World Wildlife Day
In 2013 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day. This choice of date commemorates the signature of the "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" or CITES back in 1973. It is a day to celebrate and raise awareness for the world’s wild animals and plants.
In 2020 the theme is "Sustaining all life on Earth", including not only all wild animals but also all wild plant species as necessary parts of the Earth's biodiversity.
Here is a link to the UNGA resolution.
World Wildlife Day is the primary global annual event dedicated to wildlife. However, we are destroying wild life and wild habitat at a frightening rate, and climate change is beginning to play a huge part in our continued destruction of our planetary home. This following article details this and is actually one of the more conservative estimates of this damage: Humanity 'Sleepwalking Towards the Edge of a Cliff': 60% of Earth's Wildlife Wiped Out Since 1970. The article stresses that we must
. . . shift away from the notion that wildlife must be protected simply for the sake of ensuring that future generations can see species like elephants, polar bears and other endangered animals in the wild. Rather, the survival of the planet's ecosystems is now a matter of life and death for the human population, according to the WWF. (op. cit.)
Hopefully this provides us incentive to play . . . with Spirit! We are going to play parts from a Guinean rhythm called Soliwoulen for World Wildlife Day,
Soliwoulen is a mask and dance of the Malinke. Soliwoulen translates as "Red Panther." Only one master Shaman who dances as Soliwoulen, and in this dance he makes predictions for the village, occasionally for individuals, and prescribes the appropriate sacrifices to prevent bad things from happening.
"The spirit of Soliwoulen battles the bad spirits in the village."
Soliwoulen is the spirit charged with protecting the uninitiated children—and I can't think of a healthier way to think of all the threatened wildlife on hthis planet in the wake of human expansionism! So let's play this rhythm with the intention to make the changes needed to preserve ALL the diverse endangered.
Today's Video Lesson:
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