Appendix: Sample letter to parents

Dear parents and guardians,

During the next (insert number) weeks, we will explore the relationship between biodiversity and agriculture. We will focus on the importance of biodiversity – or the variety of life on Earth – to our lives, in particular to the food we eat and to farming. We will investigate food webs, farming impacts on biodiversity, origins of different foods and various farming methods around the world. I encourage you to ask your child about what he or she is learning about biodiversity, and to share with them whatever experiences you have on these themes.

This unit will consist of conducting research, growing a school garden, participating in a field trip to a local farm, writing, developing oral and poster presentations, tracking food consumption and creating personal reflections. We will host a final wrap-up celebration showcasing the students’ projects on (insert date) at (insert time) . We hope you can attend.

If you are available to assist with any of the activities, please contact me at (insert phone number and/or email address) .

For more information about this unit visit (cbd.int/ibd/2008/youth/) and about biodiversity in general, please visit the Convention on Biological Diversity website (cbd.int).

Sincerely,

(insert your name)

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme