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Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, 1901-1978

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  1. The 25 April is World Penguin Day!

    The day coincides with the annual northern migration of Adelie penguins.   There are various different species of penguin. 

    OxfordSparks have their Penguin Watch Team who will be answering a Q&A.  Their researchers monitor penguin colonies across the Southern Ocean, working to disentangle the effects of various threats from things such as climate change and the krill fishing industry.



  2. The 22nd April each year is Earth Day.

    Earth Day is on every day and can be celebrated wherever you are – even in space!  Flood the earth with hope, optimism and action!

    In 2020, Earth Day is 50 years old.  The theme is Climate Action.  As its website says,

    Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems which make our world habitable.  

    If we look at the start of 2020 alone, the Australian bushfires left terrible damage behind them.  Organic Lesson wanted to give an idea of the severity of the crisis, by re-creating the smoke haze in scenic locations around the world and you can see what places like London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and the Alps would have looked like.

    The 22nd April is Earth Day - visit the website here


    The Earth Day Network works around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet across the following issues

    • Climate Action
    • Science and Education
    • People and Communities
    • Conservation and Restoration
    • Plastic and Pollution

    So whatever your interests are in earth, you should be able to find a way to get involved.  And Earth Day's website has toolkits you can use to really get out there and change the world and make a difference.

    Join Earth Day Live 2020

    There’s plenty you can do:

    • Add your voice or action to a world map to show your support
    • Organize a digital event for Earth Day or a physical one later - don't forget to register it!
    • Get involved in  Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s largest citizen science effort
    • Find at-home, digital Acts of Green to support a better planet
    • Spread the word on your social network to get friends and family involved
    • Read the news, learn about the campaigns, or download images

    View the information about Conservation and Restoration here but three actions you can take are:

    1. Take action for Conservation and Biodiversity –Sign up for the Biodiversity Beat 
    2. Take action for the Canopy Project
    3. Be a part of the largest volunteer project in history – the Great Global Cleanup

    In the coming year, Earth Day Network is aiming to plant 7.8 billion trees — one tree for every person on earth — in honour of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

    Head off to Earth Day 2020 here and see what you can do to make a difference!


  3. Animals Asia have had an urgent call about three bears in terrible trouble on a bile farm.

    They were alerted 2 weeks ago – and they dropped everything, to get ready to rescue as fast as possible.  But travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus meant it was not possible (or safe) to go ahead. 

    Travel restrictions have been lifted now.  The team is ready to go and rescue the three bears.  But Animals Asia need help to do it.  These bears will have bellies to fill, there'll be essential medicines to buy and months of high costs, thanks to the coronavirus. 

    Help Animals Asia rescue these three bears from a bile farm

    The bears were found trapped in tiny metal cages, side by side.  There’s limited information about them but Animals Asia say they can be almost certain that they will have serious health issues and will need special, on-going care and treatment for the rest of their lives – which could be 15 years or more.

    They are asking people to become monthly donors, to help set up these bears on the road to recovery and beyond.

    Will you help the three bears?

    Find out more here.

    Visit Animals Asia’s website here.


  4. The programme "Pangolins - the World's Most Wanted Animal" is back on BBC2 tonight, Friday 17 April, 2020 at 9pm.

    Don't miss it!  Although it's a repeat, the programme is very timely, given that these rather amazing animals are at the centre of the coronavirus storm. 

    Visit the Environmental Investigation Agency's website

    Pangolins are the world's  most trafficked animal - their scales are wanted in Chinese medicine.  Their flesh is eaten as a delicacy. 

    Sir David Attenborough narrates the storm of the pangolin and gives hope on how we can save them.

    There's a list of pangolin charities here 


  5. Are you a tiger lover?  Do you want to help tigers in Sumatra?

    Fauna and Flora International are looking for donations to put more rangers into the field in Sumatra to protect tigers.

    100 years ago, Javan and Balinese tigers prowled the jungles of Indonesia.  Over generation after generation of tiger, mother after mother taught cub after cub how to fit the islands they were born on.  They became unique – each a subspecies in its own right.    

    But people slaughtered them.  They were tracked, found, killed and skinned to enhance the prestige of the big-game hunter or fill the coffers of a wildlife trader.  Both are now extinct.  They’ve gone.  And on the next island along – the same thing is happening again.

    There are fewer than 400 Sumtran tigers left.  That number is going down.  They are critically endangered.

    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers
    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers with a £3 donation.
    ©Fauna and Flora International

    Despite the persistent efforts of conservation teams, there aren’t enough areas that are protected to stop poachers getting through and setting deadly snares.

    The tigers have no idea about all of this.  They don’t have a clue.   They cannot avert the slaughter they see don’t coming. 

    We need to make a stand and learn from the mistakes we’ve made before.  We cannot lose these tigers from Sumatra. 

    Fauna and Flora International are putting rangers in place.  They are training and equipping them to remove the snares and keep poachers away.  Then the beautiful Sumatra tigers can be safe in the wild again.

    In short, donations will put more rangers into the field.

    Please help Sumatran tigers today with a £3 donation!  Let’s put more rangers into the field and protect tigers.