World Wildlife Day 2020

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3 Mar 2020

A ‘World’ day you should not let pass by unnoticed!

Since the advent of the internet and (in particular) social media, there has been a plethora of ‘World’ days.  Some of these will be concepts you may be able to relate to, if it is a world day that has had an impact on your life or just a day that celebrates something you have a love for and get great enjoyment out of.

Today (3rd March 2020) is ‘World Wildlife Day’, the theme of which is ‘Sustaining all life on Earth’. The key words here, are “ALL LIFE”! In an increasingly busy and fast-moving world, it is sometimes all too easy to forget, that we, humans, are an integrated part of life on Earth.

Just like the fauna and flora we share the planet with, we rely on our biosphere to provide the resources we need to survive. We utilise the land to raise livestock and grow crops for food, we breathe oxygen produced as a by-product of tree respiration, use plants for medicinal purposes and are dependent on the pollinating activities of animals to maintain food stocks.

The Earth’s biosphere is fragile and finely balanced with finite resources. Our actions can cause significant damage to the biosphere and the life it supports. This, in the long run, is bad news for us as we are one of the species that rely most on a healthy biosphere.

In what is being called a “biodiversity super year”, much is being said about conserving habitats and the animal and plant life they support. It is worth remembering that we are not living in a protective bubble, isolated from the “life” that organisations such as the World Land Trust, Greenpeace and Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, and individuals like Greta Thornburg, Chris Packham and Jane Goodall are trying to conserve.

Global warming, floods, over-exploiting of resources and land destruction have an impact on us in the same way as on the many other lifeforms, flora and fauna, that inhabit the planet. We are all in this together!

So don’t let “World Wildlife Day” pass you by, without celebrating our wild partners, in all their forms, I am sure they will do the same on “World Human Day”!

 

Allan Archer, Wildlife Education Officer