World Environment Day (WED) is June 5th. The theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.”, putting out an urgent call to conserve the diversity of life and and environmental sustainability, which is why the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has chosen Rwanda to host this year’s programme of events and a focus on Saving Gorillas.
Rwanda is home to thousands of species and about 750 Gorillas (about 1/3 of the worlds) and is one of Africa’s most diverse regions. Of the 151 different types of mammals, 11 are currently threatened. Rwanda is working hard to preserve this biodiversity, which is critical to global environmental sustainability.
I just gotta tell ya:
- With the present rate of logging and poaching, gorillas may disappear from their habitats within 1-15 years.
- Humans are the greatest threat to gorillas from disease, logging, mining, poaching
- Gorilla are poached for meat, collections and trophies.
- 300 Gorillas are killed every year for Bushmeat in the Congo
If you are interested in taking a stand for gorillas in Africa, go to Take A Stand For The Gorillas– For every activity or positive action organized and registered on the WEd website, $10 will go toward gorilla protection.
To find out more about World Environment Day visit the website United Nations Environmental Program