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WWF Condemns Seismic Testing In Virunga

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Sharat
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May 24 2014
WWF Condemns Seismic Testing In Virunga

Despite intense international opposition and local protests, British company Soco International PLC will begin the seismic testing phase of its hugely controversial Virunga National Park oil exploration project.

According to residents who live near the park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), parts of Lake Edwards will be shut to fishing whilst the company explores for oil reserves. If oil deposits are indeed found then the WWF says it believes the company will drill oil exploration wells on the lake

“WWF condemns in the strongest terms Soco’s unacceptable operations in Virunga National Park. It is irresponsible for Soco to disregard the national and international laws protecting this World Heritage Site. The company is putting the livelihoods of thousands of people at risk,” said Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of Conservation at WWF International.

The fishery at Lake Edwards is responsible for annual income of US$30 million for the people who live near Virunga National Park says WWF who commissioned a study which also found that 50,000 households depend on the lake for their drinking water.

Apart from the loss of revenue and fishing jobs, the environmental report commissioned by Soco itself suggests that exploratory drilling could result in air pollution, water contamination, pulmonary diseases, and habitat loss in the incredibly fragile ecosystem.

The British foreign office reiterated concerns by expressing its opposition to the Soco’s plan in Virunga. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has also voice strong objections as well as EU member states.

“Fishermen, farmers and local entrepreneurs who depend on Virunga are objecting vehemently to Soco’s presence in their park, and numerous members of the international community have joined them. Virunga could be a source of hope for eastern DRC if is fisheries, hydropower and ecotourism potential is developed sustainably. Soco should not be allowed threaten the future of this irreplaceable park. As a publically-traded company, Soco is accountable to its shareholders. We urge investors to reject exploration in Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse national park,” Gustavsson said.

Image Courtesy of WWF

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WWF Says IPCC Report Shows Climate Change Impacting Humans And Animals

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Apr 14 2014
WWF Says IPCC Report Shows Climate Change Impacting Humans And Animals

The latest IPCC report says climate change will most certainly impact communities and wildlife however there is still time to act.

The report which was recently released details the most comprehensive evidence that the planet is in desperate need of our help. It confirms the fact that climate change is occurring and it is affecting the things that matter the most.

The report combines the impact of climate change on both humans and nature and highlights our vulnerability to a warmer world.

According to the evidence, climate change is having an effect on some of the world’s most endangered species. Droughts throughout South East Asia are being predicted which will lead to a fragmentation of tiger habitat and impact the ability of the tiger to both breed and hunt. The panda is also at risk of losing its essential food source bamboo and the future of the snow leopard is also in doubt with the prediction that their Himalayan forest habitat will decline.

The research also shows that there will be increasingly intense extreme weather such as the floods experienced by the UK last year. The report also predicts that economic well being around the world is likely to be negatively impact without any rapid reduction in emissions that are the product of our use of fossil fuels.

The good news however is it’s not too late according to Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate & Energy:

”The [IPCC] report makes it clear that we still have time to act. We can limit climate instability and adapt to some of the changes we see now. This report tells us that we have two clear choices: cut emissions now and invest in adaption or do nothing and face a world of devastating and unmanageable risks and impacts.”

Whilst the distance between what governments are doing and what the science is predicting is huge with the support of ordinary people like yourself we can lobby our elected representatives to do something and start building a more stable future for all of us.

Image courtesy of WWF

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WWF Thrilled Nepal Has Year Of Zero Poaching

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Sharat
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Mar 14 2014
WWF Thrilled Nepal Has Year Of Zero Poaching

The WWF says it is pleased to announce that Nepal was able to achieve a zero poaching incidence rate for the year ending February 2014.

The WWF has been working very hard to increase awareness around the illegal trade in wildlife all over the world so the news from Nepal is fantastic particularly when you consider rhinos, elephants and tigers are being rampantly poached in other parts of the world. This is the second year Nepal was able to celebrate a zero poaching success rate after having a fantastic year in 2011.

