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Biodiversity: Using the Law to Drive Change

Without biodiversity there would be no life on Earth. According to statistics released by the UN environment programme, we are experiencing a dangerous decline in biodiversity. Within the next 100 years up to half of the world’s species could be lost.

In this lesson students consider who is responsible for protecting biodiversity across the globe and explore what actions they can take to make their voices heard on this issue.

Overview

During this lesson, students consider what biodiversity is, why it is essential to all life on Earth and what is causing its loss. They examine who has responsibility for minimising and preventing biodiversity loss, and explore how the rule of law can be used to tackle this. Finally, they will be introduced to key laws concerning biodiversity, and critically consider how the law can be applied in different scenarios.

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by the term biodiversity and why it is important;
  • Explore who is responsible for tackling biodiversity loss considering a range of different groups across society;
  • Explain how the law can play a part in protecting biodiversity;
  • Critically consider how the law could be used to instigate change;
  • Describe a change they would like to see implemented to tackle biodiversity loss, and/ or an action they can take to support biodiversity.

Acknowledgments:

This classroom resource was developed in partnership with and funded by the international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

We would like to thank the staff and pupils at Stanground Academy and Parliament Hill School for their input during the piloting of this resource.

 

Photo credit: Anne Jones

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