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  • Writer's pictureDYPIS, Satara

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World Wildlife Day –

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild flora and fauna and to raise awareness of the multitude(piles) of benefits that their conservation provides to people.

World Wildlife Day seeks to celebrate the world's plants and animals while raising awareness of issues that impact wildlife.

Earth is home to countless species of flora and fauna. However, unsustainable human activities and overexploitation of the species and natural resources are endangering the world’s biodiversity. Nearly a quarter of all species are presently at risk of going extinct in the coming decades.

We entirely depend on the resource of our biosphere to meet the needs of over 7 billion people. Nature has its own needs. We must be careful not to overexploit it.

1. Forests around the world are under threat, forests are home to much of the world’s biodiversity.

2. Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods.

3. The world is dealing with an illegal wildlife trade, threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains.

4. Litter in the world’s oceans comes from many sources, including containers that fall off ships during storms, the trash that washes off city streets into rivers that lead into the sea, and waste from landfills that blows into streams or directly into the ocean.

5. The use of pesticides and fertilizers on farms has increased in crop production globally. But there have been serious environmental consequences. As a result, the water is depleted of dissolved oxygen, and fish and other aquatic life are killed.

6. The burning of fossil fuels, in both energy plants and vehicles, releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing climate change. Long-term exposures also can lead to significant climatic changes that can have far-reaching negative impacts on food, water, and ecosystems.

7. Two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more.

8. It’s often hard to get funding and other support to wildlife.

Today, unsustainable human activity could cause up to a million species to get extinct. But we can prevent that.

We can participate in Bio-Diversity Conservation by:

1. Conserving Forests: Leave native plants undisturbed and Landscape using native trees and vegetation. Native plants are well adapted to local conditions and provide low maintenance. Attract “good” insects by planting pollen and nectar plants.

2. Reduce Pollution: Reduce carbon pollution to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Drive less, Walk, Ride or Carpool more. Learn about low emission vehicle research and availability.

3. Avoid buying wildlife products: Reduce demand for illegal wildlife products by not purchasing products made from these items. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”

4. Environment-friendly products: Use natural and eco-friendly products. Dispose of hazardous materials safely.

5. Natural products for Pest: Use pesticides that have minimal residual effects. Use natural products and methods for pest control.

6. Recycle, Reduce and Reuse: Recycling decreases pollution by decreasing energy, electricity and water consumption and the need for landfills.

7. Rainwater Harvesting: We can help recharge local water sources by allowing rain to water the ground where it falls. This can be done through simple efforts, such as directing downspouts and gutters toward shrubbery or trees or collecting rain in a barrel for outside use.

8. Visit National Parks: Enjoying the planet’s biodiversity by visiting a national park or on a safari, visit a nature museum, a botanical garden or a to see the wide variety of flora and fauna with your own eyes and support the wildlife economy.

9. Barriers and Collars: Use barriers and collars around plants to keep pests away.

Let us remind ourselves and work together to build a world that can truly sustain all Life on Earth. Let us push for a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature.

Spread the word, especially to children and youth. They are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and they deserve a future where we humans live in harmony with the wildlife that share the planet with us.


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