For over 16 years, IFAW’s Animal Action Week has been addressing issues regarding animal welfare and conservation. This year’s theme is Under One Sky, which examines human and animal bonds, along with the importance of protecting biodiversity.
“Animals have fascinated and inspired us since the earliest years of human civilization. They are an integral part of the web of life. Yet today, animals and their vital habitat face more threats than ever before. Animals, like people, need a home that provides food, water, shelter and space. It’s our responsibility to protect animals and our planet’s vital ecosystems if we want to leave a better world for future generations,” said DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board Member.
Animal Action Week is intended to raise people’s awareness about how their actions impact animals and the environment both near and far.
The program includes a number of ways people can get involved to change the world for animals and the environment, including building animal homes from gardening to box houses, along with an art contest for students. The winner’s art will be used for next year’s Animal Action Education campaign.
Additionally, IFAW is providing free educational materials for teachers, parents and community members that cover topics including biodiversity, natural habitats and the human and animal bond that are geared towards children grades 3-9.
Check out the Animal Action Week site for more ways to get involved and sign IFAW’s pledge to help protect animals and the environment.