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Dedicated to Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913)


In “The World of Life” Alfred Russel Wallace wrote:

“To pollute a spring or a river, to exterminate a bird or beast, should be treated as moral offences and as social crimes; … Yet during the past century, which has seen those great advances in the knowledge of Nature of which we are so proud, there has been no corresponding development of a love or reverence for her works; so that never before has there been such widespread ravage of the earth’s surface by destruction of native vegetation and with it of much animal life, and such wholesale defacement of the earth by mineral workings and by pouring into our streams and rivers the refuse of manufactories and of cities; and this has been done by all the greatest nations claiming the first place for civilisation and religion!



Wallace foretold today’s situation, in which unique animals face extinction. He wrote that we have it within our power to save these creatures, and not let them, as he put it, “perish irrecoverably from the face of the earth, uncared for and unknown.

School Talkabout on Water Pollution

School Talkabouts focus on class and individual awareness of subjects. They need one facilitator, one subject, a speaking space and a lively communication approach.  All you need to suppy is the location and the group.

During a School Talkabout, many communication skills may surface from mime to drawing, speech to gesture.

In preparation, have some photographs, notes, links, books, articles and any other useful items that may come in handy to prompt thoughts and discussion.

The aim of a School Talkabout is to reveal the cross-subject awareness of your pupils  and to promote each class member to enjoy matching their wider understandings with the subject of the talkabout.

When discussing environmental topics like water, earth, air and outer space, it is useful to use the outdoor as a speaking space during a walkabout.

As you pick the subject your class is to discuss, contact us about your specific needs.