Making the Most of #WorldWildlifeDay

Video Hangouts

How to make the most of World Wildlife Day on the Social Web, aka Surf, Stream and Share

Ask questions that matter to you … and share what you learn
Read the posts on Twitter tagged #WorldWildlifeDay
Watch and ask questions during a real-time hangout
Curate a Wildlife Flipboard or Storify feature
Curate a YouTube wildlife playlist
Wiki (edit the Wikipedia or another wiki)
Recommend wildlife experts to follow on Twitter
Recommend wildlife videos to watch on Vimeo and YouTube

Some background

World Wildlife Day takes place each year on March 3 and focuses global attention on biodiversity and wildlife. In 2015 there will be a record number of live video panels showcasing current efforts of conservation and countering wildlife crime. The Planeta Wiki digs deep and shows how to make the most of World Wildlife Day on the Social Web and where to find information about World Wildlife Day.

Some history. World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd, the date that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. The goal of World Wildlife Day is to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora; recall the privileged interactions between wildlife and populations across the globe; and raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.


The number one reason that mires our appreciation and conservation of wildlife is simply is a gap in our communication. What’s being done is mostly unsaid. Expert panels are unknown by the public. Do your friends and family know ….

What is the IUCN Red List?
What is the IUCN Green List?
What is CITES?
What wildlife conservation issues are on the agenda at July’s 39th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee?

What were the outcomes of last year’s World Parks Congress?

Take a step back and reflect … 
What are the questions we should be asking about wildlife?
What are the questions we should be asking about wildlife crime?

Live Video Conversations and Hangouts

For World Wildlife Day — March 3 — hosts two live Google+ hangouts. Please let Ron Mader know if you would like to appear on camera. Otherwise, questions are welcome before and during the hangout via the Q&A app. Relevant links are also welcome and may be recycled on the Planeta Wiki.

March 2, World Wildlife Day Hangout, 430pm Las Vegas = 630pm Mexico, 730pm NYC, 6am (next day) Mumbai, 130pm (next day) Auckland, 1130am (next day) Sydney

March 3, World Wildlife Day Hangout, 830am Las Vegas = 1030am Mexico, 1130am NYC, 430pm London, 530pm Kiruna, 630pm Cape Town, 10pm Mumbai

Where to find information about World Wildlife Day
Hashtags: #WorldWildlifeDay

March 3 is World Wildlife Day #WorldWildlifeDay @WildlifeDay (attribution-sharealike license)

March 3 Hashtags: #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime #WorldWildlifeDay @WildlifeDay

#WorldWildlifeDay Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 7.20.04 AM

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Some of the events we’re paying attention in March 2015

March 2 430pm Las Vegas World Wildlife Day Hangout

March 3, 830am Las Vegas World Wildlife Day Hangout

March 4-8 Te Matatini Kapa Haka (Christchurch, New Zealand) Facebook

March 9 830am Las Vegas Responsible Travel and Wildlife Conservation Hangout

March 9-13 Open Education Week (more info about oer)

March 11 Responsible Tourism in Destinations Conference (Dublin, Ireland) #RTD9

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland)

March 21 Birthday: Benito Juárez (Mexico)

March 20 UN International Day of Happiness

March 21 International Day of Forests @FAOForestry

March 22 World Water Day

March 2015 National Parks Calendar: Glacier @GlacierNPS @NatlParkService #usawild  (attribution-sharealike license)

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Net Neutrality

Net neutrality = Principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment and modes of communication.

Buzzword Bingo: Net Neutrality

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Communities, Digital Inclusion and Engaging Events #c20conf

Rough Draft. Edit in process

More on the Planeta Wiki:

Feb 25 – 26 Communities 2.0 Celebration of Achievement Conference , Cardiff, focuses on digital inclusion
networking and discussion; hashtag: #C20Conf

Communities 2.0 is the Welsh Government’s flagship digital inclusion programme. Over the last six years the programme has worked with thousands of people across Wales, helping them to make the most of the internet and digital technology. The programme comes to an end in Spring 2015 with a national conference and awards ceremony. The event will celebrate success in getting many more people in Wales online and provide an opportunity to consider what needs to be done next to get the last 500,000 Welsh citizens digitally included. On Thursday the programme features an awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate those that have made the best of the opportunity.
Download the brochure
Delegate list

Takeaway Quote 

: “If you upscale the abilities of people using digital technology, they see more of the opportunities around them” (Video)

How are continuing digital inclusion efforts financed?
What is the role of virtual volunteers?

