Take action

There are many ways you can take action in your own home to help protect our beautiful planet and the people and animals that live on it. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • WWF's Earth Hour

     

    Earth Hour is a worldwide annual event organised by WWF. People, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change and to show their support for sustainable living. It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour.

    By 2010, it had grown into the largest environmental campaign on the planet, with 1.8 billion people taking part across 128 countries and every continent. Some of the World's most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders took part as well - the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye and Big Ben, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House all switched their lights off for the hour!

    There's more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year though. It's all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet. As well as taking part in Earth Hour, look at the other suggestions on this page for how you can take action in your daily life.

    Earth Hour - 8.30pm, Saturday 28th March 2014. Can you help us make it the biggest Earth Hour yet? Go to our website to find out more. There's some fun games and activities on there especially for kids as well.

  • Polar bear party

    Why not hold a polar bear party to raise funds to help WWF?

     

    Polar bears are one of the many threatened species that WWF is working hard to protect. The biggest threat to polar bears is climate change, as it's affecting the Arctic sea ice that many polar bears need in order to hunt for food and raise their young. WWF is helping to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are partly responsible for the melting of the polar bears' sea ice habitat.

    Here are some ideas to make your party a success:

    • Use our polar bear party invitations to let people know about your party.
    • Theme the room where you'll be holding your party with wintery decorations like our paper snowflakes and white or silver balloons.
    • Bake some of our cute polar bear cubcakes for your guests.
    • Give everybody a pot of white modelling dough to make their own mini-polar bears.
    • Run a raffle with prizes. You might like to have a WWF polar bear adoption as a prize!
    • Use our explorers' room sign to let everybody know where the toilet is, and our polar bear pot sign to show them where to put their donations.
    • Run a polar bear quiz with prizes. Somebody will need to be the quiz master and read out the questions.

    Useful information for adults:
    Firstly - thank you for thinking about holding a polar bear party! There are just a few things we need to tell you about.

    - This should be a private party, not a public function.
    - Money should be counted and sent in by an adult.
    - Donations should be sent to Go Wild, WWF-UK, FREEPOST (NATN 1921), Godalming, GU7 1BR.
    - Please send donations by cheque, as cash may get lost in the post and include your name/s and address.
  • Beach clean

    Some of our most loved wildlife is at risk from the rubbish in our seas.

     

    Many sea creatures eat, or become tangled up in pieces of litter, which can injure or even kill them. Litter can also make our beaches dangerous to people, as well as spoiling their natural beauty.

    Doing a beach clean doesn't need to take too much effort or time and it's a fun way to meet new people. There are lots of organisations that organise group beach cleans for you to take part in safely.

    The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) organise the Beachwatch Big Weekend once a year (always the third weekend in September). They also organise cleans of some beaches more often than that.

    Go to their website to find out more , and to see what beach cleans are coming up in your local area.

     

     

  • Visit a local forest

     

    Why not go on a day out to a local forest to see what kind of habitats and wildlife you can see? Walking in the woods is a lovely thing to do with your family and friends and it can help to keep you fit too! Print off a copy of our woodland spotter sheet and tick off different species as you spy them.

    You can find woods near you online, by entering your postcode into the Woodland Trust's website.

  • Help save the mountain gorilla   

     

    Mountain gorillas like Enzi are seriously under threat with only approximately 780 of them left in the wild. Their biggest threat is loss of habitat. Human disease is also a problem for them. Because gorillas are close relatives of ours, they can catch many of the same diseases. Because they haven't had a lot of our diseases before, the first time they are exposed to them, can wipe out a whole population.

    Can you help us to raise awareness of the problems faced by mountain gorillas, and how important it is that we take action now to help save them?

    Here's a poster about mountain gorillas that you can print off, colour in and add facts to (have a look at our mountain gorilla fact file to research your facts). Once you've decorated your poster, why not ask if you can put it up somewhere in your school, so that all your classmates and teachers can see it? Or maybe you are a brownie or a scout and you could put it up in your brownie or scout hut? If you hold your own fundraising event, the poster could be really helpful too.

    You're a Go Wild star - thank you!

  • Buy sustainable

     

    One of the biggest threats to a lot of wildlife, including the Bengal tiger, is loss of habitat. This is often from people cutting down trees to use in paper or wood products, or to make way for roads, and clearing areas to use for farming (particularly oil palm plantations in the areas that tigers and orang-utans live in).

    You can help stop this by buying only products that are sustainably farmed, or wood and paper products from sustainable forests.

    So when you're out shopping with your mum or dad, look for:

    • certified paper and wood products (look for the FSC logo to tell if something is certified or not)
      FSC logo
    • products made from certified sustainable palm oil (look for the RSPO logo to be sure that they are certified)
      RSPO logo
    • sustainable coffee (it should say on the packaging if it's sustainable)

    If your local shops don't stock these products - ask them why!

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

    Households in the UK send 18 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill yearly.

     

    That's more than any other country in Europe!

    Top ten tips to reduce waste

    Why don't you do some of these over a week and see how much less rubbish you throw away than normal?

    • Take a plastic carrier bag when you go to the shops, instead of picking up a new one.
    • Take any clothes, shoes, books or toys you don't want any more to a charity shop.
    • Reuse an envelope by covering the old address with a label and sealing it using sticky tape.
    • Clean out old food jars and pots to use for storage.
    • Cut scrap pieces of A4 paper into quarters, staple them together and use as a notepad.
    • Get creative with your rubbish and make a kitchen roll penguin.
    • Use a clean, empty plastic water or soft drink bottle as a drink bottle for school.
    • Get recycling in the garden and use an empty egg box or a plastic cup or yoghurt pot (with holes punched in the bottom) as a container for seedlings.
    • Use empty plastic drink bottles, or yoghurt pots to make a bird feeder or a bird cake.