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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Congratulations to the Galapagos community and the Government of #Ecuador, where today President Lasso signed a decree for a new marine protected area near the Galapagos Islands. The new 60,000 km² area protects the marine corridor, which connects the Galapagos Marine Reserve to the newly expanded marine reserves around Cocos Island, Costa Rica. This international collaboration and sovereign action protects sea life such as whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins. It also expands the marine protected area around the Galapagos to 198,000 km², more than twice the size of Portugal. #MasGalapagos @guillermolasso @ambienteec @gustavomanriquemiranda @parquegalapagos (Photo: Alex Hearn)
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The @docgovtnz reports that 18 Kakī chicks hatched as part of their conservation breeding program between December 24 and December 28. This is an unusually high number and a boon for the world’s rarest wading bird. The eggs were collected from both wild Kakī pairs and pairs that are part of the conservation breeding program before being artificially incubated at DOC’s Kakī facility in the South Island’s town of Twizel as part of the Kakī Recovery Programme, a @rewild partner. The chicks are being hand-reared at the facility before being released into the Mackenzie Basin when they are about nine months old. Kakī have been intensively managed since 1981 when their population declined to a low of just 23 birds. Today there are about 170 adult Kakī in the wild. #TeamRewild #ConservationOptimism (Photo: Liz Brown/New Zealand Department of Conservation)
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From @aussieark: Aussie Ark, alongside our partners @rewild, @wild.ark and the @australianreptilepark and with the help of @reforestnow_australia have planted 26,000 rainforest and Eucalyptus trees onsite at Mongo Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The team spent 3 days onsite at the newly purchased site in the Richmond Valley region planting the trees and regenerating an additional 5 hectares of land - removing introduced weeds, which choke out our native species. Further plans for the property include the creation of a feral-free sanctuary fit to host the return of a suite of endangered Australian wildlife to the property, including the iconic Koala. The wildlife refuge will be modelled off Aussie Ark’s successful Wildlife Sanctuary creation model started in the Barrington Tops of New South Wales.
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Every year thousands of wild parrots are illegally caught and traded across Latin America for the pet trade, driving precipitous declines in their wild populations. In a new project, Daniel Alarcon (@danielalarconparquesnacionales) and David Grunbaum capture striking images of parrots and macaws that have been rescued from pet trafficking and poaching. They hope their images will inspire conservation action for species that are already globally threatened.
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From @insidenatgeo: As 2021 comes to a close, the Campaign for Nature is taking a look back at ten impactful moments for nature over the last year. From major financial commitments and conservation pledges to the recognition of the need for full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, the Campaign for Nature is heartened by this year's successes and looks forward to bringing that momentum into 2022.
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If we’re going to combat the climate crisis, we must face hard scientific truths and take action. Visit the link in my bio for ways to get involved. #DontLookUp
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New reporting from @NatGeo revealed that Canada-based oil and gas company ReconAfrica did not submit an application to the communal land board for land use rights until six months after clearing the equivalent of five football fields of protected land in the Kapinga Kamwalye Community Conservancy, which borders the Okavango River. The Okavango River flows into the Okavango Delta: a UNESCO World Heritage site, a Key Biodiversity Area, and an ecological wonderland so vast it is visible from space. This region sustains nearly one million Indigenous and local people by providing clean water, food, livelihoods and places to live. Local and Indigenous communities are concerned for their homes, their water supply, and the ecosystem that supports them and all life around them. Stand with the communities in Namibia and Botswana calling for a moratorium on all oil and gas development in the Okavango River Basin. #SaveTheOkavango #Rewild #ForAllWildkind
