The theme for 2016 is “The future of wildlife is in our hands” with a global focus on the conservation of African and Asian elephants
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime produced a short film entitled “Serious About Wildlife Crime” to mark the day. It contains some very useful collocations and language and can be used as a different way of introducing the topic.
Of course, if you’re looking for more in-depth information, you could go to the WWF’s Stop wildlife crime website.
After a talk I gave in Frankfurt, Judith Bergman sent me a link to this short video, “iDiots“. It’s a wonderful spoof on our 21st century obsession with always needing the “latest” technology. And of course, with technology companies that are willing to provide it. The four-minute video provides an excellent starting point for a discussion on our “throwaway society” that is driven by consumerism.
You could also combine it with the following infographic about e-waste in the US, which contains a wealth of information about different aspects of e-waste and recycling in the US. The students could be encouraged to find out more about e-waste in Germany (a good starting point would be here at the Umweltbundesamt).