Tomorrow, Friday 3 March, is World Wildlife Day, so we thought we’d get a day ahead with some ideas, places and ways to get involved…
The world has lost over half of its wildlife in 40 years. Habitat loss, over-exploitation, poaching and illicit trafficking are the main threats. People are the cause of this serious threat to wildlife and people must be the solution. The youth of today (that’s anyone under 30) can make a change and are already making positive impacts.
This year World Wildlife Day’s aim is to focus the world’s attention on the fact that the fate of the world’s wildlife will soon be in the hands of the next generation and that we must listen to the #YoungVoices in this video:
WWD2017 will be a day to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants, to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife provides to people, and raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, in particular, the role of young people in this cause. It is a day when everyone, but especially young people, are encouraged to #DoOneThingToday for wildlife:
Here are 13 things you can do today and for the rest of your life…
1. Engage with celebrities, athletes, politicians, businesses on social media networks (see no. 12 below) and let them know how you feel about the threat to wildlife.
2. Organise a talk, presentation or discussion at your local school or university on wildlife conservation. See what’s going on all over the world on the WWD2017 event map
3. Take the World Wildlife Day to the street, and raise awareness about wildlife protection and engage with people through role plays, billboards and street parades. Link up with other expats in your area through your local Angloinfo ‘Discussion’ pages.
4. Collect signatures for a “say ‘no’ to illegal wildlife products” campaign.
5. Host a wildlife exhibition: a display of photos, sculptures or artwork.
6. Set a Goal: Live your daily life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife and their habitats.
7. Mobilise: Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.
8. Visit: Aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves. Research holiday destinations and countries that work hard to protect wildlife and habitats.
9. Consume Responsibly: By not purchasing products made from illegally sourced protected wildlife or their parts and products, you can stop wildlife trafficking from being a profitable enterprise. More information can be found through your national or local wildlife authorities or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or Wild fauna and Flora (CITES).
10. Volunteer: We can’t always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos have volunteer programmes. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat. Check out your local Angloinfo How-To pages to find out about volunteering opportunities.
11. Stay informed: Learn more about our planet’s flora and fauna, including those that are in danger of extinction. Research ways that you or your community can conserve and protect wildlife. Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.
12. Speak up: Share your knowledge, passion and questions about wildlife conservation with your friends, family and community – either in person or online: #WorldWildlifeDay, #DoOneThingToday, #youth4wildlife #WWD2017, #EndWildlifeTrafficking and the main Twitter handles: @Wildlifeday, @CITES
13. Reach out: Inform authorities if you have information on illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trafficking; whistle-blowers play a critical role in detecting wildlife crimes and holding criminal smugglers accountable.