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The new Search for Lost Birds, a collaboration between @rewild, @americanbirdconservancy and @birdlife.international, with data support from @cornellbirds, is looking for some of the rarest birds on the planet. The Search for Lost Birds compiled a list of the top 10 most wanted birds and is hoping that conservationists and the millions of birdwatchers around the world might be able to definitively answer if these species still exist. None of the birds on the list have had a documented sighting in at least 10 years, but some haven't been seen for over a century. There's reason to be hopeful. In the past year, the #BlackBrowedBabbler, a bird native to Indonesia, was rediscovered after more than 170 years, completely by accident. And, while an expedition to Colombia in search of the Sinú Parakeet didn't find its intended bird, it did find many other birds ornithologists had never documented in Córdoba Department before. #LostSpecies #LostBirds #SearchforLostBirds Illustrations © Lynx Edicions
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The harmful ramifications of climate change are ongoing and undeniable. It is crucial we take the necessary steps to protect our planet. Visit count-us-in.com/dontlookup to get involved. #DontLookUp
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Tomorrow on @Netflix #DontLookUp @dontlookupfilm
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In August of this year the Córdoba Provincial Assembly in Córdoba, Argentina passed legislation authorizing the Argentinian federal government to transform 1.5 million acres of wildland into a national park and reserve. The creation of Ansenuza National Park would protect Mar Chiquita Lake and the Rio Dulce wetlands (a key biodiversity area and wildlands of global importance) in perpetuity, preserving and sustaining thousands of wild lives and an extraordinary abundance of water birds for generations to come. The Argentinian government is poised to take the last necessary steps to make Ansenuza National Park a reality. This designation is a dream shared by local communities, the Provincial Government of Córdoba, the Administration of National Parks, the Ministry of Environment of Argentina, Aves Argentinas, Wyss Foundation, Natura Argentina and @rewild. Now is the perfect time for national legislators in Argentina to formalize the creation of Ansenuza National Park. Congratulations to the provincial government of Córdoba and the Argentinian national government for working together to protect this irreplaceable place. With @cordobaok, @parquesnacionalesar, @ambientenacion, @diputados.argentina, @wyss_campaign, @avesargentinas, @naturainternationalargentina, @alferdezok, @sergiomassaok, @juan.cabandie Photo by Yanina Druetta (@yaninadruetta), from Natura Argentina (@naturainternationalargentina)
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#CostaRica continues to be a global environmental leader. President Alvarado has signed a decree expanding the marine protected areas around Cocos Island. The area, larger than New York state, includes underwater mountains where sea life, such as Whale Sharks and Manta Rays, from across the Eastern Tropical Pacific concentrate. Congratulations to Costa Rica on protecting critical ocean habitat and helping connect the region's growing network of marine reserves. #30x30 @CarlosAlvQ @andrea_meza_m @minaecr @sinac_cr @parque_nacional_isla_del_coco 📷 @ecodiverscostarica
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Students and young people are outside the White House participating in the #HungerStrike4Democracy. They are putting themselves on the line to save our democracy by pushing our administration to get the #FreedomToVoteAct over the finish line. @un_pac, we support you. Follow @un_pac to learn more and call your senators, tell them to pass the #FreedomToVoteAct now.
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From @rhinosirf: “It is critical that we turn this outrage into action to reverse these worrisome trends as quickly as possible to save South Africa’s rhinos.” In the last 2 weeks, 24 rhinos have been killed across several South African parks and reserves. This species will not survive poaching at this pace. Click the link in @rhinosirf’s bio for more.
