Jacqueline Fernandez, Ban Ki-moon and many other famous personalities have come together for a United Nations led campaign for urging action for protecting endangered species and ending illegal trade in wildlife #WildforLife #WildforLife was launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi in front of environment ministers from every corner of the planet. The campaign aims to mobilize millions of people to make commitments and take action to end the illegal trade. The campaign is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and is supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF...
The Earth Day has, several times in the past, become an occasion for initiating environmental causes across the globe. This Earth Day was no exception, when the World Wildlife Fund-India (WWF-India) and Ricoh India joined hands to strengthen wildlife and marine conservation in India, by signing the ‘Project Nature Watch’ partnership. WWF-India has been working towards wildlife and environment protection in the country since 1969. Ricoh is a global technology company. Together, they aim to contribute towards the environment by bringing in technology for better monitoring efforts across conservation projects in India. The aim is to provide need-based infrastructure support to frontline and field staff working in the forest and marine areas respectively, for monitoring species such
Environment Day Greetings to All! This year's theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Go Wild for Life! Everyone the world over is being encouraged to make yourself aware of all those species who are under threat and take action at your own level to help safeguard them for future generations. The illegal trade in wildlife is pushing many species of animals and plants toward local or global extinction. The extinction of iconic species such as elephants, tigers or sea turtles would be a disaster for conservation efforts. But the loss of any species, even at a local level, is an erosion of the biodiversity that underpins the natural systems upon which we all depend for our food security, medicines, fresh air, water, shelter and a clean and healthy environment. Wildlife crime also...
Most of us can begin listing dates of festivals and public holidays as soon as we're asked. Why? – Because we simply love having a day off from work, love gorging on sweets, and love celebrations. But, lost in infatuation with festivals, we often forget to celebrate a day which probably holds the most significance in our lives, and the future of our planet – The Earth Day. The idea for a day to focus on the environment came to its founder G. Nelson, then a U.S. Senator, who was inspired by the 1970 student anti-war movement. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the political agenda. The idea clicked, it garnered national and international support over the y
The days when conservation and technology could not be spoken of in one breath are passé. Information Communication Technology (ICT) today has some really amazing uses in the field of conserving biodiversity. Recently, a study conducted by Conservation International (CI), Indonesia, camera-trapped an impressive 29 animal species in North Sumatra. The cameras, placed at the Batang Gadis National Park (BNGP), significantly documented five endangered species- the Sumatran clouded leopard, the Sumatran tiger, the Sunda pangolin, the Asiatic wild dog and the Malayan Tapir- for over thirty days. Other documented animals include the four of the five Sumatran wild cat species, the endemic bronze-tail peacock pheasant and the Salvadori's pheasant. These results further support the list
Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference to mark the completion of one year of the NDA government in New Delhi on June 08, 2015. Environment Secretary Shri Ashok Lavasa and other dignitaries are also seen. The Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar recently made a powerpoint presentation to highlight the achievements of the Government of India in the last one year in protecting the environment and wildlife of India. The Minister mentioned several pointers, achievements, proposals and plans which have been highlighted below. On the face of it, it does seem that the present Government is trying its level best to protect and safeguard the environment and natural resources of India. However, it becomes the responsibility of each and every citizen...
International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated to recognize the pivotal role of biodiversity to life on earth and human well-being, as well as to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the threats to it. It was on this day in 1992 that the text of the Convention of Biodiversity was adopted. The International Day for Biological Diversity is being celebrated all over India today. The main event is being held in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Following is the text of the message from the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar on this occasion. “Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, to recognise the pivotal role of biodiversity to life on earth and human well-
An onlooker...somewhere in the hustle and bustle of Delhi's urban life! Let's not forget all with whom we share this city. Delhi Greens wishes everyone a Happy and Thoughtful International Day for Biological Diversity. The Theme for the International Day for Biodiversity 2015 is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. It is important here to note that the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the medicines we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the house we make are all obtained
Padma Bhushan award recipient, Olympic medalist and five-time undisputed world boxing champion Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom breaks the chain - this time for, the mighty elephant. Mary Kom joins PETA in fighting for the cause of elephants and ensuring a safe and dignified life for the largest mammal on land. Elephants and other animals in circuses are subjected to chronic confinement, physical abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other weapons – including heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are often used to inflict pain on elephants and beat them into submission. As per PETA, a nine-month investigation of circuses by a team that included representatives from PETA and its sister organisation Animal Rahat, the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body operating under the M
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan lighting the lamp to inaugurate the biodiversity exhibition as Science Express Biodiversity Special arrives at central railway station, in Chennai on July 27, 2013. AGM, Southern Railway, Sri G. Narayanan and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Shri. Shashi Shekhar are also seen.