My name is Margarita, and I'm from Chile. I'm studying to become an English teacher in my country, and I'm currently taking an Environmental Literacy course. Throughout the semester, we have been working on an eco-journal, which has given me the chance to reflect on my first meaningful experiences with environmental topics. It would be great if we all could share our experiences because maybe we can use some of these ideas in our classroom now as teachers instead of students. So, here goes mine:
I was 12 years old when my school won a project about apiculture. It taught both children and parents about beekeeping, their biology, and how they live within their hives. At that age, I feared bees since they had stung me a couple of times, but this school activity changed everything by showing me the importance of bees and teaching me about their true nature. Since then, I began moving slowly every time a bee was close to avoid jeopardising its life and observed them while pollinating flowers. Even nowadays, I keep flowers in my front yard for them and even leave a little plate with water and sugar.
I am looking forward to hearing about your early experiences!