Dear Rewilding Britain: a letter of hope from a teacher

A science teacher writes to tell us about his students’ enthusiastic response to rewilding

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Dear Rewilding Britain,

I am a beyond passionate supporter and advocate of rewilding.

I also happen to be a conservationist turned teacher (head of science). It has been my aim to get the rewilding message across to the students.

Today I ran successive lessons for 156 year 10 students on the topic of rewilding Britain. I would like to say that this is the best lesson I have ever done and I do not say this lightly as I am regularly graded outstanding and am highly self critical.

I put my heart and soul into this session and I was humbled by the response rewilding received. The lesson culminates in one survey question Would a rewilded Britain be a better place to live?’

All 156 students voted yes’. I was stunned.

Beyond this, at least one student in each of the six sessions had tears in their eyes at the end. I asked if they were okay and they replied: Yes’. They were just so amazed and inspired by what the future could be like.

I have never experienced anything like this. It was truly humbling for me as I really put my heart on the line. Such unanimous positive response is unheard of. Furthermore, 28 students actively remained behind to ask questions and find out where they could go for more information.

I just wanted to let you know that at one high school in Ipswich, 156 seeds of hope and support were sown.

I hope you take heart from this. I did. What you are hoping to achieve is amazing. If you ever need someone to reach out to schools in this way then consider me available (free of charge).

Today was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best day’s teaching in my career. I would happily run that session day in day out across the land. Thank you. Keep up the fight!

Yours sincerely

An inspired teacher

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