Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

World Wildlife Day 2017

Happy World Wildlife Day! 

#WorldWildlifeDay reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. #BeAVoice #CauseAnUproar 

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Want to get involved?

Help spread the word!  There are plenty of ways you can participate in WWD2017.

In the past, people have participated in WWD in various ways. Some activities are big and others are small, but all of them have helped to promote awareness about wildlife conservation issues around the world.

This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is ‘Listen to young voices’. We would love to see children and young adults getting involved in the day as much as possible.

Make sure to announce your event so we can see how World Wildlife Day is being celebrated around the world!

Post on social media. Repost one of our photos, posters or use one of our action cards and say something about the day. Remember to use the hashtags #DoOneThingToday, #youth4wildlife, #YoungVoices,  #WorldWildlifeDay, #EndWildlifeTrafficking

Enter our World Wildlife Day 2017 Photo Competition. The winner gets a free flight and 2 night accommodation to New York for World Wildlife day 2017!

Engage with celebrities, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.

Everyday wildlife protection

Wildlife conservation is an issue that needs attention every day.

The challenges that wildlife are facing are often large and complex- it’s normal for individuals to feel powerless. However, every person’s small actions add up to a much larger solution – making the difference between a species surviving or disappearing forever.

Just #DoOneThingToday to make a difference and help wildlife conservation.

Set a Goal – Live your daily life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife and their habitats.

Mobilize – Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.

Visit – Aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves. Research holiday destinations and countries that work hard to protect wildlife and habitats.

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).

Volunteer – we cannot always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos  have volunteer programs. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat.

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.

Speak up – share your knowledge, passion and questions about wildlife conservation with your friends, family and community – either in person or online.

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.

World Animal Day

World Animal Day: A day to speak up for those who have no voice!  

World Animal Day is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.  It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.  Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

Click Here for World Animal Day Events 

Would you like to contribute towards making the world a kinder, more compassionate place, raise global awareness of animal-related issues, help fundraise for a local welfare organization or charity?

Click Here to get involved and make a difference!

Nature is speaking…… take a listen.

Q:  How Can I Make A Global Wave?

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Earth Day 2015

10 Things You Can Do For The Planet On Earth Day

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  1. Make Natural Cleaners- Many home cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that contribute to indoor pollution and can harm fish and other wildlife when they go down the drain and into local waterways. Common natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice can be used instead to keep your home clean.
  1. Fix Leaking Faucets- If your home has one leaking toilet, you could be wasting more than 200 gallons of fresh water every day. Add another 10 gallons a day for every leaking faucet.
  1. Eat Only Sustainable Seafood-Consult a list of ocean-friendly seafood before your next trip to the store or your favorite restaurant. Over-consumption of some fish and other ocean wildlife threatens to wipe out entire species.
  1. Try A Light Bulb Savings Calculator- See how your energy use from home lighting compares to others and ways that you can reduce your overall energy use.
  1. Make Your Office More Green“Reduce, reuse, recycle” applies at work too. See what you can do.
  1. Recycle Unused Items Around Your House- Check out a list of items that can be recycled rather than tossed into your local landfill.
  1. Improve Your Energy Efficiency with Upgraded Appliances-Learn how much energy you might save by replacing an old appliance with a new more energy-efficient model.
  1. Go Green When You Travel- With a bit of extra planning, you can make your vacation fun and earth friendly.
  1. Use Sustainable Food Containers – Decrease waste in your local landfill by storing food in eco-friendly containers. Learn about the many options available to you.
  2. Teach Children to Be Good Stewards of the Earth- Use fun activities and information for children to teach the kids in your life to respect and care for our planet.

International Tiger Day

Cause An Uproar for International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation.  This annual event, which is held on July 29, highlights the problems facing tigers today and promotes the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats. 

According to Tiger Day.org, all tigers living in the wild could be extinct in 5 years!  It is estimated that tigers have lost 93% of their natural habitat where people and tigers are competing for space.  Climate change poses a major threat, with rising sea levels threatening to wipe our even more of their habitat.  Poaching poses a huge threat with the demand for body parts and fur worldwide.  

There are many things that we can do to help protect tigers:

Adopt a Tiger

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Create Awareness on social media

Read more about International Tiger Day 2014 and how to help protect the species here.

Happy Earth Day 2014

Give EARTH A Hand Today!  

What Do You Want For Our Earth?

I Want Clean Air….

I Want Food Without Destruction….

I Want Eater Without Pollution….

I Want Our Rainforest Intact….

I Want To Keep Our Oceans Alive….

And Our Polar Seas Pristine….

I Want An Energy Revolution….

What Do You Want For Our Earth?

Tell Your U.S. Representative To Vote NO On These 3 Bills

This week, the House of Representative is taking up 3 bills that could be very bad for endangered and threatened wildlife.

Please take action & ask your Representative to vote “NO!” on these 3 bills:

HR 3590 – Would open national wildlife refuges to damaging uses & construction projects without public input.

HR 3964 – Uses California’s drought to attack the Endangered Species Act & overturn a plan to restore the San Joaquin River

HR 2954 – This package of land bills would put harmful grazing before protecting wildlife on public lands, open miles of beachfront to off-road vehicles, and much more.

TAKE ACTION HERE

National Bird Day 2014

Why National Bird Day?

  • The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration.
  • Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.
  • Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
  • Many of the world’s parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss.
  • Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds kept in captivity.
  • The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.

This is the reason for National Bird Day. Join them!

Big Cat Week

Nat Geo WILD presents a week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines!

Big Cats are creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity and beauty that are rapidly facing extinction.

Watch these visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world on Nat Geo Wild and get closer than ever before to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers and more as you share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.

World Habitat Day!

The United Nations has designated the  first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, it will be  celebrated on 7 October 2013. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on  the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate  shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have  responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

 

Monarch In My Backyard

Today was my first Monarch Butterfly sighting in my backyard!  As I ran in to grab my camera, I was lucky enough to capture a still photo of this beauty.

Monarch butterflies remind me of when I was a child….growing up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois where I always saw these butterflies in our yard!

The appearance of Butterflies always signals the presence of new nectar within our life.  May we all enjoy this new sweetness in life.