"The Future of Wildlife is in our hands"
So, without wanting to bombard people with facts and figures and depressing stories of how doomed the natural world is, I would like to share with you a little bit about what World Wildlife Day is, Why this matters and how we can all be part of it, which ultimately means being part of protecting wildlife everywhere.
Today marks the day that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed March 3rd as the UN World Wildlife Day.
#World Wildlife Day was put in place for a basis of raising awareness and to celebrate the natural world. Every year campaigns are put together, people, countries and organizations are united and a push for change is promoted. Throughout the world these campaigns help to ensure governments, lawmakers, enforcement officers and customs officials are continuing to increase their commitment to protecting the natural world.
One of the biggest threats to wildlife is habitat loss as well as overgrazing, intensive farming and development as well as the illegal wildlife trade.
Thousands of species throughout the world are being pushed to the brink of extinction. It is a very real fact that certain species will go extinct within our lifetime if nothing changes.
Why this matters? Apart from the obvious reasons – how tragic it is that humans are responsible for this. I know that is not something I am proud to say that the human race did during their time on earth. Nor is it the message I would want to leave to future generations.
But, why this matters, well the reality is the entire planet is connected. We rely on nature. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Nature has a link to everything that our very existence relies on. The destruction of the natural world is ultimately the destruction of our own species – the human race.
Each part of the natural world is an essential part of the building blocks that planet earth requires to function effectively and to maintain balance. You remove one block and you change the entire structure.
To give this a little bit of a visual element I am going to use a metaphor using the game “Jenga”.
For those who are unfamiliar, in Jenga, you have a set amount of blocks that you build a tower with. The idea of the game is to build a higher tower by taking blocks from the original tower and placing them on top of the structure. Each player removes one piece from anywhere in the structure and places it on the top, trying to maintain the balance. The game ends when the tower falls.
In life, I believe we do the same. We build, higher and higher, continually pushing to increase everything! Our so called happiness is determined by how much we earn, how much we own, how much we have achieved and how much more we can gain. We continue to build, to create, and to develop, whilst removing the essential foundations that are necessary for our survival. The balance begins to shift, but still we build more, taking from the earth and never remembering to put a little back to ensure we don’t fall. There is only so long that this will be able to continue.
Eventually, like in the game of jenga, once we remove one to many of those foundational blocks and we take just that little bit more from the earth, the very basis of existence, eventually the balance will be completely lost and we, along with natural world will fall….
So, today is a day to raise awareness, to celebrate the amazing wildlife that we share planet earth with and to join together globally to help protect wildlife and the environment everywhere.
“Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing”.
There are plenty of ways in which we can help protect wildlife through our everyday actions!
So, how can you help?
3 simple ways to help protect wildlife and the environment.
- Raise awareness! In this day and age with the use of technology and the growing presence of the on line community’s, raising awareness is as simple as sharing a post! Maybe share this post, maybe upload a photo of your own and tell the world what it is you love about nature. You could link up with a conservation organization that works with your favorite species and share their links. Are you an artist? Upload an image of your work and link it into #WorldWildlifeDay.We all have the chance to share in our own way, link in your passion and love of nature and we can all be part of raising awareness for wildlife. Be a shout out to the world that we want to make a change! For more ideas visit http://www.wildlifeday.org/content/get_involved
- Reduce! This is as simple as it sounds and can save you money as well as help out nature. It’s a win win! So ways in which to do this, Reducing your carbon footprint! Walk instead of drive, carpool, turn off lights and unplug devices when not in use. Simple!
- Eat less meat! Its true, being a vegetarian helps! (I am not just saying that because I am a vegan). Around 70% of the worlds agricultural land is used to raise animals for food as well as the land being used to grow animal feed crops. This has HUGE impacts on the environment. Not only are natural wild habitats destroyed to make room for farmlands, but the intensive farming practices (not to even mention how morally wrong they are in terms of animal welfare) but they increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and increase water pollution. More on this on later blogs. So, I am not saying become a veggie, but reduce your meat intake! One day a week – go meat free. You will save money too, trust me! It’s cheaper, healthier and as you can see from the hundreds of healthy, fit vegetarians throughout the world – you will not waste away!