Actions for Animals

 
Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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  1. Do you love bears?

    And more accurately, do you love spectacled bears? 

    Then you may want to head off to You Tube on Tuesday 21 July to for a live talk with the Natural History Museum, London.


    Find out how the Andes are inhabitated by the only surviving native bear species in South America - the spectacled bear.  Like so many species, it is under threat from habitat loss.

    Find out about the efforts of the Natural History Museum scientists are protecting this animal and its home in Colombia - and how the Museum's collections can help. 

    This is an on-line event and it's free, though you can donate to the Natural History Museum. 

     

  2. Find out more about Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International Find out more about Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International
    ©Polar Bears International

    The 15th July is Arctic Sea Ice Day.

    Polar Bears International want to draw attention to the critical role that the Arctic and its ice plays in our climate, not just for polar bears but for us.

    The problem is that the sea ice – which acts as an air conditioner, cooling the planet – is melting.  So Arctic Sea Ice Day is a chance to find out more and why this matters.

    Plus you can join in:

    Celebrating Sea Ice Day

    July 15th at 11 a.m. Central Time
    Join experts on sea ice and polar bears to learn all about the Arctic ecosystem, the current state of Arctic sea ice, and why it is important for polar bears and people around the world. 

    Why Beluga Whales Need Sea Ice 

    July 15th at 4 p.m. Central Time
    Why would a whale, a mammal that needs access to the surface of the ocean to breathe, live where the ocean is covered in sea ice most of the year? Learn about why belugas need sea ice and join us to celebrate the launch of the Beluga Cam

     

     

     

  3. Calling all giraffe lovers!

    The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are looking to raise £60,000 by 18th July to help rangers protect the last Rhodesian giraffes left in Zambia’s Luambe National Park. 

    Help giraffes

    IFAW says that when giraffes are scared, they are silent.  Hence the term #SilentExtinction.

    Please help the IFAW prevent this #SilentExtinction of giraffes and other wildlife and donate to their appeal to raise £60,000 by 18th July 2020.   

    Donate here

     

  4. Every Flower Counts!

    That’s what bees think – so from 11th to 19th July, count the flowers on your lawn.  You can get your own Personal Nectar Score to find out how many bees it can feed!

    Plantlife want to know what’s on your lawn.  Is your lawn giving a bee feast or a bee snack?

    Every flower makes a difference because it provides essential nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and other insects. 

    The more wild flowers you’ve got in your lawn, the more nectar it will produce. 

    If you took part in #NoMowMay or #LetItBloomJune or you haven’t mown at all this year, you’re more likely to have more flowers and tons more nectar! 

    When everyone has submitted their results, Plantlife are going to calculate a National Nectar Index to show how all our lawns across Britain are helping to feed our vital pollinators.

    They will also reveal the Top Ten Lawn Flowers and show us all how to increase the number of flowers in our lawns!

    Why not set yourself a challenge:  see how many wild flowers you’ve got in your lawn this year and see what you can do to increase it next year? 

    We've stopped mowing sections of our lawn and it's amazing how many more insects we've got - we're loving our own nature show!

    Buzz off to Every Flower Counts

     

  5. Visit the World Rainforest Day's website Visit the World Rainforest Day's website

    The 22nd June is World Rainforests Day.  Rainforests are vital for life to survive on Earth.

    Yet every minute, 40 football fields of rainforest are lost.  This threatens our biodiversity and imperils earth’s health. 

    Natural climate solutions such as protecting and restoring forests could reverse global emissions by a third, according to World Rainforest Day.

    This day is held to celebrate rainforests and encourage us all to protect them.  If we can all unite and become a forest of action that rains on earth, then we can make a huge difference.

    The World Rainforest Day website has these things we can all do to make a positive impact on rainforests, today and every day:

    Ways to help rainforests

    1. Learn about rainforests and why they matter to each of us
    2. Donate to rainforest protectors
    3. Eat more plants and less meat
    4. Shop for rainforest friendly products
    5. Travel sustainably
    6. Hold leaders and corporations accountable
    7. Spread the word
    8. Host a safe, socially distant event

    There's more information about each of these positive actions we can take here

     

    Simple ways to help save rainforests

    Find out more from World Rainforest Day’s website.

    #WorldRainforestDay #TakeABreath #ThankARainforest  #BecauseTheWorldCantWait #TheForgottenSolution 

    This infographic and others are available to download and share 
    from the World Rainforest Day's website