What quote by Sir David Attenborough is Nature’s Racers based around?
“No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”
What 3 actions do Nature’s Racers take with this quote in mind?
Experience, Care, Protect
What is the Nature’s Racers website URL / link?
Why are we ‘racers’ ?
Because we’re racing to make a difference.
Where on the website can you find web cams showing animals and weather from around the world (and out of the world)?
On the special SEASONS page where we’ve been tracking weather station progress, and sharing your seasonal/winter themed artwork, etc
What does the Albert Einstein quote "The only source of knowledge is experience" mean?
We learn best through doing, and it’s hard to be confident we ‘know’ something if we rely on others to tell us it.
As Nature’s Racers I want us to observe and think. Please always challenge me if you think anything I’m saying isn’t true or doesn’t sound right.
Name one thing this week you’ve seen or noticed in nature.
DW> More snowdrops at Cherrington lake than usual.
DW> Birds in our garden are more often in pairs than alone.
DW> Crows nesting in our trees at home.
DW> Squirrel building a nest.
DW> Wasps emerging.
Name one natural thing this week you’ve cared about.
DW> The turtles affected by the snow in Texas.
DW> 3mile wide bush fire on Dartmoor.
Name one thing this week you’ve done to protect nature.
DW> Met with local school at football team to broaden NR weather station project.
DW> Supported NR eco-club members.
DW> Shared photos of local nature with community in an attempt to encourage more people to appreciate what needs protecting.
DW> Encouraged local youngster who has been diligently collecting litter.
DW> Worked on natural history VR project to help hospitalised patients and people in care homes.
DW> Started growing vegetables at home to help reduce my carbon footprint and food miles.
What does Anthropocene mean?
The period of history we’re now entering where humans have altered, and continue to have the most significant impact on, planet Earth.
What does ‘Leave no footprints’ mean? And why is it important?
As we experience nature, and encourage others to do the same, it is really REALLY important we don’t have a negative impact on it.
Think of it as spotting something special in nature that’s hard to see/reach - eg, a birds nest, or turtles on a beach. If we take extra steps to have that experience, we need to make sure we’re not treading on anything, or breaking any branches, etc. Once we’re gone nothing should have changed - nothing broken, no litter left behind, and nothing should change it’s behaviour because we were there.
Name 4 corvids and how to tell them apart.
Who or what is COP26?
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021.
All countries will submit their long-term goals to address the global climate emergency.
Here’s a reminder from Sir David Attenborough why that’s so important -
I recommend putting this most important event for many years firmly on your radar, it will start to be mentioned on the news more and more -
What’s the difference between weather and climate?
Weather is what you see outside on any particular day.
So, for example, it may be 75° degrees and sunny or it could be 20° degrees with heavy snow.
That’s the weather.
Climate is the average of that weather over time.
For example, you can expect snow in the Northeast in January or for it to be hot and humid in the Southeast in July.
This is climate.
As we’ve observed in our recent look at winter and the changing seasons, animals behave in different ways and are massively influenced by how hot/cold, wet/dry etc their environment is.
If it’s cold on one day, birds might be less active so they can preserve energy. Based on what’s typical for each season birds may also migrate, and animals (like the Mountain Hare) may even change colour. The weather and climate is critical to animals and everything in nature is inter-connected and reliant on one another.
What is climate change?
As above, Weather refers to atmospheric conditions, such as rain or snow, happening in a place at a specific moment in time.
Climate is how much, on average, a type of weather will occur over a longer period.
Evidence has shown that Earth’s temperature is rising due to an increase in greenhouse gases (pollution).
This has created and will continue to create, a number of negative effects.
The weather has become less predictable and generally warmer.
What is the green-house effect?
When certain gases cause energy from the sun to be trapped within the earth’s atmosphere making it warm up, in much the same way sun rays pass through the glass on a greenhouse to warm up the air inside.
Name a greenhouse gas.
Carbon Dioxide, Methane and water vapour are the 3 main greenhouse gases.
Is there more methane or carbon dioxide?
Which greenhouse gas has the strongest / biggest impact on warming the planet?
Methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Cows mostly release methane through belching. Some is also released when they fart.
60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock, mostly cows and pigs (36% are human and just 4% are wild animals).
Worldwide, there are about 1.5 billion cows - each releasing about 100kg of methane every year.
Eating beef and dairy has a significant impact on climate change.
What is biomimicry?
Using principals observed in nature when we design and make new things - eg. look at how a bird’s wing is shaped so we can design better wind turbine blades.
What is biophilia?
A love of, and connection with nature.
Why is bio-diversity so important?
Biodiversity is simply how many different types of life (animals, plants, micro-organisms) that exist.
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms that interact (everything is connected and dependent on one another).
Eco-systems with higher biodiversity are more stable as they can easily adjust to changes.
Climate change is placing additional pressure on eco-systems.
The Anthropocene and the way humans live and consume the planet is reducing habitat.
Habitat loss and climate change are dramatically increasing the rate at which species are going extinct.
As species go extinct, biodiversity is reduced.