Crowdfunding campaign raises funds to enable Portuguese children to learn about next door nature
By Elodie Cantaloube, Tue, 13/05/2014 - 15:20
A crowdfunding campaign by SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) will run until the 20th of May to raise funds to re-connect children with their natural environment through the project "Birds of the Alentejo".
This environmental education project aims to show the importance of wildlife to children from the Portuguese region of Alentejo, with a specific focus on wild birds. The importance of birds as part of their ecosystem will be explained, as well as the challenges caused by intensive agriculture – such as habitat destruction, habitat degradation and their effect on nature conservation.
Supported by Fundação +, the crowdfunding initiative set itself the objective to raise € 4,000 by May 20th. This budget will allow SPEA to visit up to 50 schools and engage with about 1000 students. You can help us reach this amount by making a donation.
According to Carlos Cruz, the ambassador and teacher of this project "What we want to transmit is that it is possible to reconcile agriculture and rural development with nature conservation. These children are our ambassadors and will engage their parents by explaining to them the importance of preventing the extinction of species and preserving our natural heritage.”
The final amount raised will determine the number of schools that will be visited. Actions have already been undertaken in some schools in the municipality of Évora (Alentejo, Portugal).