Education

Giving birds a new home – how students upcycled shoe-boxes to save the environment

Saving nature is not difficult and can be done in creative ways, as students of the NSN group of schools proved!

About 150 students participated in E.F.I’s bird nest building workshop and designed unique birdhouses out of their old shoeboxes. 

Before the cutting and tinkering started, a short presentation about India’s birds was given to introduce the participants to the topic. Special attention was given to the sparrow, whose population has decreased rapidly in Chennai during the past few years.

In conclusion to that, the students were given the task to create sparrow nests, which differ from other birds’ nests through the little aperture in the front. Following the instructions, holes were cut and sticks were glued to the shoebox, resulting in 150 individual bird nests of multiple colors and sizes.

Once all papers and tapes were creatively placed on the bird’s new homes, the students were invited to experience the consequences of Global Warming on our ecosystems by themselves in a game. Followed by an open brainstorming, the importance of every single animal, plant &  how important water is to keep an ecosystem balanced was outlined. Furthermore, many participants came up with ideas on how they can contribute as an individual to the balance of the ecosystem and the reduction of effects caused by Global Warming in their daily life. 

As part of our education program, E.F.I is regularly hosting activities such as the bird’s nest-building, lake safaris and awareness sessions at schools. Our aim is to sensitize students awareness on the environment and encourage them to become young environmental leaders. Through directly experiencing and talking about nature, we hope to remind them of their exceptional connection to it, as well as the need to preserve it!

Volunteer for India and her Environment with E.F.I!

-Jai Hind-

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