Earth Day 2016 Dawning of promise image and copyright Andy Luck 2016

Celebrating Earth Day 2016

Wildopeneye thinks there are a lot of reasons to celebrate Earth Day this year and also some compelling reasons to strive harder to live in better harmony with the rest of God’s Creation. News this week of the catastrophic coral bleaching in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef reminds us that the World is already suffering the cost of climate change.

First some good news:

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development signing ceremony is being held today 22 April.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2016/04/what-exactly-is-going-to-happen-at-the-climate-signing-ceremony-on-22-april/

Shouldn’t that read Anti-Trafficking Alliance? Anyway, we know what they mean, and that means the more businesses who set themselves against the illegal wildlife trade the better!

 

As of March 3 Companies fighting the good fight against wildlife trafficking included:

  • The Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • Association of Zoos & Aquariums
  • The Bronx Zoo
  • Discovery Communications
  • eBay
  • Etsy
  • Google
  • LiveAuctioneers.Com
  • JetBlue
  • Natural Habitat Adventures
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Richline Jewelry and Rio Grande (Berkshire Hathaway companies)
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Signet Jewelers
  • Tiffany & Co.

 

  • Wildopeneye is very pleased to see efforts to protect Tigers ramping up. Check out the GEF news article Raising The Bar For Tiger Conservation https://www.thegef.org/gef/node/11742
  • We’re also celebrating all the new areas signed under US protection over the past year including a truly massive tranche of Pacific Ocean as a Marine Memorial Park and 3 national monuments protecting important Californian desert habitat.

 

Here are some campaigns that you might be interested in:

Here’s an important one from Pew Charitable Trust asking the NOAA to maintain strict standards of data collection to inform fishing research.

http://advocacy.pewtrusts.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1793&ea.campaign.id=50157&ea.tracking.id=Alert&utm_campaign=PEG+-+FED+-+SBRM&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew

Check out the site below to help ‘Defend The West’ with some campaigns from the Western Evironmental Law Center to help Grizzly Bears, The Grand Canyon and Grey Wolves

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102253797647&ca=2920e9e2-3e0d-4b72-b03f-f76803ca4659

If you ever wonder why it is important for us to conserve other species, please see the E.O.Wilson Foundation’s website

The Diversity of Life