“The success of achieving zero poaching throughout the year is a huge achievement and a result of prioritizing a national need to curb wildlife crimes in the country. A national level commitment is key to encouraging complementing efforts, right down to the grassroots level, in order to address this biggest threat to wildlife not just in Nepal but across the world.” said Megh Bahadur Pandey, Director General of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

Zero poaching in Nepal was achieved by increased enforcement efforts and strengthened protection efforts which were led by the Nepalese government. The announcement was made to coincide with World Wildlife Day on the 3rd of March 2014.

Anil Manandhar the WWF representative in Nepal said it was something to be very proud of to be able to mark World Wildlife Day with the announcement that there had been zero poaching in Nepal for a year. He added that the WWF remains committed to working with the government and other conservation partners to ensure that efforts are maintained to sustain the success.

The WWF will also honour nine other organisations that played an important role in achieving the success of zero poaching in Nepal. This includes the Nepal Police, Nepal Army, Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, as well as the National Trust for Nature Conservation.

Image Courtesy of WWF

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WWF Earth Hour 2013 – 23-03-13

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alister
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Mar 15 2013
Earth Hour 2013

Not long now until Earth Hour 2013 folks, with just 8 days left at the time of writing. The whole spectacle kicks off at 8.30pm on Saturday 23rd March 2013, as millions of people turn off their lights for an hour to support pleas for more consideration to the planet and climate change.

This amazing annual event focuses on our need to protect the planet, after all, we only have one! Will you be one of the million supporters who choose to join in this year? If you do, there’s some amazing audiobooks available read by the likes of -

  • Kevin McCloud
  • Alistair McGowan
  • Miranda Richardson

who have recorded exclusive stories for you to listen to, simply by signing up for Earh Hour 2013. The series is called ‘Just So’, and will feature world renowned stories such as How the Camel got his Hump, The Crab that Played with the Sea and How the Whale got his Throat by celebrated author Rudyard Kipling. These have been specifically created for you to listen to on the night whilst your lights are off, and last a total of 60 minutes. They will be the perfect accompaniment to your hour of darkness, so why not light a candle, snuggle up under a duvet, at let these amazing actors read to you during Earth Hour 2013.

> > Click here for more info on ‘Just So’ stories

By turning your lights off for one hour this Saturday at 8.30pm, you will be showing the world that you want a better future for our planet. Here’s hoping that the world’s leaders join us in our stand against dirty fossil fuels and put plans into motion to use more green, renewable energy to help the planet during it’s hour of need. Earth Hour 2013. Are you doing enough to save the planet?

If you would like to help this amazing charity and the planet, why not purchase a WWF membership to help save threatened species and preserve life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for an eco-friendly family member or colleague, and your donations really count in helping to save the planet.

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Win £500 for Your Favourite Charity with Udopt

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alister
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Sep 21 2012
Win £500 for you Favourite Charity with Udopt

Here’s a chance for you to win £500 for your favourite charity, and all you need to do is ROAR about it the loudest! Udopt is a brand new charity donations website that allows you to adopt a whole host of interesting animals. Some cuddly, like a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy, some fierce, like a WWF Snow Leopard, and some just downright crazy, like the Aspinall Foundation’s Honey Badger!

To celebrate the launch of their awesome new website, they are giving YOU the chance to grab £500 for your favourite charity simply by signing up telling your friends about it. It’s really simple to do, and an amazing way to raise extra funds for the charity you hold closest to your heart. All you need to do is -

  • Enter your email address
  • Verify you subscription
  • Then choose which social networks to share on

You can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Google +, tumblr and inshore, or you can email a link to your friends so they can join in too. For each person that registers you receive one point, and the person with the most friends registered will win the £500 donation to their favourite charity.

You can even check how you are getting by revisiting the Udopt website and adding your registered email address to the box for your stats. I just tried this function out and it definitely works as I currently have no people signed up. Not for long, as I just sent the link out to all my friends via Facebook and Twitter at the touch of a button, hitting over 1000 friends in an instant. Let’s see how popular I really am!

Pretty simple eh? So what are you waiting for?! Let everyone see how big your roar is for Udopt, and a £500 donation could be winging its way to your favourite charity, absolutely free! Definitely something to shout about!

> > Click here to enter with Udopt

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Win £5000 at WWF Summer Raffle

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alister
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Jun 11 2012
Win £5000 at WWF Summer Raffle

Why not take part in the WWF summer raffle and not only help protect the natural world, but also be in with a chance to win £5000! Double whammy! The closing date is 9th July 2012, so you’ll have to hurry to make the most of this awesome charity raffle.

