Thursday, April 25, 2013

It’s World Penguin Day

Press your tuxedo, take our Penguin Personality Quiz, and tell world leaders: protect Antarctic waters this summer. In honor of today’s World Penguin Day, The Pew Charitable Trusts has developed a Penguin Personality Quiz – we hope you’ll give it a try.

Why is today the most important Penguin Day ever? In less than three months, two dozen countries and the EU (the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources meets in Germany July 15) will decide whether to create the world’s largest marine reserves. CCAMLR will vote on one proposal from New Zealand and the United States, and another sponsored by Australia, France and the EU. A consensus vote would create reserves in marine areas that are teeming with life, and arguably the best penguin habitat on Earth. These areas are now at risk from intensive industrial fishing (particularly for toothfish, sometimes called “Chilean sea bass”).

On behalf of our feathered friends of the South, you can tell world leaders that the time to protect Antarctic waters has come.

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

Image courtesy of pinguino via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)