On our event wishlist:
Livestreaming video
Viewing parties
Twitter hashtag
Directory of delegates
Directory of speakers
Questions solicited from remote participants
A live Twitterwall
A #C20Con Flipboard and Storify
A Conference Youtube playlist
Any ideas on connecting digital inclusion in Wales with online representation of Wale’s conservation, culture and tourism
A translation of cymunedau and lessons in Welsh

Buzzword Bingo: Digital Inclusion = Movement to guarantee that individuals and communities have access to digital media #buzzwordbingo #digitalinclusion

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Mother Language Day 2015

February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999. This special date is meant to promote awareness of multilingualism, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. Hashtags: #imld15, #dilm15, #LenguaMaterna

As a native American English language speaker, I am confused when I see the funny squiggles over vowels in foreign words. My fingers hesitate on the keyboard, not sure how that particular squiggle on the keyboard. How do I type this? And if I remember where the tildes go in ‘Díaz González’ will the letters work with my favorite font?

Willful ignorance won’t do in an age of crowdsourcing AND crowd complaining There is a difference between Popocatépetl and Popocatepetl, my Mexican friends tell me. Good to know. I just wish I could convince them to join the Planeta Wiki and edit directly.

Kudos also to New Zealand’s @reomaori for letting us know that pōhutukawa has a macron! We have been following the survival story of Auckland’s Six Pōhutukawas via @Pohutukawa6.

Mind you, I have no idea how to pronounce pōhutukawa but I certainly want to visit the Six if I get the chance to travel to Auckland. This is the kind of dancing instruction Vonnegut suggested. New Zealand hosts an annual Māori Language Week (July 27 – August 2 in 2015). Imagine if we celebrated the Paiute or Navajo languages this way!

My writing and pronunciation can only improve with suggestions from Ayuuk, Māori, Navajo, Sámi and Zapotec friends. I do not dream of becoming a perfect polyglot, but I would like to make sure that what I write and wiki about is spelled in the way that bolsters local efforts.

For Mother Language Day. I’m going to retweet friends who tweet in their native language. I am going to shout out thanks to my friends at Oaxaca’s Pochote Market for their language lessons. Honestly, I have never had so much fun at a market than by learning how to say Kausi u ní cutagwinu (Good afternoon in Fidel’s Mixtec).

Ayuuk friends Engraciela and Rodrigo from Santa María Ocotepec have a saying — Oy ku ti minta jats ëëts xku’ix (your visit honors us). I think we honor them by learning how to write and pronounce ‘Oy ku ti minta jats ëëts xku’ix.’ Even if we as visitors get it wrong, we show our respect for the language by the attempt and by acknowledging the wisdom these thoughts convey.

Stick out your tongue. February 21 is International Mother Language Day @UNESCO @UN #IMLD2015

Saca tu lengua. 21 Febrero es el Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna @IndigenousTweet

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Chinese New Year 2015

Happy Year of the Sheep / Goat / Ram

White Sheep

Weaving the Web: Veronica's Woven Goat Bag, Pochimilco Anniversary @ Oaxaca 08.2012

Carnero Up Close @ Oaxaca 05.2012

More about Chinese New Year on the Planeta Wiki

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We are always in the moment

Three random thoughts:

We need to understand the global significance of Chinese New Year — from China to Las Vegas, what are the stories?

Preparing a list of Top 10 Twitter contacts in Cape Town, ranked in order of engagement. Work in progress.

I hope Boyhood wins the best picture Oscar. We never to get to see Texas on the screen the way we do in Richard Linklater films. If the award honors achievement, then Boyhood is the reel deal. “We are always in the moment.”

We are always in the moment - Boyhood

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