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Today, Indigenous leader @nemonte.nenquimo is taking us on a journey into the Amazon rainforest and her home in Waorani territory. Nemonte will share personal videos and photos of her home that she is fighting to protect from oil and mining companies. The Waorani people won a landmark legal victory against Big Oil in 2018. Since then, Nemonte has continued to fight to keep the oil industry from destroying the rainforest that she loves. Today, the Ecuadorian government is threatening to double oil and mining in the Amazon. Follow along in my Stories, and tap the link in my bio to continue following Nemonte’s journey and help stop oil and mining companies from entering Indigenous territories without consent. @amazonfrontlines @alianzaceibo #WhoShouldDecide
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The people have spoken and the message is clear: 'No' to oil and gas drilling in the Okavango River Basin, 'yes' to sustainable, green energy. Join me in supporting local conservationists, civil society organizations, Indigenous and community leaders in calling for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Okavango River Basin. This includes current actions by Canada-based company ReconAfrica. You can help #SaveTheOkavango today. Sign @rewild's open letter in the link in bio. With @wlcnamibia
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In a huge win for the wild, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador recently ruled that mining in the Los Cedros Biological Reserve, a #KeyBiodiversityArea, violates the rights of nature. This revokes two mining concessions that covered an area of nearly 25,000 acres, overlapped more than 60% of the forest and would have affected the Brilla Sol and Corazón communities. Los Cedros is home to about 226 species at risk of extinction, including the Jaguar, Brown-headed Spider Monkey and the Andean Bear. Los Cedros is so biologically diverse that researchers are regularly discovering species of wildlife. The case of the Los Cedros Biological Reserve is a significant precedent for the conservation of ecosystems and an example of the importance of recognizing the Rights of Nature in the Constitution of Ecuador. #justicialoscedros #saveloscedrosreserve #yestolifenomining
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Fossil fuel extraction and burning worsens the climate crisis and harms the health of nearby communities. Millions of Californians – particularly lower income or BIPOC – live within one mile of a polluting oil or gas drilling well, exposing them to increased health risks. Join me, @NRDC_ORG and @voicesca in calling on CA state leaders to support the new rule from @cagovernor to create significant buffer zones between people and new oil drilling. Text CA Oil to 21333 or go to the link in my bio. #NoDrillingWhereWereLiving
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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.
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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.
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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. #SupportAfricasRangers
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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
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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
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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. Take Action: 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 Donate. http://go.rallyup.com/wetsuwetenstrong Spread the word. #WetsuwetenStrong #AllOutForWedzinKwa #ShutDownCanada #FreeSleydo #Wetsuweten More information and developing stories: Website: Yintahaccess.com IG: @yintah_access Twitter: @Gidimten Facebook: @wetsuwetenstrong Youtube: Gidimten Access Point TikTok: GidimtenCheckpoint Video from @yintah_access
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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
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"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.
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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.
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@DontLookUpFilm is in select theaters December 10 and on @Netflix December 24. @netflixfilm #dontlookup
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Indigenous peoples should decide the future of the Amazon. We have a massive opportunity to secure #IndigenousRights and the #RightsofNature. Tomorrow, history will be made when a hearing before Ecuador’s Constitutional Court takes place for the first time ever in the heart of the Amazon, to recognize their legal right to make the final decision on any extractive project in their land. Indigenous peoples need our support to back them in this fight. Sign the letter at the #linkinbio to Ecuador’s highest court, Corte Constitucional Del Ecuador, demanding that Indigenous peoples have the final say over what happens in their ancestral rainforest territories. @confeniae @conaie @coica_amazonia_oficial @amazonfrontlines @alianzaceibo
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Protecting 30 percent of the planet in the most important places for biodiversity and climate by 2030 will require greater ambition, innovation and collaboration among governments, companies, civil society, and Indigenous and local communities. The new statement issued at #COP26 last week on advancing support for Indigenous peoples and local communities' tenure rights and forest guardianship is a step in the right direction. "This public-private joint commitment is an important step toward increasing support for the self-determined priorities of Indigenous peoples and local communities, and to securing or strengthening their customary tenure rights, as guardians of some of the world's most intact and thriving forests," says the response from the Protecting Our Planet Challenge, which includes @rewild.
