World Wildlife Day

On World Wildlife Day, 3 March, people all around the world hold events to celebrate the natural world and to raise awareness of the importance of protecting wildlife. Read the article to find out more.

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Every year, people all over the world hold all kinds of events to celebrate World Wildlife Day. Their aim is to raise awareness of the beauty and the importance of our natural world and to look for ways to protect and conserve it.

How it first started

In December 2013, 40 years after it had signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the United Nations General Assembly decided to create a day to raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants and the importance of protecting them. They decided to call it World Wildlife Day and chose 3 March as the date to celebrate it.

Why is it so important? 

Earth is home to many, many different species of plants and animals, more than we can possibly count. It is this rich diversity, and the delicate balance between all the different forms of life, that makes life possible on our planet. We depend on all the elements of the biosphere for all our basic needs: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the energy and materials we use to make the things we need to live our lives. Each and every species is equally important. One of the aims of World Wildlife Day is to raise awareness of these facts. 

What are the problems facing wildlife today? 

Sadly, many human activities such as mining, farming and construction are constantly putting wildlife in danger. We are cutting down too many trees, clearing too much ground and building so many roads that we are destroying the natural habitats of millions of species and putting the world's biodiversity at risk. Nearly a quarter of all species are at risk of becoming extinct in the next 50 years, and their disappearance is putting us, humans, in danger as well.

What are the solutions? 

We need to live more sustainable lives and to learn to respect nature and defend its diversity. We need to push our governments to conserve and protect the natural habitats of all the species that are in danger of becoming extinct. We all need to work together to protect our planet – and ourselves.

What can you do to help on World Wildlife Day? 

You can join local events and find out more about wildlife in your local area. You can donate time or money to organisations that are protecting wildlife locally or internationally. You can sign petitions and write to your government. You can share films, photos and articles with friends and your family. Post them on your social media channel and spread the message wherever you can. You can use the hashtags #WorldWildlifeDay and #DoOneThingToday to join in with the global conversation. Whatever you do, you won't be alone. Millions of people all around the world will be joining the celebrations and fighting for a better future for our planet. 


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Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Thu, 24/06/2021 - 08:09

In our country,we are facing many problems of wildwife such as mining and farming.

Submitted by Barbara_Sz on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 14:55

Where I'm living in South Africa, one the biggest problem is poaching. So many species are in danger because of the unnecessary hunting. Other problem what I see is the water pollution.

Submitted by danisep on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 18:33

I think that here in Latin America there are many countries rich in nature and species there are many fauna and flora, we have the Amazon, paramos among other stuff. I think that due to the less development like economy industrie, the problem is that we are looking for a way to be a developed country doing the same that the already developed countries are leaving, like stop exploiting the natural resources, rather using renewable energy and changing its dependence of oil.

Submitted by KING855INDO on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 05:26

In my country, there are many poachers who always hunt rare animals and the government is just silent

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 19:52

The main problem facing wildlife in my region is that of human activities. My aids comes in form of joining the moves for raising awareness on conservation and protection of wildlife.

Submitted by Nguyen1234 on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 16:14

In my country , some special are at rick due to hunting, deforestation.

Submitted by Alaadx on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 14:41

In my country , we are suffer from random build which put world's biodiversity at risk leads to death all natural habitat.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 05/03/2020 - 19:26

In my region, which is called "The green region in Europe", there are some problems facing widlife anyway. I particularly refer to the treatment of rubbish, the pollution of the rivers and the decontamination of the polluted land after dismantling a chemical plant in a limited area of my province. We are all responsible for helping the local authorities to raise awareness of the importance of these problems.