You can buy the tickets in books for £12 each, and if you register for Gift Aid, WWF get an 25p extra for every £1 you give as a donation at no extra cost. Here’s a simple breakdown of what your raffle donations could purchase to help the plight of the Asian elephant, who forest home is diminishing rapidly -

  • One book could pay for a noise cannon to move elephants from farmers fields without causing harm
  • Two books could pay for one waterproof sleeping bag for those monitoring the elephants
  • Three books could pay for the uniforms of two rangers to protect the elephants

As you can see, your donations will make a huge difference in protecting the Elephants and their habitat. Plus of course, the first prize is £5000, with second collecting £1000, and third scooping £500. Not bad prize funds for helping to save the environment!

WWF is working hard with it’s partners in Asia to help stop the destruction of the elephants’ forests and working hard with local communities to help them live alongside their neighbours. Every raffle ticket you buy or sell will not only help WWF safeguard threatened habitats like those in Asia, but put you in with a chance of winning a great cash prize, you can’t say fairer than that folks!

> > Click here to order raffle tickets online

If you would like to join the WWF you can find out more about the charities work at our WWF membership page. A membership is a monthly donation from as little as £3 a month that will go a long way to help save threatened species across the globe and their environment.

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Join The WWF Team for Bupa London 10K Run

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alister
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Apr 26 2012
10k Bupa Run for WWF

Fancy joining the WWF charity team as they take on the Bupa London 10K run on Sunday 27th May 2012? This fantastic event will use some of the planned marathon route for the London 2012 Olympic Games, but without the 26 miles distance! The run will take in some of London’s most famous landmarks, and is the perfect challenge for runners of all abilities.

This event has actually already sold out, but you can still take part as one of the WWF runners. Your continued support will make a huge difference in tackling some of the world’s most serious environmental challenges, and help WWF carry on building a future where people and nature thrive together.

Simply click on the link at the bottom of this post to fill in the online application to join the WWF team on what should be an amazing event for all your running enthusiasts.

Last year, Kim Taylor McFarlane took part in aid of the WWF animal charity, and she said -

It was a great experience to be a part of the WWF running team and I felt good doing something to support WWF’s terrific work. I had great support and thank you for meeting me on the day and cheering me along during the race. Can’t wait for my next challenge!

> > Click here for online application

Help WWF with a Membership

WWF Memberships helps the WWF to help save threatened species and preserve the biodiversity of life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for any eco-friendly friends, and they will receive -

  • WWF Membership handbook & card
  • Guide to green living
  • A pair of wildlife fridge magnets
  • WWF Action magazine – 3 issues every year
  • Family membership available from £4 a month

> > Click here for WWF membership today

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WWF Research Shows Staying in is the New Going Out

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alister
on
Apr 11 2012
Chef Tom Aikens

WWF UK research has shown that dinner parties have seem a massive upsurge in the last 5 years, with a whopping 312,000 hosted every single day in 2011. These figures come off the back of last month’s Earth Hour 2012, which showed that their were 13,000 dinner parties being held on the planet, per hour!

WWF charity officials, in conjunction with YouGov, found that 114 million dinner parties were held last year, that’s 20 million more than five years ago. So the saying ‘staying in is the new going out’ really does appear to ring true. WWF even teamed up with top chefs to create some sustainable recipes that will be great to enjoy at your dinner parties. to be enjoyed with friends and family, while switching the lights off and watching the sky plunge into darkness for an hour.

The recession is seen as one of the major reasons behind the massive growth in dinner party numbers, and that is back up by 31% of Brits who would host a dinner party because it’s cheaper than going to a restaurant. WWF also show which celebrities the British public would like at their dinner parties -

  • 24% George Clooney
  • 23% David Beckham
  • 21% Kylie Minogue
  • 20% Lord Alan Sugar
  • 19% Adele

Not sure I’d want any of them at mine personally, not when they’d be rubbing shoulders with Steve Coogan, Simon Cowell and Liv Tyler!

