Saturday, 27 February 2016

If Government Has Time To Be ‘Concerned’ About This, It’s Too Big…

More than one in nine children in England have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months, according to a two-year study funded by the government.
So..?
Children from low-income families and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) households are markedly less likely than white children and those from higher income households to frequently visit urban or rural wild places, according to the survey conducted by Natural England.
Oh. I guess I know where this is going.
“There’s a lack of role models,” said broadcaster and ‘urban birder’ David Lindo. “In the last 10 years I’ve seen a slight increase in black birdwatchers but still nowhere near as much as there should be. “
I didn’t even realise there was an optimum number, much less that society should be striving for it. Is there one for every other hobby and pastime..?

I mean, can I expect to see demands for more ethnic minority trainspotters and windsurfers soon?
Natalie Johnson of the Wild Network, a non-for-profit organisation, said: “The problems are fear, space, tech and time, and they vary massively across the country. In the countryside, the biggest barrier is busy country roads. Inner city kids have genuine gang problems. “In middle class suburbia, it’s the parents – how do you tell parents that the time children play freely outside is as important as their French lesson, their ballet lesson and their Mandarin lesson?”
Well, maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t. Maybe those other things are actually important to their future life in a way that’s not true of walking around a country park.

I’m sure if there was a government-sponsored not-for-profit organisation promoting Camembert appreciation, tutu-wearing or noodles, they’d be demanding that these classes were a lot more important…
Findlay Wilde, a 13-year-old wildlife blogger, said too many parents stopped taking children into the natural world when they entered secondary school, which also failed to make the environment a core subject. “Once children hit high school they become more independent and might think being interested in the natural world is uncool,” he said. “If they can, parents need to keep their connection with their children and continue to take them outdoors.” Wilde also called for conservation groups to combine with secondary schools and send thousands of volunteers into the schools to help support teachers and pupils in exploring and enjoying natural environments.
He’s 13 years old, and we should listen to him because..?
A US study last year revealed that environmental groups do a worse job than business and sports in promoting minorities and women. British conservationists said they were acutely aware of the lack of non-white people among their organisations and members. “It’s recognised, it’s not hidden under the carpet anymore,” said Welch. Lindo said he did not blame conservation charities for the lack of black and ethnic minority visits to natural environments but said there was a need for more minority role models on wildlife TV. When he led school trips, Lindo said he saw black and ethnic minority children suddenly respond to wildlife: “Once they see someone else of their ethnicity they think, ‘oh, it’s okay now’” .
I would venture to suggest that if you have a ‘community’ that won’t attempt something until they’ve seen others like them doing it, you have a much, much bigger problem than whether they occasionally tiptoe through the tulips or gambol in the meadows….

11 comments:

DCBain said...

I thought the Black Watch were a fine Scottish regiment. Turns out that it's a new BBC positively-discriminating ethnic wildlife programme.

Ted Treen said...

There are many SJWs I would like to send to the fields.

The minefields.

Curmudgeon said...

How many black trainspotters are there?

Lord T said...

Here is something I thought about while reading this.

What percentage of volunteers for charities etc. are minorities, excluding age related?

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

Non-white? Is that what they'll be calling blackbirds in future?

Greencoat said...

'David Lindo: “In the last 10 years I’ve seen a slight increase in black birdwatchers..."

But what about all the other kinds of birds?

Andrew Scarborough said...

The Black Watch, wasn't that D9013 Celtic locomotive? Really exciting engines, the Celtics, massive looking, gorgeous noise when pulling out.

Andrew Scarborough said...

Why does the Celtic fringe stop me from typing Deltic? Oh well, I hope you got my drift.

Woman on a Raft said...

Further to Lord T

Here is a pic from the aftermath of the riots in Clarence Road. It shows a band of citizens clearing up the mess. Bearing in mind the ethnic composition of Hackney, one may wish to draw conclusions based on a head count according to skin shade.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eduardo_inflames/6025113047

Anonymous said...

Bunny

I was going to add some amusing quip based up Mr Scarborough's comments working in Pinza but stopped myself.

JuliaM said...

"I thought the Black Watch were a fine Scottish regiment. Turns out that it's a new BBC positively-discriminating ethnic wildlife programme."

LOL!

"How many black trainspotters are there?"

No doubt someone will be along to say 'Not enough!'...

"Bearing in mind the ethnic composition of Hackney, one may wish to draw conclusions based on a head count according to skin shade."

Spot on!

"I was going to add some amusing quip based up Mr Scarborough's comments working in Pinza but stopped myself."

:D