“Mother Earth is a living being that transmits life to all ecological processes and to the essential systems for the survival of every species, including human beings...”
Under this concept, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) and the Environmental Movement Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth celebrated the World Wildlife Day with the Environmental Parade “Let's Save the Wildlife of Our Mother Earth”.
This international day promoted the participation of educational centers, environmental movements, boy scouts, governmental entities dedicated to environmental protection, forest guards and everyone related to the protection of species and environmental conservation.
Thousands of citizens from Latin America, United States and Spain attended the parade held in crowded streets and avenues, and ended in an emblematic natural park of each city, where the environmental parade was developed with the Fair for the Peace of Mother Earth.
Established by the UN
The UN General Assembly, on December 20, 2013, at its 68º session, decided to declare March 3rd as the World Wildlife Day with the objective of raising awareness in the citizens, regarding the value of wild fauna and flora.
The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in collaboration with other UN agencies, launched this celebration.
With 182 Member States, CITES remains as one of the most powerful tools for the conservation of biodiversity through the regulation of wild fauna and flora trade.
“Listen to the young voices” was the theme established by the UN for this year, 2017, in order to encourage young people to address the problems related to the environment conservation.
This year could be complex for endangered species; due to the effects of climate change and the risk of a sixth massive loss of Earth, which the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) organization warned in 2016.
In October 2016, the WWF revealed that between 1970 and 2016, there was a general decrease of 58% in the number of fishes, mammals, birds and reptiles around the world. Which means that the fauna of the world vanishes at a rate of 2% yearly.
As for flora, a team of researchers at the botanical garden of Kew, London, have examined the global databases of plants and there are 391,000 species known in the planet of which 21% are at risk of disappearing.
Actions in favor of Mother Earth
The GEAP installed three informative modules in the Environmental Parade, where the Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth gave awareness talks on three themes:
- Module 1: World Wildlife Day
- Module 2: Our Mother Earth is a living being
- Module 3: International Program Children of Mother Earth and Environmental Movement Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth
The celebration ended with the presentation of cultural events in honoring the Mother that exalted the beauty and variety of wild flora and fauna, in addition, a call for conscience was made regarding the benefits that come with the preservation of these forms of life for humanity.
Environmental celebration by country
Due to the urgent need to combat crimes against nature and avoid environmental, economic and social consequences, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Argentina, celebrated World Wildlife Day with an environmental parade at the Central Park of Mendoza city. Read full article here
With the aim of highlighting the variety of animal and plant species, the GEAP celebrated World Wildlife Day, with a massive march in La Paz, Bolivia. Read full article here.
To celebrate World Wildlife Day, the GEAP Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth in Brazil held an environmental parade in several cities of the country. Read full article here:
2,500 Activists for the Peace joined the celebration of World Wildlife Day, with the objective of informing and raising awareness in the citizens on the necessity of preserving the species variety in the environment. Read full article here:
The GEAP together with the school Unidad Pedagógica Fidel Tristán, held the environmental activity, where more than 400 students received information about how to care and save wild fauna and flora of Costa Rica. Read full article here:
With a parade that began in the Carreras and Andrés Bellos street to Eugenio Rengifo square, place where the environmental parade was installed, the Guardians of Chile, through three informative modules, made different ecological topics known. Read full article here:
GEAP volunteers from Quito, Quevedo and Francisco de Orellana joined the international celebration with environmental parades. The event was attended by governmental agencies, educational centers and general public. Read full article here:
Washington D.C., United States
GEAP volunteers in Washington D.C., Illinois, Florida and Virginia conducted virtual and in-person talks, cleaned forests and made handcraft objects with recyclable materials in order to educate citizens about environmental care. Read full article here:
Texas, United States
The city of San Antonio, Texas, United States, held a Proclamation act to celebrate March 3rd as World Wildlife Day, according to the date established by the United Nations in Resolution 68/205, of December 20, 2013, with the objective that every environmental, governmental, educational organization and general citizens, take this day to help raise awareness on the importance of the preservation of the wildlife of Mother Earth. Read full article here.
Hondurans celebrated World Wildlife Day with an environmental parade that brought together more than 500 people from several educational centers and citizens in general. Read full article here
The GEAP in Panama brought together students from every educational level in San Vicente School, to participate in the Fair for the Peace of Mother Earth that was comprised by three informative modules. Read full article here:
In the city of Trujillo, northern Peru, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP), in order to raise awareness about the benefits of the conservation of animal and plant species, and the need to combat crimes against nature, joined the celebration of World Wildlife Day (March 3rd). Read full article here:
Aiming to raise awareness on the protection of wild flora and fauna of endangered species, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Puerto Rico, celebrated World Wildlife Day (March 3rd) with awareness talks in the elementary school Benigno Carrión at Cayey. Read full article here:
The volunteers of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Dominican Republic joined the celebration of World Wildlife Day with the Environmental Parade “Let's Safe the Wildlife of Our Mother Earth”, activity carried out under the International Program Children of Mother Earth. Read full article here:
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Venezuela, celebrated World Wildlife Day with environmental parades in various regions of the country; the event counted with a massive participation. Read full article here: