World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the myriad benefits that wildlife provides people. Humanity is faced with a lot of challenges and the survival of many species is at risk. Climate change is real and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Let this World Wildlife Day be a reminder that our societies and wildlife depend on natural resources. If they continue to be depleted, what will become of our environment? It is upon us to make this world a better place for ourselves and our children. Go out and enjoy and appreciate nature — snap pictures in the wild, splash fresh water on your face, pick up that plastic bag, advocate for healthier environments, involve youth and colleagues in these dialogues — be the change you want to see in the world. And not just on World Wildlife Day, but every day!
Photo credit: Suzi Lonergan