U.S. Embassy Kyiv marks Wildlife Conservation Day with outreach to Ukrainian schools
December 4, 2012
To mark World Wildlife Conservation Day, U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s Green Team partnered with Public Affairs to organize a series of outreach activities in Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine on wildlife conservation and trafficking. The Embassy’s Green Team is a coalition of embassy employees who have volunteered to promote and increase environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace. This marks the Team’s first community outreach event.
In total four volunteers, spoke at three schools and one business center on wildlife trafficking. They reached over 100 people, including teachers and other educators, students, and entrepreneurs. The sessions sparked lively discussion and got participants thinking about wildlife trafficking, an issue that touches and impacts Ukraine, but is infrequently discussed. These outreach activities also increased interest in conservation issues. At one school several students asked for information on volunteering with conservation organizations or other ways to get involved, demonstrating the clear value of continuing outreach on this issue.
December 4th was the first ever Wildlife Conservation Day. Wildlife Conservation Day is a global event aimed at educating the public about wildlife trafficking and inspiring people to take action against this illicit trade. Attacks on elephants and rhinos are multiplying at an alarming rate. Species around the globe such as tigers in Asia are endangered. Poaching operations are using more sophisticated weapons that threaten security and stability. By some estimates, the black market for wildlife trafficking is rivaled in size only by the illegal arms and drug trade. The slaughter of endangered species robs communities of income from tourism, reduces biodiversity, encourages corruption, and undermines good governance.
Join us today in becoming part of the solution. Visit the website www.wildlifepledge.org and take the pledge to respect and protect the world’s wildlife. To learn more about combating wildlife trafficking, please click here. You can also check out remarks by Secretary Hillary Clinton marking Wildlife Conservation Day here.