Paula Kahumbu: The International March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions brings individuals in cities the world over collectively to demand motion to save lots of threatened wildlife from extinction
As we speak, 7 October 2017, 1000’s of individuals are gathering in additional than 100 cities all around the world to indicate solidarity with wildlife within the International March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions. This yr’s theme ‘Justice for All’ attracts consideration to the dire risk to those species on account of worldwide wildlife crime.
In my house metropolis Nairobi, the planning for this march has concerned tens of organizations, together with NGOs, native and nationwide authorities companies, universities, colleges, firms, diplomatic embassies and native communities. Greater than 100 younger volunteers have helped with preparations and will likely be current on the day to ensure the whole lot runs easily.
Some nice strides have been made to save lots of elephants. There’s a international momentum in opposition to unlawful trafficking in wild animal merchandise, as evidenced by China’s ban on commerce in ivory merchandise and the latest determination by Japanese on-line retailer Rakuten to affix the record of others who not permit the sale of animal trophies on their platforms. These strikes increase hopes that the life expectancy of elephants and different endangered species within the wildlands will go up within the coming years.
If we don’t make wildlife related for Africans, and African economies, we’ll lose the area that wildlife wants and I worry that our animals will change into homeless. We’re dropping habitats at an alarming price. Within the interval between 2010 and 2015, Africa misplaced an estimated 2.eight million hectares of forest per yr.