#NatureForAll: IUCN celebrates nature worldwide through an inspiring new video and innovative card game
IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), through the #NatureForAll global movement, are celebrating nature and drawing attention to the importance of biodiversity worldwide, with an inspiring new video and an exciting card game on conservation.
Photo: #NatureForAll / IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Photo: World Commission on Protected Areas
Through beautiful images of species and landscapes, the Love #NatureForAll video reaches out to audiences worldwide with a positive message - “we can choose a new path.” Translated into more than 30 languages by CEC volunteers, and launched on the occasion of the 100th meeting of the IUCN Council, Love #NatureForAll is the third in a series of videos aimed at motivating people to connect with nature.
Sean Southey, Chair of the CEC, released the video, saying, “It is a love letter to all of us for and about our planet. With this video, we are choosing a new path to nature conservation, one guided by love and inspired by nature.”
Nancy Colleton, who produced the video on behalf of CEC and serves as President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Arlington, Virginia, USA) added, “Even in these times of pandemics, wildfires, and climate change, nature not only protects us but gives us optimism and strength. This is a reminder of the importance of biodiversity.”
In addition, the #NatureForAll Trivia Game is being released in celebration of WCPA’s 60th Anniversary. Kathy MacKinnon, Chair of the WCPA, reflected on the launch, saying, “I cannot think of a better way to mark WCPA’s 60th Anniversary than to educate people worldwide about parks and protected areas.”
The #NatureForAll Trivia Game is comprised of 77 cards from seven different categories, including general information, biodiversity, geography, conservation heroes, science and technology, current events, and social science. Available in English, French, and Spanish, the game is intended for all audiences and can be played most anywhere. An electronic version will be also available in the near future thanks to the generosity of Parks Canada.
The dual launch of the Love #NatureForAll video and #NatureForAll Trivia Game also serves as an important catalyst for upcoming One Nature One Future Global Youth Summit, which will be conducted virtually and in-person as part of the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress.
The Global Youth Summit will celebrate the efforts and leadership of young conservationists, strengthen connections between young leaders and their existing global networks, encourage interdisciplinary learning, provide a space for broader storytelling on conservation, and add further momentum to the growing youth movements for nature and climate.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources, and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations, and the input of more than 17,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
#NatureForAll is a global campaign to inspire love of nature, now comprising more than 450 partners from around 70 countries. At its core is a very simple idea: the more people experience and share their love of nature, the more support and action there will be for its conservation.
The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) aims to strengthen the work of the Union through creative, innovative, and effective communication and education, ultimately influencing social and behavioural change for conservation and sustainability.
WCPA is the premier network of 2500 experts from 140 countries that mobilises action in science, conservation, policy, and engagement to support well managed and connected parks and other protected areas.
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), of Arlington, Virginia, USA, created the content for the video and card game. IGES promotes better understanding of the planet through science, observations, and education.