The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation
THE LAWRENCE ANTHONY EARTH ORGANISATION MULTIMEDIA YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM OVERVIEWS EARTH MATTERS, LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
“Our natural sciences project brings an interactive audio-visual teaching methodology to South Africa’s youth. The stimulating project seeks to inform the youth on vital earth matters which are influencing the collective environmental consciousness. The project encourages the understanding of human impacts and the levels of interdependency from all beings within ecosystems. The Earth, Water Planet’s project empowers young students with the knowledge of how significant their choices are in their ability to build a brighter, sustainable future of the preservation of natural resources and all life on the planet.”
The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to reversing the dwindling spiral of plant and animal kingdoms and the environment through education and action (www.earthorganization.org/our-organization) It is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, issue-oriented organisation which seeks to reverse the dwindling spiral of life on our planet through education and action.
Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation’s members come from all walks of life; from all cultures, races and religious backgrounds, united in a common cause.
The Organisation currently has 16 chapters, located throughout the world, namely the African, North American and European Continents, with new chapters being established all the time. Each chapter identifies local needs and is involved in local projects such as addressing pollution and water issues, reforestation, introducing effective technologies and resolving environmental situations. Additionally, it engages in environmental and conservation education.
The Organisation was founded in 2003 by internationally acclaimed, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Anthony), who was a writer, conservationist. He was well known for his remarkable 5½-month rescue initiative of the animals and staff in the Baghdad Zoo, early in the Iraqi War He was known as the “Elephant Whisperer” due to his unique ability to communicate with Elephants.
As a result of his experiences in Baghdad, as well as a searching look at the down-trending statistics of the natural world on the planet, Lawrence decided to found a unique, independent, science-based environmental organisation dedicated to bringing effective, long-term solutions to the global problems we all face.
The key focus of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation Project entitled as “EARTH, The Water Planet”, is to envision a long-term answer to local environmental problems by addressing the environmental threats we impose on the Earth and it natural resources as well as how these impacts disrupt, and create imbalances which endanger the health of our vital ecosystems.
The Project use multimedia as a resource to teach the youth environmental education. It aims to achieve this by means of a specifically designed interactive audio-visual educational protocol for this Natural Science Project, which informs and builds the capacity for the South African youth’s understanding, awareness and responsibility toward the natural environment. The long-term benefits of the project will be to inform the decisions regarding themselves and the use of Earth’s resources
The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization Project research management has identified that through South Africa’s history of inequality, socio-economic development is still undergoing significant changes. One key area is the current difficulties in the educational system. As a result of these difficulties, we face common problems experienced by countries with brittle educational systems. International research studies have indicated that 85% of juveniles who end up in the court system become criminals, at least 60% percent are illiterate. (NDTAC., 2010).
Poor conditions for human survival, criminality, and lack of skills are rising parallels in the shaping of behavioural conditions. Countries where the chances for juvenile education are slim are prone to higher criminal indexes which add to the disregard of human responsibility towards the environment, as part of the educational view point on how humanity impacts on Earth. A holistic approach on the issue is advised to be apportioned into South Africa’s socio -political planning in order to address this very real challenge to our developing future leaders.
The EARTH, THE WATER PLANET Project aims to broaden insight about life, by offering students an overview on the principles of Earth’s functioning based in the information abstracted from scientific research in the fields of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Biology and Nature Conservation. The Project concept is to give students the possibility of a deeper insight into Earth matters and to further motivate a subtle level of knowledge, which can contribute to the building of human awareness through future generations. This change is possible, and shall take place through a gradual process of a long-term exposure to appropriate teachings.
The teachings from the Curriculum Module are delivered in an interactive, attractive, colourful and straightforward media technique. The teaching technique protocol uses an easy-going animated media supported by the audio-visual method. This Teaching technique promotes the capacity for concentration which results in improved learning. As a matter of fact the audio-visual methods may also benefit students with learning difficulties.
This Project is free of gender, race, political and religious beliefs. Its core principle is to help the planet by creating a greater depth on environmental awareness and encouraging students to obtain a closer understanding of Earth’s phenomena and its history, and matters regarding the flora and fauna within the diversity of ecosystems.
Produce a multidisciplinary environmental educational curriculum which is composed by Science Modules in order to gather the major components to educate students in the disadvantaged school sector. Provide a DVD report with regard to the activities and project application “in situ ” for distribution amongst the stakeholders. Specific modelling of the project which is adapted for the training of members from the LAEO and associated Organizations. Plan and implement the expansion environmental education on a National scale.
The University of London, Department of War Studies at the King's College collaborates with the Anthony Lawrence Earth Organization in Johannesburg, developing environmental awareness in South Africa. There is common understanding between this institution and the Johannesburg LAEO Chapter about the urgency to inform the South African public of environmental issues, in addition to the fostering of attitudes regarding how conflicts and war produce negative impacts directly influencing our planet.
- Professor Michael Rainsborough
- Strategic Theory Deputy Head of Department (Education)University of London
- BSc Econ (Hons) (Wales), MA, PhD (London) FRSA, FHEA, FRHistS, FRGS
- Department of War Studies King's College, United Kingdom