Stark images show Winnie The Pooh’s beloved Hundred Acre Wood – with no trees
These bleak illustrations show Winnie The Pooh's beloved home, Hundred Acre Wood, as you have never seen it before – completely stripped of trees.
Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin, and Owl have been left looking bereft in the new images, as the towering trees they once occupied and played in have been chopped down to nothing but stumps.
The drawings feature in an updated edition of A.A Milne's beloved children's story, dubbed Winnie-The-Pooh: The Deforested Edition – highlighting the global impact of deforestation, and the alarming rate at which trees are being chopped down across the globe.
It comes as research of 1,000 six-11-year-olds, and their parents, found that 22% of youngsters, and over half of adults, don't fully understand what deforestation is, and the impact it has on the planet.
Nearly all of the mums and dads polled (96%) feel it is important to teach their little ones about environmental issues – with 53% saying their kids are raising concerns over such topics.
However, 86% admit they are often, or sometimes, left unsure how to address these concerns, or answer any environmental questions their children may have.
And 38% of parents admit they didn't even realise toilet roll can be made from trees – despite the fact that over one million trees are cut down globally, each day, to provide the world with loo paper.
The research was commissioned by eco toilet paper brand, Who Gives A Crap, whose founder, Simon Griffiths, said: “Our research shows that deforestation is largely misunderstood, despite both parents and their children wanting to do better.
“It’s clear that parents want to know more about the issue to ensure they can help educate our children about deforestation and other environmental problems.
“Whilst a hard topic to highlight, we hope that “deforesting” Winnie-the-Pooh’s iconic, imaginary environment, to represent the impact of land cleared every day to make traditional toilet paper, will put the issue of deforestation in the spotlight, and help families, and beyond, understand how this impacts our trees and forests.”
The study also found that four in ten parents polled believe there should be an onus on teachers to help inform younger generations on climate change.
Many of the kids surveyed were under the impression that animals get moved elsewhere (15%), or find new homes (12%), when the vegetation they reside in is removed. However, this is rarely the case, with wildlife and habitats becoming fragmented as a result of deforestation.
As many as 93% of the children surveyed have worries about environmental issues going on around the world, with their top concerns including the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean (62%), species extinction (55%), and climate change (57%).
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of children would like to learn more about deforestation and what it means, and 85% wish they could do more to help save trees from being cut down.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found 78% of parents said the same, and would like to do more to prevent deforestation.
Winnie-The-Pooh: The Deforested Edition is available for purchase in the United States via Who Gives a Crap.
Simon Griffiths added: “By bringing the issue of deforestation to the fore for everyone, we hope to raise the awareness needed to help make sustainable choices, and advocate for the protection of these vital ecosystems.
“We need to empower our youth to be the change-makers of tomorrow, standing as vigilant guardians of our forests and champions of a greener, more sustainable future for all.”
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