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World Environment day: Go wild for life

Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Due to various human activities the greenery is decreasing day by day. The increasing level of pollution and the decreasing numbers of tree causes a global awareness. In order to raise the global awareness about the importance of the healthy and green environment in the human lives and to solve the environmental issues by implementing some positive environmental actions as well as to make aware common public worldwide that everyone is responsible for saving his environment and not only somebody, World Environment day has been celebrating as an annual event on every 5th June since 1973.  Each year they celebrate with a theme and this year the theme is “Go wild for life”, zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.

Along with the habitat loss due to human activities, increasing number of illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The loss of precious biodiversity is probably the greatest threat to the environment. Wildlife crime is a big business nowadays, which is run by dangerous international networks. We all know about some illegal wildlife crime like poaching of elephants for ivory and tigers for their skins and bones, poaching of rhinos for their precious horn etc. these activities lead to the extinction of a few species for example, in 2011, a subspecies of Javan rhino went extinct in Vietnam, while the last western black rhinos vanished from Cameroon the same year. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, and other countries could quickly follow. Other victims of this crime include helmeted hornbills and pangolins as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife! So, why they are doing this? Of course we all know the answer that is for money only they are doing these. But we need to stop them. They need to understand the relationship between wildlife and environment.  So, this year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level – many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction. As a citizen of this world it is your responsibility to help maintain the ecological balance and to save this species from extinction. So, let’s start making change from our locality onward. Let’s spread awareness from a small level like spreading awareness among your family and friends, among your locality etc. No matter whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference. Go wild for life to save our planet.

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