World Wildlife Day (WWD) is an annual event that is celebrated on 3rd March every year. This event was first proposed by Thailand to celebrate and raise awareness about the world’s wild flora and fauna. At 68th session, the United Nation General Assembly proclaimed 3rd March as UN World Wildlife Day.
Why is World Wildlife Day celebrated?
World Wildlife Day (WWD) is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of wild flora and fauna for the ecological balance. At the same time, WWD reminds us that we have to fight against wildlife crime, which have economic, environmental and social impacts.
World Wildlife Day 2021 Theme
The theme for the World Wildlife Day 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“.
Hashtags for WWD: #WorldWildlifeDay #WWD2021 #ForestPeoplePlanet
7 Facts About Wildlife
- Approximately 30,000 species per year- about three per hour- are being driven to extinction.
- Illegal wildlife trafficking throughout the world brings in approximately US $20 billion per year.
- Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world.
- According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020, there has been an average 68% drop in global population sizes of amphibians, birds, fish mammals and reptiles between 1970 and 2016.
- Populations of freshwater wildlife species are declining faster than others, dropping by an average of 84% between 1970 and 2018.
- Human kill more than 100 million sharks throughout the world each year.
- Approximately 80 percent of the decline in global biological diversity is caused by habitat destruction.
World Wildlife Day Quotes
If we save our wild places, we will ultimately save ourselves.
Not only Wildlife, but even Wildlife Photographers call Jungle their Home. That makes us One Family.
The continued existence of Wildlife and Wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.
The reducing roars of the wild is a testimony of the inhumane brutality of us humans.
“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.” -Steve Irwin
One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.
We can never save wildlife by killing it.
Having respect for animals makes us better humans.
All creatures are deserving of a life free from fear and pain.
The world is Good-Natured to people who are Good Natured.
If we kill the wild, then we’re killing a part of our souls.
The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.
If the price of style has to be paid for by atrocities, it is no longer fashion.
A responsibility to be a voice for the planet we live on, for nature, and for the wildlife that cannot speak for itself.
Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.
The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book.
How to celebrate WWD in Schools?
In schools, a wildlife exhibition and awareness program can be conducted following the theme of the World Wildlife Day- “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”. School managements can collaborate with local zoos, parks, botanical gardens, national parks, aquariums or museums to encourage the students to celebrate this day.
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