In line with the "Earth Day 2019 — Protect Our Species" campaign worldwide on April 22, several Taiwan organizations will co-launch a series of activities on April 20 and 21 at the National Taiwan Museum's Nanmen Park to raise awareness on the plight of wildlife species in cities and other urban areas, while offering eco-friendly measures that could bring them back.
In addition to the museum, participating organizations include Taiwan Environmental Information Association (台灣環境資訊協會), Rural Development Foundation (農村發展基金會), and Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation (慈心有機農業發展基金會). They have even created a catch phrase — "eco-friendly initiatives can bring wildlife back to the cities" — to inspire local citizens to work together and develop an urban ecosystem in which humanity can harmoniously coexist with Mother Nature.
The World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report 2018 shows that the population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians posted an astonishing 60% decline worldwide in just about 40 years from 1970 to 2014. The top threats to species identified in the report are linked directly to human activities, including habitat loss and environmental degradation, and the excessive consumption of wildlife such as overfishing and overhunting.
This year, the global Earth Day campaign has adopted the theme "Protect Our Species" to help people face the reality of how biodiversity is on the brink of collapse, and to emphasize how all species are integral and irreplaceable in the ecosystem no matter how small they are.
The National Taiwan Museum has promoted Earth Day activities for nine straight years. This year, the topics will encompass green urban corridors, urban farming, migratory birds in cities, and solitary bees. Eco-friendly action plans for urban life will also be offered through a series of activities including farmers' bazaar, NGO advocacy, concerts, DIY workshops, forums, and film screenings.
The organizers have invited 50 groups of eco-friendly farmers and produce stores to set up stalls at Nanmen Park on April 20 and 21. Ten NGO units will also promote biodiversity conservation by offering hands-on challenges and games. Participants will receive the chance to win a commemorative bee-shaped pin or a glass straw.
The "Earth Forum" program will address the urban ecological network, in which animals like bats, birds, and solitary bees live peacefully alongside each other. These topics will be delivered by Sha Rong-shen (夏榮生), a senior official at the Forestry Bureau (林務局); Secretary-General Chou Jen-han (周政翰) of the Bat Association of Taiwan (台灣蝙蝠學會); Cai Ming-hsien (蔡明憲), founder of the Urban Beekeeping (社大養蜂計畫) project for community colleges in Taiwan; and Fong Shun (馮雙), a lecturer from the Wild Bird Society of Taipei (台北鳥會).
The "Earth Cinema" program will screen documentaries including "Monkey Kingdom" and "Racing Extinction" selected from the WildView Taiwan Film Festival in association with Wildscreen UK, followed by a workshop on the current status quo of the planet and the "Earth Concert" program.
The National Taiwan Museum calls upon the general public to protect biodiversity through good deeds in daily life, such as supporting eco-friendly products and taking heed of environmental issues, to create a sustainable Taiwan where humans and nature can coexist in peace.
The full April 20-21 program is available here.