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This week at #COP26, I met with John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, to discuss the newly launched Global Methane Pledge. The Pledge aims to catalyze global action and strengthen support for existing international methane emission reduction initiatives to advance technical and policy work that will serve to underpin Participants’ domestic actions. Participants joining agree to take voluntary actions to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, which could eliminate over 0.2˚C warming by 2050. Participants also commit to moving towards using the highest tier IPCC good practice inventory methodologies, as well as working to continuously improve the accuracy, transparency, consistency, comparability, and completeness of national greenhouse gas inventory reporting under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement, and to provide greater transparency in key sectors. Methane is a powerful but short-lived climate pollutant that accounts for about half of the net rise in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era. Rapidly reducing methane emissions from energy, agriculture and waste can achieve near-term gains in our efforts in this decade for decisive action, and is regarded as the single most effective strategy to keep the goal of limiting warming to 1.5˚C within reach while yielding co-benefits - including improving public health and agricultural productivity. With nearly 100 countries representing over 40% of global methane emissions and over two thirds of global GDP already on board, we are on our way to achieving the Pledge goal and preventing more than 8 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from reaching the atmosphere annually by 2030. #togetherforourplanet #ClimateChange #cop26glasgow
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On my final day at #COP26 I was honored to meet with the amazing Juma Xipaia, a young indigenous leader, who since childhood, has fought against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the Xingu river of the Amazon. Her continued fight for the survival of indigenous peoples, the rainforest, the empowerment of women, her dreams and hopes born from her struggles and threats, deeply touched my heart. Juma’s words will stay with me forever. Indigenous peoples are on the very frontlines of this climate emergency.  We must hear their voices and join their fight to protect the planet as they are the true guardians of nature. It is time to listen and stand together as one people. @instituto.juma #DemarcaçãoJá #MarcoTemporalNão #XinguVivoParaSempre #COP26 #COPindígena #CriseClimática #ClimateCrisis #EssaLutaTambémÉNossa #IndigenousPeoples #AmazonRainforest
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#HURTEARTH Powerful new public artwork by @jennyholzerstudio illuminates landmarks across the UK to draw attention to the climate crisis, marking @COP26UK, the @unitednations’ summit on climate change. From the voices of @davidattenborough to @gretathunberg, inspiring testimony from leaders and activists will be projected on @Tate Modern (29 - 31 Oct) and then travel to Scotland, lighting up @secglasgow and @EdinburghCastle (8 Nov), The Met Tower (9-11 Nov) and at secret locations across Edinburgh throughout COP26. Get involved. Make your voice heard and drive global climate action now by tagging #HURTEARTH. In collaboration with @EmersonCollective, #ArtForYourWorld, a call to art lovers globally by @WWF_UK HURT EARTH © 2021 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / DACS, UK @artwisecurators @vshorev @hauserwirth #COP26 #JennyHolzer
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From @antonioguterres: @LeonardoDiCaprio was at #COP21 in 2015 when the #ParisAgreement was adopted. He has continued to promote its implementation ever since then. At #COP26, I got to thank him for his ​#ClimateAction work and support for the @UnitedNations as Messenger of Peace. 📷: @UNClimateChange / Kiara Worth
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Virginia, your vote matters. If you have questions or need to report any issues at the polls, call 866-OUR-VOTE. #ElectionProtection #BeAVoter #EngageVA #VAvotes
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Homes, lands, health, and lives of those most affected by climate change are at risk. Join the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Alliance and global partner @unitednationshumanrights in calling for the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow @cop26uk to treat #ClimateChange as the #HumanRights crisis it is. By working together and supporting inclusive rights-based climate action for people and the planet, we can realize a better, more sustainable future for all. To learn more about #RHRN and get involved, visit the link in bio. #COP26
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Sir David Attenborough’s powerful message to leaders at #COP26 reminds them why they are there. The world is watching. #EyesOnCOP26
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Congratulations to Ecuadorian President @guillermolasso and Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment on the creation of a new 23,166-square-miles Marine Protected Area near the Galápagos, and the world's largest debt swap for nature to help manage it, announced today at #COP26. The new MPA will help safeguard a key swim-way for a number of imperiled marine species, including Endangered Whale Sharks and Critically Endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks. When we protect the wild that's left and restore the rest, we are giving our planet—and all life on it—the best chance at a healthy future. This includes in our oceans, which produce oxygen we breathe, food we eat and ecotourism opportunities, and sequester tremendous amounts of carbon. (📷: @shawnheinrichs) #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism @gustavomanriquemiranda @nielsolsen @parquegalapagos @fundacion.jocotoco @mas_galapagos2020 @frente_insular_rmg @islandconservation
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I join @antonioguterres in urging leaders at #COP26 to take crucial #ClimateAction, safeguard our future, and save humanity. Now is the time for ambition, solidarity, and action. @UnitedNations
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Follow along this Monday, November 1, as Namibian activist and biology student Veruschka Dumeni takes over Stories. Veruschka is a passionate leader in the fight to #SaveTheOkavango, where Canada-based company ReconAfrica has begun exploring for oil and gas, which could put the people and wildlife who depend on this irreplaceable ecosystem at risk.
