Saturday, July 16, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know that 2011 is WWF's 50 years anniversary! 

50 years of conversation, of making a difference, of success stories, but also continuing commitment and challenges. If you want to learn more about the history of WWF please CLICK HERE for an excellent decade and year by year account of their history and their achievements. Or if history isn't your thing why not read their 50 stories which represent some of their biggest successes over the 50 years. Or why not simply download the FREE book 'For a Living Planet' by CLICKING HERE. For those of you who are collectors (and in the UK) WWF are producing a commemorative minted 50p (get it?) coin featuring 50 different animals and plants with the iconic panda logo at the centre designed by artist Matthew Dent.  I'm not a coin collector in any way, but this coin looks seriously cool. 
 
Other anniversary related activities that you can get involved in are: 
 
Astonish Me
Did you know an incredible 15,000 species are discovered every year? To celebrate their 50th anniversary, acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff and director Charles Sturridge have created a magical tale of adventure and discovery and showcase some of the most amazing species recently discovered around the world, such as (my favorite) the Colossal squid.

The film will be released on 29 July, exclusively in Odeon cinemas across the UK
You could also win a once-in-a-lifetime experience to find out how new species discoveries are made, see fantastic wildlife and go behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Enter the competition by CLICKING HERE.

Big Forest Picnic - 20th August 2011
As it is the UN’s International Year of Forests this year, WWF are teeming up with Visit Woods and Progressio this summer to celebrate the many ways woodlands enrich our lives and how important forests are to people all over the world. So on August 20th across woodlands in the UK there will be many a story-telling being done in woods.

Many of the wood products we use in our every day lives come from countries like Indonesia and the Congo Basin where people not only love forests but depend on them for their livelihoods. These forests are threatened by illegal and unsustainable logging. You can help protect forests and communities who depend on them by choosing FSC certified wood and paper. For more information on the Big Picnic and updates please CLICK HERE.

What will you save? 
WWF's aim is to create a beautiful map of global awareness that grows every time a new user takes a journey. With all our help they can make this a living, breathing record of global support for these issues and continue the change. Connect with the wider world and together we can change things for the better. For more information please CLICK HERE.

And remember we are all always connected (spread the word):


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