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CASS Project for Panda

2015-08-19 10:58:30   By  Luo Peng    Reads(709)

When we work on the development of a city or village, we should also consider the natural living environment for the animals. It shouldn't be that we just think of giving them food and lodging inside a house. Well, yes, living better is more than just having a place to stay and having enough food to eat. Free life and exerting innate habits are also needed for all the animals.

Can Giant Pandas really return to wild? What can we do to help them toughen up, completely shake off dependence on humans and integrate into a wild population? These are still questions for scientists, and for we every single human being. But can we really participate in those important amazing work as a traveler? What have been done? And how we can spread positive impact?

Those are what we hope young people to learn, to think about, to participate, and to take action.

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Julia visiting the Yi family, by Luo Peng

CASS is for Creativity, Action, Service, Self-development. It involves young people in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout our customised project. This is what we are trying best to help with IB students.

Creativity encourages students to engage in the creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students' personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Highlights/ issues to think:

WHY and HOW

Big historic events about Giant Panda;
Why Giant Panda conservation is important?
What are the two main parts of conservation work on Giant Panda?
How do you think about Panda diplomacy?

Background information: WHY Ya'an Training and work according to the centre's project
How do you think about the volunteering project at the center?
Why and how do scientists study panda's behaviours?
How is panda's living habitat?
Discover the problems of public education
What do you think the Public should know about Giant Panda?

How volunteers can help with public education
What do you think we should and can do on public education?
What do you learn about the captive-bred pandas?
Background information: WHY send bred-pandas back to the wild
Sustainability: Balance between development and environmental conservation
Why send bred-panda back to wild?
Why Liziping?
What do scientists do to track the released pandas?
Are there any specific technologies or methods of research?
What other work scientists are doing on pandas in the field?
Why protecting the habitat is very important?
What difficulties do you think scientists encountered? How did they solve the problems?

WHY local participation? WHAT is COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION?
What do you think volunteers can help with scientists?
How do you think about community participation?
How do you think local culture can be integrated with conservation and environmental education?
What do you think you yourself can be involved in the Giant Panda conservation even you will not directly participate in future?
What do you think public participation can help?
How do you think history and traditional culture can help with environmental education?

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Challenging yourself in the mountain, by Luo Peng
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Enjoying the best time in the nature reserve, by Luo Peng
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Sending your present to local Yi children and learning about their traditional culture as well as their living, by Luo Peng
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Volunteering for captive-bred pandas at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base, by Luo Peng

Read what Julia said about her experiences at EcoAction Blog