Event by Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV)

Earth’s wildlife is running out of time, but you can help stop the clock. Here’s how it works:
𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝟏) Get your running (or walking) shoes ready!
𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝟐) Gather a few friends to join, or go solo! If there are lockdown restrictions in your part of the world, you can also walk 5k in steps within the comfort of your home.
𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝟑) Track the time it takes to complete your 5k on any free app. Bonus points for completing your 5k dressed up as your favorite endangered species, then share your photos and tag ENV!
𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝟒) Donate the amount of time it took to complete your 5k (e.g. 45 minutes = $45 donation), or any amount that is comfortable for you. You can donate to end wildlife trafficking in Vietnam at this link https://env4wildlife.org/running-out-of-time/
𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝟓) For greater impact, you can ask friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors to sponsor your walk/run.

 

WHY IT MATTERS

One of the biggest threats to wildlife around the globe is the illegal wildlife trade, the 4th largest black-market industry after humans, weapons, and drugs. Taking species out of their natural ecosystem where they play important roles balancing the food chain and maintaining environmental health has become increasingly popular in recent years, completely destroying our world’s biodiversity. Vietnam has one of the highest demands for wildlife out of any country in the entire world, while Vietnam’s location makes it a hub for trafficking routes to other Asian markets. Vietnam’s role in the illegal wildlife trade threatens species from all corners of the globe, and it won’t end until we stop it.

HOW ENV TACKLES THE PROBLEM

ENV tackles both the demand for wildlife and supply of wildlife through creative, strategic, and decisive actions. ENV educates tens of millions of people across Vietnam every year, raising their awareness for the need to protect wildlife, while also influencing them to take action by rejecting and reporting wildlife crime. Changing public opinion and behavior towards wildlife creates the long-term change that’s needed for a sustainable future.
On the supply side, ENV receives reports of wildlife for sale or being smuggled and works with law enforcement to confiscate live wild animals and wildlife products before they reach the buyer. ENV also sees to it that all major wildlife criminals are arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned. This action diminishes the supply of wildlife to consumers and creates deterrence as the risk of trading wildlife becomes more severe.

More info about this event, campaign, and ENV’s work can be found at this link https://env4wildlife.org/running-out-of-time/

(Disclaimer: This is not an AusCham Vietnam event, but is promoted in good faith as an event that may or may not be of interest to AusCham’s members).