Michelin star chef, Tom Aikens, said -

The survey really shows that dinner parties are a great way to get your friends and family together for an evening of fun. For WWF’s Earth Hour I held a special Livewell dinner at my restaurant in Somerset House but everyone can cook sustainable food and do something for the environment with the people you love.

So a big thank you for everyone that took part in Earth Hour 2012 last month, the global phenomenon that show we need to look after our planet before it’s too late.

Help WWF with a Membership

WWF Memberships helps the WWF to help save threatened species and preserve the biodiversity of life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for any eco-friendly friends, and they will receive -

  • WWF Membership handbook & card
  • Guide to green living
  • A pair of wildlife fridge magnets
  • WWF Action magazine – 3 issues every year
  • Family membership available from £4 a month

> > Click here for WWF membership today

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Ben Fogle – WWF Nightrider

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alister
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Mar 1 2012
Ben Fogle - WWF Nightrider

WWF UK ambassador Ben Fogle will be helping to raise funds for the wildlife charity by riding 100km overnight around London landmarks on 9th and 10th June 2012 after you chose him to take part in the Nightrider event. WWF offered the public the chance to see Ben take part in a challenge of their choice, to help raise awareness and funds for their work in helping to protect the natural world. So with over 50% of the vote, Ben will now be taking part in this amazing 100km cycling challenge.

During the overnight ride, Ben will pass more than 50 of London’s most famous landmarks, including -

  • Tower Bridge
  • Canary Wharf
  • London Zoo
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Royal Albert Hall

to name but a few. The ride should take a minimum of 6 hours through the night, and you can join in yourself if you like! The event is currently sold out, but WWF still have some places left. Just click on the link below to fill in the online application form and join Ben on this amazing journey round London.

> > Click here for application

WWF’s High Profile Personalities Manager, Lucy Parratt, said -

Ben has been a high profile supporter of our work for some time, so we were delighted that he was willing to take up this challenge, and to let the public decide! We are delighted that so many people made their vote, so now it’s just a matter of Ben getting on his bike. Good luck Ben!

Help WWF with a Membership

WWF Memberships helps the WWF to help save threatened species and preserve the biodiversity of life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for any eco-friendly friends, and they will receive -

  • WWF Membership handbook & card
  • Guide to green living
  • A pair of wildlife fridge magnets
  • WWF Action magazine – 3 issues every year
  • Family membership available from £4 a month

> > Click here for WWF membership today

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Congo Forest Witnesses Visit Westminster

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alister
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Feb 23 2012
Congo Forest Witnesses Visit Westminster

WWK UK are pleased to see people affected by illegal logging coming to the UK to visit Westminster to tell politicians that the type of wood we buy is having an effect on Central Africa. The three forest ‘witnesses’ from the Democratic Republic of Congo have traveled over to share their experiences of the devastating impacts illegal logging can have on forests with MPs.

The trio hope that by meeting politicians at Westminster they can try to ensure that timber imported to the UK is responsibly sourced. As of March 2013, a new EU regulation means that those supplying timber will have to prove that it was legally sourced, as currently the UK is the third highest importer of products made from illegal timber.

Head of Forest Policy and Trade at WWF UK, Beatrix Richards, said -

The forest witnesses are here to remind politicians that they need not only to ensure key legislation is in place to exclude illegal timber from the UK, but also that this timber comes from responsibly managed forests. People in the UK can help by ensuring the timber products they buy are FSC certified.

A WWF survey found that many EU countries are using far too much illegal and unsustainable timber, with nine countries still not prepared to implement measures for the upcoming timber regulation. Choosing FSC certified wood products is the best way for the public to ensure that timber has been harvested in the correct manner.

Let’s hope British government officials and the rest Europe fall into line before March 2013, and help developing countries in their struggle to halt the illegal timber production that is not just destroying their land, but also the habitats of thousands of animals.

Help WWF with a Membership

WWF Memberships helps the WWF to help save threatened species and preserve the biodiversity of life on Earth. This is a great charity gift for any eco-friendly friends, and they will receive -

  • WWF Membership handbook & card
  • Guide to green living
  • A pair of wildlife fridge magnets
  • WWF Action magazine – 3 issues every year
  • Family membership available from £4 a month

> > Click here for WWF membership today

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