On 20th December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3rd March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.
World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2017 under the theme “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.
It’s time for us all to listen to the young voices.
From a young minds’ perspective, World Wildlife Day is a time to reflect and consider the importance of wild animals and plants. In addition, in my opinion, I think it's a great opportunity to make the younger generation recognise why we need to raise more awareness to prevent plants and animals from becoming extinct, endangered and even killed. Which is why I’m asking you to do one thing today and listen to the young voices. However, World Wildlife Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the amounts of species that we are currently saving and supporting in our modern-day society. So in preparation for World Wildlife Day on Friday 3rd March 2017, the Haith’s team invited younger members of their family and friends to join us for the morning.
When everyone arrived we started off with ‘Guess The Animal’, which was a game they played where the children had to take a card and draw the picture of the animal shown. This was a great game which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
We then explained to the children about what they can do to help wildlife in their own home or local area and how to actively help wild animals.
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing their teeth to help save water
- Not to be a litter bug – as our rubbish can end up in the ocean and injure animals
- Feed the birds all year round so that can stay alive
- Feed ducks at their local park
Next, we then asked the children to draw a picture of their favourite animal and what their thoughts are on wildlife...
So by inviting the children in to talk about wildlife, we hope we have encouraged them to do all they can in their daily life to help and support wild plants and animals, by visiting aquariums nature reserves and national parks.