In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 March World Wildlife Day. An annual celebration, this global event celebrates the Earth's vast biodiversity. However, it simultaneously seeks to educate people about endangered plant and animal species, with the aim of reducing wildlife crime, human carbon emissions and exploitation of natural habitats for industry.
The theme for World Wildlife Day 2020 is "Sustaining all life of Earth". This theme is especially pertinent as it examines the natural symbiosis between plant life, animals and humans, which has been tipped out of balance due to over farming, deforestation and poaching.
This World Wildlife Day seeks to highlight the drastic need to restore this balance to ensure our continued survival on Earth. The initiative intends to speak directly to the communities who live closest to the world's most diverse biomes, thus opening discussions on threats these areas are facing and the urgent need for governments, civil society, the private sector and individuals to take actions to help conserve wildlife and ensure its continued sustainability.
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The smallest of actions can go a long way towards sustaining all life on Earth. This World Wildlife Day, do your bit by getting involved in one or more initiatives in your community. Here are a few unique ways you can celebrate the day with your friends, family and greater community:
Commit to sustainable living this World Wildlife Day and make it your motto to #DoOneThingToday for the rest of 2020. Let this be the start of 364 more days of personal activism and continual change. The smallest tweaks to your everyday life can make the biggest impact.
One of the greatest ways to make a change is by becoming a responsible consumer. Whether this means eliminating the use of single-use plastics in your home, recycling your waste or transforming your garden into a water-wise ecosystem.
This World Wildlife Day, we also encourage you to become conscious about where your clothing comes from. The fashion industry is one of the most destructive forces against natural habitats, often guilty of polluting rivers with harmful chemicals, over farming and exploiting vulnerable communities for cheap labour. Here's how you can begin making changes to the way in which you consume fashion:
Check your clothing for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) stamp of approval. This worldwide initiative is working to "make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future". You can get your own BCI approved wardrobe staples at Woolworths fashion stores. Woolies committed to BCI standards in 2017 and have since been steadily investing in lessening the harsh impacts of their manufacturing processes on the environment.
Cotton On also recently launched their own BCI basics range of tees and denims, helping you look your very best while feeling comfortable and making a difference.
All about keeping it local? Invest in a few choice pieces from one of these local sustainable fashion brands, for everything from work wardrobe staples, to active wear and formal menswear.
Have you ever heard of the term 'capsule closet'? A wardrobe that holds only the bare minimum - devoid of items that you rarely wear or are saving for that "special occasion". This minimalist hack is an ideal way to clear your wardrobe of clutter and unnecessary waste, creating a clearer head space for yourself and helping to give back to those in need. Once your closet has been striped to its skeleton, donate your pre-loved clothes to these deserving NPOs this World Wildlife Day.
Alternatively, you can ditch fast fashion fads by going on a thrifting journey through Johannesburg. Not only will you save precious pennies, but you will be contributing to the fight against biodiversity loss, both on land and in the sea. Plus, thrift stores often stock one-of-a-kind pieces sure to help you stand out from the crowd.
Take your sustainable living commitment to the next level this World Wildlife Day by visiting the WWF SA online store. They stock a wide variety of men's, women's and children's jackets and t-shirts made from sustainable cotton and recycled materials. Kit the whole family out in cute WWF SA panda tees and show your support for their wildlife conservation efforts. The WWF SA gift store also features a number of nifty items to help you along the way towards sustainable living. From re-usable coffee cups, to silistraws, tote shopping bags, thermal flasks and children's toys, they have all you need to become an urban eco-warrior.
Well, there you have it! All the ways that you can contribute to a better, cleaner and greener environment this World Wildlife Day. If you have any other suggestions on how to contribute to this initiative, let us know about them!
Located at the three-level Food and Entertainment Court in Cresta, the oceanic experience introduces the beauty and magic of marine life to shoppers and the surrounding community. The aquarium provides shoppers with an unusual yet exciting opportunity to see, learn and appreciate this unique environment. Get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most vibrant little creatures, corals and underwater plants. With over 30 species, shoppers will be able to enjoy the tranquility of the ocean, right in the middle of Joburg.
Not only was it designed to entertain Cresta's shoppers, but it was also created to educate and promote behaviour change in order to protect our oceans. The interactive and educational displays that have been set up around the tank will allow children and families to touch, discover, explore and learn.
Cresta Shopping Centre partnered with the best in the business in aquarium construction and with expert marine consultants to ensure the project and construction of the aquarium was a detailed and flawless success, while also ensuring the safety and happiness of the ocean life introduced to it. The certified and regulated aquaria specialists ensure the selected ocean fish are cared for constantly. Each fish was hand-selected according to compatibility and natural distribution.
Passionate about the power of the young imagination and with a desire to include the community in centre activities, Cresta challenged high school children in the Cresta area to imagine, create and design a mascot that would represent the CrestAquarium and be a mouthpiece for ocean conservation messages. A design created by grade 10 student, Rebecca Byker of Northcliff High School, was selected out of many talented entries. Byker won R10 000 for her vision and design, as well as R10 000 for her school. “I was inspired by the colours of ocean life to create her outfit, her hair is inspired by an anemone. She has adapted to her oceanic life, as can be seen by her gills, webbed fingers and anemone-like hair,” describes Byker.
One of the key purposes of the CrestAquarium is to provide shoppers and guests the unique opportunity to explore an underwater world that they may never have the opportunity to see or engage with, and hope to spark a love for these creatures and a desire to protect them. A key vision of the aquarium is to educate shoppers, and especially the youth on how they can act now to protect the future of the oceans - such as recycling and being conscious of the sustainable fish list.
As part of this vision, Cresta has brought the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) onboard to help drive education about marine conservation and to provide a way for shoppers to act in support for the protection of our oceans. The DICT Wave of Change will be a feature at the CrestAquarium to drive the educational message about plastic recycling and to provide them an opportunity to donate to the Trust via Snapscan to support their conservation efforts.
*Movie nights will take place at the Upper Level Food Court, between Mugg & Bean and Chateau Gateaux. So, gather your family and your favourite blankie for a cosy night filled with fun. To book for the Movie Night, visit Quicket to secure your spot. Tickets cost R20 and includes popcorn and drinks, but hurry as limited tickets are available.
For more information about Cresta Shopping Centre and the CrestAquarium, visit www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za.