EVEN with the best will in the world, the environment can be a hard subject to teach children about.
Being green might be one of the most important lessons they'll ever learn - but it can also be one of the driest.
Innovative schemes across the Tees Valley are bringing home the global climate change message to inner-town youngsters in a fun way.
Tees Valley Arts officer, Joe Dunne, believes it's all about the delivery.
"We've found that learning about the environment can be more enthusing and enjoyable if it's combined with art," he said.
"Some of the children don't have much access to natural, open spaces. But wildlife can be found anywhere, in your back yard or under a rock.
"It's hoped the children will open their eyes and start looking for mini-beasts and urban wildlife in their own environment.
"Instilling that knowledge at an early age is very important because you get an awareness of environmental issues and conservation of wildlife. They're more likely to treat animals with respect, and help protect them which improves biodiversity. It's about broadening knowledge for lots of different communities."
The Environment Agency approached Tees Valley Arts to help them gain an insight into children from towns, particularly those from black and ethnic minorities, and how much they knew about green and open spaces. One of the latest projects involved a visit to Abingdon Primary School in Middlesbrough, one of the town's most culturally diverse schools with more than 30 different ethnicities. The children designed wildlife posters for an eco competition.
Tees Valley Arts has also received pounds 7,650 from the eaga Community Fund to work with Surestart, targeting the 0-5 years age group and their parents about key environmental issues.
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