|Dick Van Dyke|
Everyone has heard of actor Dick Van Dyke from the sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, and musical films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. The legendary actor has just been named a Year of the Tiger ambassador by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Mr. Van Dyke has joined a group of other celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ethan Suplee (from current television sitcom My Name is Earl), who have joined forces with the WWF to help raise awareness and funds for the world's tiger conservation. According to Mr. Van Dyke, he was deeply stunned to find that the tiger population had shrunk over the years since his childhood days in the 1920s.
It's wonderful to see how all these celebrities are aware about such environmental issues affecting our planet. In this case, it is illegal poaching and the wildlife trade. I guess when celebrities like Dick Van Dyke and Leonardo DiCaprio step up to help raise awareness, it is one way to inspire the world's human population who look up to these people as their favorite heroes. However, one does not have to be a big celebrity to help with raising awareness about various issues. I believe that regular people can also be heroes. That is, if they come together as one major community and help each other by educating about the world's wildlife and what roles the animals play in their own natural ecosystems. They can also team up with various conservation groups like the WWF, and help them by providing donations in order to help save lives of various endangered species. This way, humans and animals can live in peace.
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