We are delighted to announce that this year, World Wildlife Day will celebrate the growing impact of youth in conservation efforts worldwide. With people under the age of thirty representing over half of the world’s population, and the fate of some of the world’s most endangered and iconic species on the edge of existence, it is becoming all the more important to engage young people in decisions affecting the world’s wildlife.
From patrolling forests to protect rhinos in South Africa or combating wildlife trade in Vietnam, to rescuing orangutans in Borneo and animating wildlife workshops in Canada, the collective youth impact is widespread and undeniable. It is now time, on World Wildlife Day, to acknowledge and applaud the dedication and energy of young wildlife lovers across the globe working towards a common goal, to protecting our priceless wild animals and plants for generations to come.
Youth Voices were heard last year at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora(CITES) when the world’s governments adopted a resolution which acknowledges that youth deserve to have a greater voice on the world stage of international conservation. With new energy and innovative ideas, the experts need youth just as much as youth need experts to invest in them and guide them. We are stronger together.
We are delighted to be an official partner of WWD 2017, and would like to invite you to join us on 3 March and ask everyone to ‘Do One Thing today to help protect the world’s wildlife!’