March 3rd was proclaimed as World Wildlife Day by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. In 2017, the theme is “Listen to the Young Voices.” Given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.
The good news is that governments, lawmakers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing.
Please get involved! Whether it’s by supporting one of these organizations:
Or by posting photos and sharing your thoughts about the importance of protecting wildlife via social media. Use the hashtags #DoOneThingToday, #youth4wildlife, #YoungVoices, #WorldWildlifeDay, #EndWildlifeTrafficking
Together we can challenge the threats to nature, and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing, including ourselves.