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Eco Dudes Campaign for a Better World at Dulwich Shanghai

February, 2013
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For a group of environmentally conscious junior school students at Dulwich College Shanghai, the co-curricular Eco Dudes club has given them the opportunity to mount a campaign to raise awareness of practices affecting some of Asia’s most endangered wildlife.

With the guidance of teacher Pia Kanaan the students have taken matters into their own hands and made crafts and developed fundraising projects in order help stop cruel practices affecting Moon Bears and other rare creatures. They call their endeavors: ‘Children Run’.

dcs-eco-dudesIn 2013 the students have pledged to do all they can for the plight of the Moon Bears who are trapped in tiny cages, far too small to even turn around, and kept alive in miserable conditions for the extraction of bile, a huge and prosperous trade for Traditional Chinese Medicine. The students have researched that, in fact, other herbs are also available to replace the bile that is often used in medicine, as well as shampoos and toothpaste.

The Eco Dudes have supported the charity Animalsasia by designing mugs and wrapping paper to raise funds and contribute to stopping this cruel practice. The students have also written to the Vietnamese government to try and prevent the closure of a bear sanctuary that works to protect the animals.

The students are also acting against the importation of live, wild animals into China for the restaurant trade and have highlighted the plight of the rare Pangolin (anteater) by making their own paper mache anteaters and displaying them in the college’s reception to attract attention.

The Eco Dudes club is now making a heartfelt appeal for more people to get involved by contacting them directly at DCS for more information or by supporting www.savepangolins.org or www.animalasia.org


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