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The climate crisis is here. #COP26 must be a turning point to protect people and the planet. Leaders, the world is watching and urging you to rise to this moment. There’s no time to lose. #ActNow. Link in bio. @UnitedNations @antonioguterres
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Watch our documentary #BraveMission to learn about the rangers of Virunga National Park, who risk their lives to protect gorillas and the environment. We must support these guardians of nature. Link in bio. #SaveGorillas @rewild @BraveWilderness @realmarkvins
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#BraveMission, an exploration of Virunga National Park’s gorillas and the women and men who put their lives on the line to protect them, premieres today. Watch at the link in bio. @bravewilderness @rewild @realmarkvins
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From @rewild: ACT:NOW! ReconAfrica has started drilling for oil and gas in southern Africa’s Okavango River Basin, threatening a vital lifeline to nearly a million people, and some of the world’s most threatened wildlife. Help #SaveTheOkavango by learning more and joining Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Reinhold Mangundu, @forestwhitaker, @nemonte.nenquimo, me, and others by signing an open letter calling for a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Okavango River Basin. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango. For all wildkind. #TeamRewild
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Help protect 6 million+ acres of threatened wilderness in Africa by employing 1,000 women as wildlife rangers. @int.anti.poaching.foundation is raising $1 million to expand its team of women rangers and reach its goal of training 1,000 female rangers by 2025. Link in bio. 📷: @AdrianSteirn
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Proud to be an executive producer on “Brave Mission: Rewild the Planet,” an exploration of the planet’s most breathtaking endangered species and the local guardians who sacrifice everything to save them and their ecosystem. Host @realmarkvins investigates how the environmental impact of an illegal coal trade threatens both human and gorilla ways of life and how a new sustainable energy solution could be the answer to saving them all.  Join the premiere of #BraveMission on October 27th at 2PM PT on @YouTube. #UnFckIt
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From @rewild: The US Senate and House must get behind the Clean Electricity Performance Program, a cornerstone climate policy to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The clean energy program, along with clean energy tax credits, can help to put the US on a path towards the Biden Administration’s target to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% relative to 2005 levels by 2030. @potus @senategop @senatedems @housegop @housedemocrats 📸 @robindmoore I @rewild
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From @rewild: One of the most important treaties in the world, the Convention on Biological Diversity, helps to set targets to protect nature, which is critical to solving the interconnected climate, biodiversity, and human health crises. The United States is the only country in the world besides the Vatican that is not a party to the treaty. We must show leadership. @potus @senategop @senatedems @housegop @housedemocrats . 📸: @robindmoore I @rewild
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From @rewild: Calling #TeamRewild! We need your help. Act now to #SaveTheOkavango by adding your name to the open letter calling for a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in southern Africa’s Okavango River Basin. Link in bio. There is no resource more precious than water in the Okavango River Basin, where Canadian company ReconAfrica is drilling for oil and gas. Local and Indigenous communities are concerned for their homes, their water supply, and the ecosystem that supports all life around them. The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a Key Biodiversity Area, and an ecological wonderland so vast it is visible from space. This region sustains nearly one million Indigenous and local people by providing clean water, food, livelihoods and places to live. The Okavango watershed is also home to some of the world’s most threatened wildlife, and the stomping grounds of the largest remaining population of elephants on Earth. It is a lifeline to a desert ecosystem prone to drought. There is already too little water to spare; the cost of polluting what remains is too high. Re:wild stands with the people of the Okavango River Basin, who depend on the health of the watershed for their survival. ReconAfrica is poised to pollute their farms and destroy a beautiful landscape—one that benefits all life on Earth—forever. Join us by signing the open letter at the link in bio. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango. For all wildkind. 🎶 @habitaatmusic | Cover photo: @franslanting
