Get involved on World Environment Day
June 5th is World Environment Day (WED) – the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Above all, WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.
For the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and its TigerTime campaign the call to act to protect our environment and the animals that we share it with has never been more important. In the face of human greed, fuelled by myth and corruption, some of the world’s most iconic species are balancing on the edge of extinction.
For over 30 years we have worked tirelessly to protect wild elephants, rhinos, tigers, snow leopards, lions and painted dogs and the habitats that support them. More recently, we have extended our reach to protect pangolins which are now acknowledged as the world’s most heavily, illegally trafficked mammal. Park protection, anti-poaching and enforcement are core to what we do and, along with our campaigns to end the trade in ivory and tiger parts, cement our zero tolerance approach to the illegal wildlife trade.
We can all play our part – both on a global and a local level. We can all take actions that protect the world we love. Here are some easy wins for the wildlife and the environment:
- Consider your use of resources and recycle what you can
- Forget the car for the day – walk or cycle instead
- Switch off all unneeded lights and electricals and don’t leave the TV on standby
- Do a 2 minute litter clean up in your area (don’t forget to wear gloves!)
- Have a wild walk – get back to nature and visit a wild space close to you
- Plant a tree
- Avoid plastic bags and take away cups
- Set a 5 minute time limit on your shower
- Follow the conversation on twitter #WED2016
- Sign our TigerTime petition to end the trade in tiger parts www.bantigertrade.com
- Find out more about our work at www.davidshepherd.org