VIDEO. Climate generation: Overseas children are committed to the environment

The planet’s biodiversity is in danger and the overseas territories are not spared. In New Caledonia, students from a school in Yaté discover the mangroves. In Reunion, a college class is interested in petrels, an endemic bird species on the verge of extinction.

In Isadora Takitoa’s class in New Caledonia, fourteen children from CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2 study mangroves. The children live by the water, and this educational project, initiated by the school principal and the teacher, is a way to make them aware of nature. and conservation of the environment.

Mangroves are found by the sea and they grow thanks to the salt water of the sea.

It is the water that turns into forest.

A student

Generation Climate – New Caledonia: discover the mangroves

Isadora Takitoa explains that it is the school’s role to make them aware, to inform them about the environment. In the Pacific Islands, children live with nature around them. They live with the trees. Fabienne Bourdeau accompanies them during the project throughout the year. She is a mangrove expert.

The mangroves explained by the experts

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Fabienne Bourdeau works at the New Caledonia Environmental Initiation Center. She is passionate about the mangroves and walks almost once a week to walk in the middle of the mangroves. Together with Isadora Takitoa, she will accompany the children in their education project.

Explore the mangroves

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The kids go to study the mangroves. With their teacher and expert, they go first make custom and use to ask to the authority of the chief of the tribe to come and go by the sea.

The mangroves told toddlers

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Back in school, students in Isadora Takitoa’s class reunite with their youngest classmates in kindergarten. The children in cycle 2 and 3 class will present the work they have done around the mangrove.

Mangroves threatened by climate change

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Back by the sea, accompanied by Philippe Blaise, an elected official from New Caledonia, the children plant a red mangrove tree.

Why are stormtroopers in danger?

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Wilfried Eloy is an SVT teacher at the Plateau Goyaves College in Saint-Louis de La Réunion. He regularly creates educational projects, especially around the theme of environment. This year with one of his classes, he chose to study petrels.

The Great Whale is an endemic bird on Réunion Island. It is only present on this island. This bird, which disappeared then was found again, is threatened by numerous predators, dogs, cats, rats and also light pollution.

Considered extinct, the Bourbon black whale was rediscovered thanks to the association’s project Life +. It is important to save them because it is part of the biodiversity on Reunion Island.

By studying petrels, children become aware that Reunion is an extraordinary area.

The Petrel guards meet them at Etang du Gol

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The Petrel passers leave for the Gol dam on the edge of the sea. This place is on the trail of storm swallows returning to their nests in Hauts de Cilaos. A privileged place to observe them.

The adventure continues in Hauts de l’île

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The Petrel holders go to the Cirque de Cilaos. At this unusual place on the island of Reunion, very high up, they will try to find petrel nests and understand why. light pollution is a real threat to these birds.

Storm birds threatened by light pollution

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In Cilaos, the petroleum owners meet many volunteers who are trying to save the birds. Operation “Nights without Light”, a month without public lighting, is one of the measures taken to combat light pollution and preserve Reunion’s biodiversity.

Manager: Elsa Grangier
Producer: Clarity production
Production year: 2020

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