World Wildlife Foundation, 2016 Celebrations!
I have for years been a member of World Wildlife Foundation, supporting the tiger. Naturally we focus on domestic animals due to their immense suffering and fear but we cannot forget our wildlife. Humanity has a growing greed to exploit this as well. There is an imaginary nightmare for animals that their body parts will make humans healthier or heal specific diseases, which is a clear human invention to make money.
The good news is though that the foundation has reported improvement across the globe in 2016.
- Giant Pandas have increased in population.
- In just ten years the tiger population has grown from 1400 animals to 2226.
- EU decided to keep their species agreement which more than 1400 endangered species.
- 22 new gorilla children were born in Rwanda.
- The orangutan project in Sebangau was a success where there are more than 6000 registered animals.
- The Sumatran Rhino might survive on Borneo and has been provided a protected habitat to reproduce.
- IWC has recognized the importance of having whales and dolphins, hence there is ongoing discussion to increase their protection and limit human impact.
- China has forbidden the trade of ivory.
- Cruise ships are no longer allowed to empty their drainage in the Baltic Sea.
- The Paris climate agreement was activated which means that countries commit to limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial times, and that the world's developed countries will contribute $100 billion annually in climate aid to developing countries by 2020.
- Oil drilling in Canada stopped, a victory for animal life in the Arctic.
- WWF's Earth Hour, the world's largest environmental manifestation, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Hundreds of millions of people in 178 different countries, which is a new world record.
- A huge nature reserve was created in the Ross Sea south of the South Pole, nearly three times the size of Sweden's surface.
- Victory for the world's seas, ships may not discharge ballast water anymore.
- The porpoises in Baltic sea are finally protected.
- One Planet Food is WWF's term that works with what we can eat to get by with our planet. Everyone are entitled a healthy and sustainable food diet. One of the most important thing you can do to reduce your food's climate impact is to reduce meat consumption in rich countries, we should eat half as much meat as today.
- In eastern Russia, over 11,600 square kilometers of stunningly beautiful forest has been protected and named as national park Bikin.
- Better protection for Kenya's unique coastal forests.
- GPS monitoring was approved and implemented to protect rhinos and elephants.
- Over 100,000 sea turtles have hatched on protected beaches.
And much, much more!