I'm excited to share that Re:wild received a $30 million grant from the @BezosEarthFund to support our vital work with partners in the Tropical Andes and Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape. Thank you to @JeffBezos and @LaurenWSanchez for your work to address the interconnected nature and climate crises.
Home to more than 12% of all species and a diversity of Indigenous cultures, the Tropical Andes is one of the most diverse regions on the planet. It stores some 200 gigatons of carbon in forests and other ecosystems that safeguard the headwaters of the Amazon River. @rewild joins 10 other grantees to advance the creation of more than 48 million hectares of new protected areas in the Tropical Andes, securing the rights to 19 million hectares of lands for local communities, and strengthening the management of more than 108 million hectares of protected areas in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
The Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape is one of the most important ridge-to-reef ecosystems on the planet, and this critical and timely support will help advance plans for the world’s largest transnational marine protected area in the Galapagos and Eastern Pacific, which was announced at COP26 by the Heads of State of Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. We look forward to working with local communities and organizations in partnership with the governments of all four countries.
From @nowthisearth: Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil increased by 22% over the past year, according to Brazil’s space research agency INPE. This is the highest level of deforestation recorded since 2006.
From August 2020 to July 2021, approx 5,110 sq miles of forest were destroyed, according to satellite data. This comes after Brazil pledged to stop deforestation by 2030 at COP26. More than 100 nations signed a pledge that includes approx $19.2 billion for programs and groups stopping deforestation.
Brazil is home to the majority of the Amazon rainforest. If enough of the forest is destroyed, scientists fear that the Amazon will come to a tipping point, when it could possibly transform into a savannah.
From @gamerangersassociationofafrica: Tragedy strikes again as the onslaught against rangers in DRC continues. We have lost another brother from @virunganationalpark after an armed attack! Rest in peace, Ranger Chief Brigadier Muyazimiza Kanyaruchinya. We extend our support and condolences to his wife and four children who Ranger Kanyaruchinya leaves behind as well as his colleagues at @iccnrdc and @virunganationalpark.
“It is with great sadness that the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) in Virunga National Park confirms the death of Ranger MUYAZIMIZA KANYARUCHINYA Etienne following an attack carried out on the evening of Saturday, November 20. The attack, led by around one hundred heavily armed individuals, took place near the village of Bukima, within the mountain gorilla sector of Mikeno, in the Rutshuru Territory.
Chief Brigadier Kanyaruchinya, 48, joined ICCN in 1995. He leaves behind a wife and four children. No other rangers present at the time of the attack were injured.”
Text and picture via Virunga.org
Go to www.virunga.org to support their Ranger Fund.
Today is the launch of the TED Talk that Big Oil doesn’t want you to hear. Earlier this year, Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo stood on a trail in the heart of her people’s ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest and recorded an 8-minute video message for Big Oil, for world leaders, and for all citizens of our rapidly warming planet. She spoke on behalf of her ancestors and on behalf of Mother Earth.
Today, her message to the Western world goes live as a TED Countdown Talk, and we need your help to share her story. If we can get millions of people to listen to her message and take action in the coming weeks, then we have a real opportunity to stop the oil companies and the mining companies from entering Indigenous ancestral territories.
It’s now or never for the rainforest. Take action today and share Nemonte’s call to action at the link in bio.
@Nemonte.nenquimo @Amazonfrontlines @alianzaCeiboAmazonia @ted
From @yaleenvironment360: Chile’s Northern Patagonian Ice Field is among the few habitats expected to endure rising temperatures, making it a potential refuge for wildlife. As the world warms, conservationists and governments will be seeking to protect more areas like this.
By mid-century, much of the earth’s land surface will experience significantly different climatic conditions than today. To plan protected areas in such a world will require a creative approach to conservation, including identifying future refuges for many species and establishing vital wildlife corridors.
The issue has taken on increasing urgency, as more nations support a goal of placing 30 percent of the earth’s continents and oceans in protected areas by 2030. Many protected areas will become less and less suited to the type of organisms and ecosystems they were created to protect. “The idea of national parks as a place where you could draw a line around an area and not do much of anything but protect it from external threats, that biodiversity would persist there — that’s no longer an accurate portrayal,” says one ecologist.
Scientists are now seeking places where climate change is likely to happen more slowly than in immediately surrounding areas. They call these places “refugia.” For every species and from every threat, there are potential refugia. Climate refugia aren’t intended to completely resist change. “It’s more realistic to think about it as a slow lane. The climate is changing less quickly there, so it potentially gives an opportunity for a species to adapt, or just have enough time to establish elsewhere,” says a U.S Geological Survey research ecologist.
To read the full article, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio. Reporting by Zach St. George.
Photo Credit: George Rose / Getty Images
CONTENT WARNING: POLICE VIOLENCE
“The Wet’suwet’en people, under the governance of their hereditary Chiefs, are standing in the way of the largest fracking project in Canadian history. Our medicines, our berries, our food, our animals, our water, our culture, our homes are all here since time immemorial. We will never abandon our children to live in a world with no clean water. We uphold our ancestral responsibilities. There will be no pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory.” –Sleydo’, Gidimt’en Checkpoint Spokesperson, before her arrest on November 19
After setting up a blockade to protect their land, community, and sacred headwaters Wedzin Kwa from Coastal GasLink’s planned fracked gas pipeline, the Wet’suwet’en Nation has faced militarized raids from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This past weekend, the RCMP, escorting Coast GasLink workers and equipment, violently arrested unarmed Indigenous land defenders and journalists and refused access to the territory to Chief Woos, other Wet’suwet’en supporters, allies, or media.
Issue a solidarity statement from your organization or group.
Host a solidarity rally or action in your area.
Pressure the government, banks, and investors. http://yintahaccess.com/take-action-1
Spread the word.
#WetsuwetenStrong #AllOutForWedzinKwa #ShutDownCanada #FreeSleydo #Wetsuweten
More information and developing stories:
Youtube: Gidimten Access Point
Video from @yintah_access
From @natgeo: Verified Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Beyond the overt devastation that poaching wreaks on wild species, there are many other more subtle, more insidious impacts. In elephants, researchers are seeing growing evidence of harm—not only for population numbers but also in the animals’ very genetics. In some parts of the world, for example, ivory poaching appears to have triggered complex genetic changes that are driving a surge in tusklessness—a shift that may protect these iconic giants from poachers, but also unleash unknown ripple effects on their well-being and the health of ecosystems. The consequences of our intense exploitation of the natural world are vast and undeniable. The need for change and action has never been more urgent.
#elephants #endpoaching #wildlife #elephantconservation
"We will not be silent. We will never be silent." In this spoken-word poem, Nadia April, San Indigenous Women program officer for the Women’s Leadership Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, makes an impassioned plea to fellow Namibians to reject Canada-based ReconAfrica's plans to drill for oil and gas in the Okavango River Basin. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango.
Activists with @blueheartrivers have been working to protect the Vjosa for a decade and their efforts have won global support. If the Vjosa were made a national park, it would permanently protect it from nearby oil exploration and dams, among other things. A Vjosa National Park would attract an estimated 1.5 million visitors each year, generate about 20 million Euros in income each year and create six jobs in local communities for every one job in the national park.
Follow the link in bio to sign the petition to add your voice to make #VjosaNationalParkNow.