a presentation about the affects of Global warming and Climate change as well as proof of how it mainly comes down to human actions.  This allowed observers to reflect on their own impact on the environment as well as reflect on how they can change their ways in order to help lower their own personal impact on the environment. 


At the ‘Who am I’ exhibition, interactive displays showed how genes impact your brain and the children got to learn a great deal more about differences between humans.


The collections in the Natural History Museum have enormous scientific and historical significance. The first exhibition we visited was the human biology centre in which we looked at the way muscles, joints and bones interact to allow human movement, building on topics studied at schools in a fun and interactive way. The vast majority of our time was spent at the new Darwin Centre, where we were able to see scientists working on exciting projects, as well as looking at different species of insects and their role in the eco-system.


In conclusion, it turned out to be a very productive day.  It was fascinating to see the scientific advancements and how they have developed over time in response to human needs. There is still a long way to go before we are 100% sustainable, but hopefully through research and development we will have a more positive role on the planet.

 

London Zoo Visit

As part of the Environmental and sustainable living educational project fund, a trip was organised to London Zoo. The aim of the trip was to focus on the conservation of animals and the preservation of their habitat. 

 

We started the day at the reptile house looking at the wide range of snakes, frogs and alligators.  We were lucky enough to be able to stroke a live corn snake as well as marvel at the beauty of the shed skin of a python. The most intriguing part of the reptile house was seeing the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island, the environmental impact of humans is affecting their habitat and their numbers are falling.  This is a theme that we will come across a lot throughout the day.


The most fascinating and exciting part of the zoo was the fact that you got to see animals not native to the UK or even Europe.  We strolled through the Australian outback, taking in the beauty of Llamas, Willoughby’s and Alpacas.  My personal favourite was the Komodo Dragon, a large lizard that is 3m long and extremely dangerous.  However here again their story echoes that of many of the Zoo’s animals.  With only 350 females left in the wild, conservation efforts are underway to halt their extinction.


Most people associate London Zoo with the Gorilla Kingdom so we headed there next, it was interesting to observe the Gorillas relaxing and interacting with one another. We also learnt about the work of the zoo to preserve their natural habitat in Lope National Park in Gabon. We also got an amazing chance to meet the monkeys, a part of the zoo in which the animals roamed around freely outside of their enclosures.


We headed into Africa after lunch; it was to be the most interesting part of our day.  Global warming and the subsequent rise in temperature will have an acute effect on Africa’s habitat leading to more droughts, having a adverse affect on the native animals.  Fortunately serious conservation efforts are currently underway. Despite having never gone on Safari, we were pleased to be able to see the Giraffes and Zebras which seemed to be very popular with the tourists.
Overall the trip provided more than a day of seeing cute animals, but instead providing a deeper awareness of how our impact is significantly cutting into the ecosystem of these animals and significantly depleting their numbers.  It is well worth a visit, whatever your age you will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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