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From @yaleenvironment360: Children play in floodwaters after torrential rains in South Jakarta, Indonesia, January 17, 2013.⁠ ⁠ Under current climate policy, the average child born in 2020 will live through around seven times as many heat waves as someone born in 1960. They will also see roughly twice as many droughts and wildfires and close to three times as many crop failures as their grandparents did.⁠ ⁠ Climate change will exact a more punishing toll in poorer countries. If world leaders fail to agree to more ambitious policies at the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in November, children who grow up in Europe or Central Asia will see around four times as many extreme weather events, while those living in sub-Saharan Africa will see roughly six times as many — including 50 times as many heat waves. Researchers have strong reason to believe that these calculations underestimate the actual increases that young people will face.⁠ ⁠ To read the full story, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio.⁠ ⁠ Photo Credit: Kate Lamb / Voice of America
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From @nowthisearth: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its belief that 23 species—11 birds, 8 freshwater mussels, 2 fish, 1 bat, and 1 plant—should be declared extinct. The species have been searched for exhaustively, and scientists believe that most were either extinct or very close to extinction by the time the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973.⁠ The most well-known of the species was the ivory-bill, which was considered the largest woodpecker in the United States. Many of the species were believed to be lost due to human-related changes, such as habitat loss and the spread of invasive species, such as mosquitos, into island habitats (11 of the listed species were from Hawaii and Guam). A 60-day public comment period began on September 30 to allow anyone to provide more information on the species before the ‘extinct’ categorizations are finalized.⁠ The world is experiencing a major loss in biodiversity, as humans ruin habitats with damming, mining, logging, farming, and development. Global warming is causing changes in temperatures, which also affects species’ survival capabilities. A 2019 United Nations study found that human activity has put as many as 1 million plant and animal species at risk of extinction and caused a 20% decline in the abundance of biodiversity, mostly in the past century.⁠ #extinction #wildlife #endangeredspecies #biodiversity
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From @usatoday: A broken pipeline has led to an estimated 126,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Ocean waters near Orange County, prompting Southern California officials to rapidly race to contain the damage in one of the largest oil spills in recent memory. The oil spill reached the shores of Huntington Beach late Saturday – five miles off the coast. Crews were able to remove more than 3,000 gallons of oil from the ocean off the coastline Sunday, according to Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley. Wildlife harmed by the oil was still emerging, with dead birds and fish washing ashore. Efforts to keep the spill from affecting any more sensitive marshland was ongoing. “We’re hoping we have minimal impact, but we’re preparing for the worst,” Christian Corbo, a lieutenant at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a public statement. 📸 Ringo H.W. Chiu, @apnews #oilspill #california
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As the result of a powerful collaboration between @rewild, @Coldplay and @glblctzn, governors from three of Brazil’s Amazonia states (Para, Amapa and Amazonas) are committing to critical conservation and climate goals for one of our planet’s irreplaceable places: the Amazon rainforest.   The commitments vary and include moving away from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source, creating new protected areas and strengthening the management of established protected areas, and supporting Indigenous communities. Formally announced today at #GlobalCitizenLive, these actions will not only benefit Amazonia, but all life on Earth.   Congrats and thank you to @waldezgoesoficial, @wilsonlimaam and @helderbarbalho for their commitment to protecting and restoring our planet, and to Pará’s State Secretary for Environment and Sustainability José Mauro de Lima O'de Almeida for representing Amazonia at today’s Global Citizen event. Tune into Global Citizen now on ABC or stream online.      (📷: @chamiltonjames)   #TeamRewild #SavetheAmazon #EarthOptimism
