Stop illegal trade and habitat destruction of wild species! Mexicans proclaimed in more than 30 cities
Celebration of World Wildlife Day with a great environmental mobilization
Mexico attended the call of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace to celebrate the World Wildlife Day, in union with the UN this March 3rd through the 27th, through environmental parades developed by the GEAP volunteers to promote global awareness on endangered fauna and wildlife flora, and encourage political attention and action on this regard.
The call, Let us save the Wildlife of our Mother Earth! resonated in more 30 cities for this great environmental mobilization involving educational institutions (scholars, teachers and students), animal advocate associations, Sustainable Development directions, departments and institutions of environmental preservation and conservation, environmental movements and the media; with the support municipal governments.
A massive participation of citizens, children, youths and adults who raised banners and raised their voices to stop illegal trade and habitat destruction of wild species! through costumes, theatrical performances and exhibition of diverse creations, they promoted the defense and respect of these species, aware that contraband and the destruction of the habitat, caused by man, are the main causes of extinction.
According to the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), Mexico has 49 extinct species, 475 in danger of extinction, 896 threatened species and 1,185 under special protection.
The brown bear, the dove of Socorro Island and freshwater Potosi pupfish are among the extinct species; while the axolotl, the jaguar, the vaquita porpoise, manatee, scarlet macaw, loggerhead sea turtle and the orchid, are some of the species of animals and plants at risk of disappearing; according to the standard 059 issued by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).
During the celebration a large number of new volunteers were registered and joined the Environmental Movement "Guardians for Peace of Mother Earth" which is promoted by the GEAP with the objective of developing brigades for safeguarding, conservation and regeneration of all systems of Earth, which include the Animal and Plant Biodiversity Brigades.
Educational topics were the themes during the Environmental Parades, the Universal Rights of Mother Earth, as well as the objectives disposed by the UN for this celebration; these environmental education actions are part of the action lines of the International Program "Children of Mother Earth".
The cities where the environmental parades were registered were: Saltillo, Coahuila, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mérida, Yucatán, Valladolid, Playa del Carmen, Qroo, Chetumal, Villa de San Juan Guichicovi, Juchitán District, Oaxaca, Gómez Palacio, Durango, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Reynosa, Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua and Puebla.