Today is the first United Nations World Wildlife Day.
In the UN's own words; "World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts."
The Guardian points we should be mindful that it will be next year in Paris before the aptly named Climate Deal where "governments have pledged to ink a new universal agreement on climate change – one aimed at sparing the planet and its people from dangerous, unchecked global warming."
Life may yet still be beautiful, but the world is changing. We must act now as we can not afford to fail to protect it.