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United Nations Report Warns us all

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Today the United Nations published their long awaited report on the impact of Climate Change, the reasons for this, and the ways in which we can all work together to turn around the damage done by the world’s population to our planet.

Old Macdonald’s Farm is proud to be a member of the British and Irish Zoos and Aquariums Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change and to have been involved in the preparation of guidelines for Zoos to act in a responsible way, and we will very soon be publishing their response to this important work.

The United Nations committee have brought to our attention two important aspects of this. The first is “mitigation”, how can we slow down the human causes of Climate Change. The second is adaptation, which is how can we protect communities from the impact. On other stories on our educational website you will be reminded of the floods this year which are vivid examples of the impact of the alterations in the weather and which are likely to be repeated in future years.

In the meantime we trust that all schools, and indeed school children, will think about the way they live and take the small actions, such as recycling, care in use of water and electricity, cutting down on driving, buying local food and others that can make a world of difference to protect this world of ours. Billions of small steps travel a long way.

Crisis looms for European Vultures

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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Old Macdonald’s Farm ask all of you reading this website to help us, and our colleagues in other Zoos, to protect the important European Vulture. Vultures are an important part of the eco system and have a vital role in keeping areas clean. They are part of the world around us.

We would like to draw your attention to the recent news that Diclofenac (the same anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal) has been authorised for use on domestic animals in Italy and in Spain, home to 80% of European vultures, and is now becoming widely available on the EU market.  This not only poses a serious risk of a mass die off of endangered and ecologically valuable European wildlife, but is a terrible message to be sending to those countries who have made such huge advocacy efforts to ban it in recent years.

 

We would therefore strongly encourage you to consider signing the following petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/european-union-diclofenac-the-vulture-killing-drug-is-now-available-on-eu-market