5 June: World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) enables everyone to realise not only the responsibility to care for the Earth, but also reminds one and all of their individual power to become agents of change. Every action counts, and when […]

World Rhino Day: 22 September

WORLD RHINO DAY: 22 SEPTEMBER Legal trade in rhino horn has been banned by CITES since 1977. Killing rhinos and selling rhino horn is illegal. Those involved are linked to transnational organised crime syndicates – much the same as human traffickers and drug cartels – which make a lot of money from those who buy rhino horn. […]

Arbor Month – National Trees of the Year 2017

SEPTEMBER IS ARBOR MONTH 1 September: Arbor Day | 1-7 September: Arbor Week  Arbor Day was first celebrated in South Africa in 1983. Since its extension to National Arbor Week in 1999, National Arbor Week is celebrated every year during the first week of September. As the custodian of forestry in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is responsible for the campaign. Arbor Week serves as a call […]

22 April: Earth Day

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated on 21 March 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson, at an […]

Arbor Month – Trees of the Year 2016

Arbor Day was first celebrated in South Africa in 1983. Since its extension to National Arbor Week in 1999, National Arbor Week is celebrated every year during the first week of September. As the custodian of forestry in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is responsible for the campaign. 1 September: Arbor Day | 1-7 September: Arbor Week | 1-30 September: Arbor Month […]

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a simple idea developed in 2011 that aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. Join thousands of people from over 70 countries saying NO to single-use plastic this July. The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to […]

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every year on the 8th of June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008 and has been coordinated since 2003 by The Ocean Project, with greater participation each year. World Oceans Day […]

Effects of Trophy Hunting on Five of Africa’s Iconic Wild Animal Populations in Six Countries – Analysis

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), states “that well-managed trophy hunting can provide both revenue and incentives for people to conserve and restore wild populations, maintain areas of land for conservation, and protect wildlife from poaching.” According to a much touted study by Lindsey et al (2006), trophy Hunting […]

22 March: World Water Day

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations […]