Young Geographers learn about deforestation

The Young Geographers Club at St George's Junior School welcomed a very special guest to The Rainbow Room on Thursday 2 November, to discuss deforestation and the effects this is having on the worlds' forests.

In the first of a new series of talks run by the Young Geographers Club, the Junior School invited special guest speaker Paul Baker to come and discuss deforestation. Mr Baker is a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has seen deforestation first hand in a number of tropical forests in Borneo and across the world.

Mr Baker started his presentation by giving some shocking statistics about the plight of forests across the world and how much forest has been destroyed over the past 20 years or so. He explained the reasons behind deforestation and also the effect this is having on animals and humans who make their homes in these forests. The Chartered Geographer then showed the excited audience some photos that he had taken on his trips to Borneo, including some close up shots of exotic animals and plants whose homes are being destroyed.

The event was attended by pupils from St George's, pupils from St James C of E Primary School and also to parents, with all of them agreeing that the talk was extremely informative and really highlighted the seriousness of the deforestation issue and the effects it is having throughout the world.

The next talk in this special series is on 'Climate Change' and will take place on January 18 2018. The Young Geographers Club encourages pupils and parents to attend to learn more about these important issues.

10 November 2017

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