Sustaining All Life on Earth
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) says the message of this year’s World Wildlife Day, March 3rd, is "Sustaining all life on Earth."
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero emphasized that it's important to "raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people" and the "threats" that animals and plants are facing.
Higuero called on "governments around the world, the private sector and individuals to add their voices and take action to help conserve wildlife and ensure sustainable use before it’s too late.”
Started by the United Nations in 2013, World Wildlife Day has focused on many urgent problems, including animal poaching and trafficking,
and big cats,
safeguarding undersea life, and more.
The UN says World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful and varied types of wild animals and plants around the world.
Numerous events highlighting biodiversity and ways to sustain animal and plant life are scheduled.
At a time when 25% of the world's animal species are currently threatened with extinction and natural ecosystems have declined by 47%, action is needed to protect them.
And to sustain all life on Earth.
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