City dwellers put an enormous amount of pressure on natural resources. Demand for products like wood and charcoal is highest in the cities, and this market is the biggest contributor to deforestation and loss of habitat in Malawi. What’s more as cities expand more wild lands are lost and the remaining wildlife can come into conflict with humans. Urban biodiversity is also important for human wellbeing, supporting ecosystem services like air and water quality.
LEEP (Lilongwe Environmental Education Programme)
LWT’s Lilongwe Environmental Education Project (LEEP) aims to inspire the next generation of city dwellers to value wildlife and their shared environment and make more sustainable lifestyle choices. Our team and international volunteers currently work with over 340 urban schools and their teachers to facilitate the delivery of environmental education in the classroom.
Our lessons are based around a set of seven modules that we have developed in line with the national curriculum, and cover:
- Wildlife Welfare & Conservation
- Waste Management
- Wildlife Crime
- Human-Wildlife Conflict
- Climate Change
We bring the topics to life by linking them to our projects where we can. For example, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a perfect excursion for learning about wildlife and biodiversity and our fuel briquette, eco-stove and tree planting initiatives help to show how individuals can reduce their contribution to deforestation.
We also facilitate Wildlife Clubs that promote activities like tree planting, wildlife presentations in school, and creative writing about environmental issues, and we engage our network in events like World Environment Day, World Wildlife Day and the Wildlife Quiz Championships.