Happy #InternationalRedPandaDay! Did you know that red pandas are just slightly larger than a domestic cat? These forest dwellers use their bushy tails to help keep balance as they navigate through trees. They feed mainly on leaves and bamboo, but occasionally snack on fruit, insects, bird eggs, and small lizards, too. Learn more about them by following the link in our bio.
Compared to the Amazon, the Pantanal can be overlooked. But the world’s largest tropical wetland is also one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Jaguars, jabiru storks, hyacinth macaws, capybaras, and maned wolves, all call the Pantanal home, along with more than 4,700 other species of plants and animals. While much of the Pantanal remains intact, less than 2% of the wetland is federally protected leaving the Pantanal open to threats like deforestation, pollution, and other environmental pressures. WWF is working with national governments and local communities to protect the Pantanal from growing threats and conserve its native species. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about 5 species who call the Pantanal home.
WWF’s Alex Rosenberg was recently in Botswana. While there, she came face to face with nature’s largest land mammal. “This was an incredible experience, but also one that left me with mixed emotions. We watched him for several minutes before continuing our journey down Botswana’s Okavango Delta. I couldn’t help feel both elated and heartbroken to witness an elephant up close in the wild in all his beauty while knowing that humanity is threatening his species’ survival due to the demand for ivory. That’s why I work for WWF – because we can all play a role in saving iconic species like elephants. We can be the generation to save them.” #PandaPaddle is one way you can join the fight to protect iconic species like the elephant, as well as the wild places they call home. What wild places and species will you paddle for on October 20?
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When we waste food, we also waste the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane – a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. By making simple changes, you can help fight climate change and protect our planet. Want tips for preventing food waste and preventing climate change? Click the link in our bio.
An unexpected solution to climate change is right under our feet. The way we use land – like mangroves, grasslands, and forests – can help us prevent global temperatures from increasing. Trees, grasslands, and soil absorb carbon and use it for the health of our planet. Help fight climate change through better land use. Click the link in our bio for more on the land-climate connection.
Healthy ecosystems play a critical role in fighting climate change. They help regulate the Earth’s temperature and natural cycles by pulling harmful, heat-trapping gases out of the atmosphere. But not all ecosystems have the fame and glory of the Amazon. Brazil’s Cerrado savanna covers more than 20% of the country. It’s the world’s most biodiverse savanna, home to an astonishing 5% of the Earth’s plants and animal species, like jaguars, giant anteaters, maned wolves, and armadillos. While ecosystems like the Cerrado may not be household names, they support an incredible range of wildlife, as well as millions of people and their communities. Follow the link in our bio to explore more of the lesser-known ecosystems that keep our planet livable and help fight climate change.
Today people are marching for real climate leadership. On September 12-14, #GCAS2018 will bring together US and international leaders who are committed to turning the tide in the fight against climate change. What happens after that? It depends on all of us taking action on climate. #RiseForClimate
Today, ahead of #GCAS2018, WWF is excited to host four young activists from across the US who will share how climate change has impacted them in their lifetime. You don’t want to miss it.
In SF and want to join us in person? DM @wwf_act for the RSVP link. Or catch our livestream at 3pm PT on https://www.facebook.com/worldwildlifefund
From Puerto Rico to Alaska and Louisiana to California, these environmentalists will give their personal accounts of hurricanes taking an exceptional toll; entire villages relocating due to sea ice melt; levee systems repeatedly failing against rising flood waters; and intensifying wildfires leveling whole communities. They’ll share how they’re taking action against climate change—and what YOU can do to help lead the charge.
The world’s forests are disappearing quickly. In fact, forests are being lost at a rate of about 27 soccer fields per minute. The loss of these forests, filled with trees and other plants, drives climate change. But there is still hope for the future. Help fight climate change by protecting the world’s forests. Follow the link in our bio.
The food we eat impacts our planet. Food production is responsible for 75% of global deforestation. Forests provide a vast array of resources to all of us, including food, wood, medicine, fresh water, and the air we breathe. Without trees, the ecosystem that supports the human population can fall apart. Eating smart can help protect the world’s forests and fight climate change. Click the link in our bio for more.
It's Amazon Day! Today we bring awareness to an area that contains half of the planet’s remaining tropical forests, one in ten known species on Earth, and 4,100 miles of winding rivers. A few members of our team are lucky enough to be in the Amazon on this special day and were thrilled at a bird sighting this morning. A jabiru stork put on a show while they were finishing a field visit in one of the first protected areas created through Brazil’s Amazon Region Protected Areas program. “The elegance and size of the jabiru is astounding. It happens to be the tallest flying bird, at 5 ft tall, in Central and South America and it has the second largest wingspan on the continent! Our guide lit up when he saw the bird, as he has known it since it was rescued in this same park at just one week old. ” – Jill Schwartz, Senior Director of WWF-US Forest Communication. WWF has been working in the Amazon for 40 years and is at the forefront of efforts to protect the forests, wildlife, and people that call it home. Photo by @daysedge
We’re excited to announce that our featured performance at Panda Paddle will be local San Diego musician @TristanPrettyman. Don’t miss her only show this year in support of WWF’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild places around the world. October 20th. Mission Bay, San Diego. Be there. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.