Visions from nature

NTNU University Museum at World Environmental Day

By Sam Perrin

On the 7th of June, to belatedly celebrate World Environmental Day, the NTNU University Museum took part in Trondheim’s festivities to show hundreds of young future scientists how important biodiversity is for our planet.

Anders helps some of tomorrow’s researchers (Photo credit: Vanessa Bieker, NTNU University Museum, CC BY-SA 4.0.)

World Environmental Day has been held in early June since 1972, and to mark the day, Anders Kolstad and Malene Nygard were down at Iladalen, where a plethora of groups and organisations had gathered to raise environmental awareness. They were greeted by around 1,000 Norwegian and international kindergarteners from across Trondheim.

This year’s theme was ‘Connecting Humans With Nature’, and to help show the kids how important it is to maintain healthy ecosystems, Anders and Malene helped them colour in 5 different vulnerable species, the White-Backed Woodpecker, the Rose Fish, the Keisersmeller beetle, the Mountain Arnica and the wolf. They then glued these to a black and white canvas to help illustrate the colour that biodiversity brings to the world around us.

We hope that our young friends in kindergarten enjoyed the day, and have an idea of how important it is to keep our planet clean and pollution-free.

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