April 22nd 2017 is Earth Day, where communities around the world come together to spread awareness of climate change, wildlife conservation, education and gender quality, among many other projects. For Earth Day 2017, we asked the teams from each region for shorex examples that support the principles of Earth Day, including ideas from Australia, Ireland, India, Spain, Mauritius, Vietnam and The Philippines…..

Animal Rehabilitation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Join the fight against illegal animal trade with Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, which since 2007has recovered, rehabilitated & returned over 5000 animals to the wild, including many endangered species. Raising public awareness of wildlife protection is key and guests will learn about what they can do to protect the biodiversity of Vietnam.

Marine Sustainability in Ireland 

Understand West Cork marine conservation projects with a local wildlife expert during a coastal ride on a fuel-efficient boat. Guests will learn about and view beautiful sea-life and the stunning natural coastline with ancient Irish castles, which will be given further context as they meet the locals on Cape Clear, a small island of just 120 people.

Eco-Feminism in India

Support ancient traditions, the environment and social progress by visiting a 5000 year old village to view traditional methods for growing medicinal plants, rubber tapping, coconut plucking & pottery. Guests will also plant a tree at an eco-feminist village, where 111 trees are planted every time a girl is born, promoting gender equality and sustainability.

Community Development in Manila, The Philippines

Help the Gawad Kalinga Pinagsama community rise out of poverty in Manila. Guests will join a local family, hearing their stories of poverty and future hope during a home-cooked meal, before visiting the different social enterprises and an NGO that aims to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024, including 2500 Filipino communities.

Lynx Preservation in Cadiz/Huelva, Spain

Learn about Doñana Reserve, a protected natural area near Cadiz that is home to over 300 species of bird. Guests will travel 70km in special off road vehicles, viewing various ecosystems, birds of prey and mammals, including perhaps the elusive Lynx, whose preservation program is led by the driver-guide, considered a local hero by many.

Wildlife Warriors in Australia

Assist wildlife conservation projects at Australia Zoo, which helped make Steve Irwin a national icon and has a mission to protect injured, threatened and endangered wildlife. Guests get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the animals being cared for at Australia’s largest Wildlife Hospital, where will discuss their life-saving work.

Nature Conservation in Mauritius

Discover an island of beautiful white beaches managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, which is devoted to the conservation of endemic flora & fauna. Guests will observe rare species in their natural environment – the pink pigeon, colourful day gecko & giant tortoise, as well as encounter sea-life while snorkelling at a protected marine reserve.

For more information on Earth Day, visit http://www.earthday.org/