On March 3rd, the world observed World Wildlife Day under the theme: Partnership for Wildlife Conservation, focusing on the critical importance of partnerships in successful conservation efforts, from international to local scale organizations. This global campaign observes and promotes the importance of groups working together in a concerted effort to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, wildlife populations, and biodiversity.
As the global community continues to face climate-related challenges, it is crucial now more than ever to recognize the urgency of promoting conservation and halting the loss of biodiversity. For instance, a leading conservation research group found that 40% of animals and 34% of plants in the United States are at risk of extinction, while 41% of ecosystems face collapse.
Additionally, if biodiversity loss continues to grow and we fail to conserve natural ecosystems, human beings will be at an increased risk. However, if biodiversity is maintained and ecosystems are conserved, it offers solutions for restoring and reversing the negative impacts of climate change. Through effective partnerships for conservation, we can protect thousands of species and ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with wild species that provide us with food, medicine, beauty, and a clearer understanding of our interconnected role in the natural world.
Even though World Wildlife Day has passed, let’s continue to raise awareness and rediscover how to live in harmony with nature. This will enable us to listen to nature and develop an in-depth relationship with the earth to protect the planet and ensure that future generations can enjoy the thousands of wild species that share this planet with us.
“Diversity creates harmony, and harmony creates beauty, balance, bounty, and peace in nature and society, in agriculture and culture, in science and in politics.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva