World Wildlife Conservation Day - Tips on how to get involvedVOLUNTEERING & TRAVEL ADVICE / 02 December 2016
The 4th December is World Wildlife Conservation Day so it’s a perfect time to raise awareness about the plight for the world’s wildlife and how you can help to make a difference.
Wildlife conservation is a diverse and complex issue but just because there is no quick and easy fix shouldn’t mean that we avoid taking steps in the right direction.
Here are our top 5 tips on how you can take action:
1. Avoid unsustainable Palm Oil
Unfortunately Palm Oil is now used in a whole range of foods and products and the farms that make these oils are often destroying jungle habitats. Every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is being ploughed across South East Asia to make way for new palm oil plantations due to the growing demand. To help to protect the orangutans and the forests you should check to see if your how your skin care or favourite biscuit rate on the Rainforest Foundation palm oil guide here: http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palmoilguide
If your favourite brands are using palm oil then why not get in touch with them to let them know your thoughts!
2. Be aware of animal welfare while you are on holiday
At Pod Volunteer we work alongside Right Tourism which promotes responsible, informed, guilt-free and humane tourism. Wildlife tourism and visiting animal attractions on holiday is as popular as ever but unfortunatly tourists can often unintentionaly can have negative impacts on the animals they are visiting.
You can read our travel advice on the Top 5 ways to enjoy animals on holiday here : https://www.podvolunteer.org/blog/right-tourism-5-ways-to-enjoy-animals-on-holiday-without-harming-them
3. Educate, inspire and challenge!
Spread the word by speaking to your friends and family about wildlife conservation. You can share posts on your social networks to help spread the word. Don't forget to let others know when you sign online petitions such as those on Care2 to help wildlife protection.
If you decide to have a meat free day each week as your new year’s resolution – why not challenges your friends too!
4. Green and responsible travel
Joining one of our conservation volunteer projects around the world is a great way to learn first-hand about wildlife conservation in Belize, Peru, South Africa, Madagascar and Thailand.
But even if you are joining another volunteer project or simply going on holiday then we have come up with our top 10 tips for responsible travel to help you minimise your impact: https://www.podvolunteer.org/blog/top-10-tips-for-responsible-travel
5. Keep on learning
As you reading this you have already completed our final top tip! Being inquisitive is extremely valuable and it is important to ask questions about how your your lifestyle is impacting the planet. As we are in an ever globalised world our impacts are more far reaching than ever before. Daily choices, such as avoiding face wash with plastic micro beads which end up in the marine food chain (https://www.beatthemicrobead.org/en/in-short) or using re-usable bags rather than plastic bags which are harmful to the environment, all have a positive effect on the world.
You can learn more about protecting wildlife around the world on the brilliant WWF website here: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species
So, we wish you a Happy World Wildlife Conservation Day but encourage you to make everyday about increasing awareness about wildlife conservation!