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In 2020, the horrific trend of violence against Indigenous peoples around the world continued, with over one-third of all fatal attacks against #EnvironmentDefenders targeting Indigenous peoples, as detailed in this week’s @Global_Witness report. Join me and the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities in calling for an end to the violence, the impunity, the illegal evictions, the criminalization and murders of Indigenous peoples. Let’s defend the planet’s defenders of life. @GuardianesBos @alianzaglobalc
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I am thrilled today to share a record pledge of $5 billion for nature and climate over the next ten years, a joint commitment from @rewild alongside eight other philanthropic organizations - Arcadia (a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin), Bezos Earth Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Nia Tero, Rainforest Trust, Wyss Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.  Achieving our ambitious goals will require advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as guardians of our planet's biodiversity. The new 'Protecting the Planet Challenge' welcomes governments, corporations, organizations and individuals to join us in committing to protect and conserve the most irreplaceable places on our planet. Currently, the 72 countries in the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People are committed to protect and conserve at least 30% of the world’s lands, inland waters, and oceans by 2030. Photo: @robindmoore @rewild
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We have a critical window of opportunity to fight the #ClimateCrisis and there is no time to waste. We are calling on top entertainment industry executives to use their power to demand action. Head to the link in my bio to read our letter. Join us and tell Congress to protect the people we love and the places we live by passing @POTUS’s full #BuildBackBetter agenda this fall. Text CLIMATE NOW to 21333 to take action with @NRDC_ACTION. @warnermusic @google @youtube @amazon @apple @att @warnermedia @comcast @discovery @facebook @foxtv @netflix @sony @viacomcbs @universalmusicgroup @disney
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Tonight, late night hosts @colbertlateshow, @fullfrontalsamb, @latelateshow, @fallontonight, @jimmykimmellive, @latenightseth, and @thedailyshow are focusing their programming on one of the defining issues of our time: climate change. Thanks to partners at @emersoncollective for setting up this important event. Tune in tonight for #ClimateNight.
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From @mongabay: The Brazilian Amazon is now a net CO2 source, study: The Brazilian Amazon has been transformed from a carbon dioxide sink to a source for new emissions over the past two decades, a new study shows. While the Amazon as a whole, which straddles nine countries, has absorbed about 1.7 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent more than it has emitted in the past 20 years, the Brazilian portion alone has emitted a net 3.6 billion metric tons during that period. This study by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) is unique because it was able to go deeper in analyzing changes in forest emissions from different parts of the rainforest compared to previous research, says author Matt Finer. Satellite monitoring data show that formally protected areas and lands controlled by Indigenous peoples hold the best hope for preserving the Amazon and its function as a bulwark against climate change. Read about the study at Mongabay.com. #nature #climatechange #climatecrisis #amazon #amazonforest #forests #iucncongress #conservation #environment #brazil #brasil🇧🇷
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227 Land & #EnvironmentDefenders were killed in 2020, according to a new report from @Global_Witness, making 2020 the most dangerous year on record for people defending their homes, land and livelihoods, and ecosystems vital for biodiversity and the climate.   The majority of these heroes were attacked defending the world’s forests—vital to curb the climate crisis—from deforestation and industrial development. Others died for their work protecting rivers, coastal areas and the oceans. More than one-third of the attacks were on Indigenous peoples.   We must #DefendTheDefenders if we are going to effectively tackle the interconnected crises of climate, biodiversity loss and human health.
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From @mosheh: Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California's world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world's biggest trees, within hours. The forest hosts some 2,000 sequoias, including the 275ft General Sherman, the biggest single-stem tree by volume on Earth and about 2,500 years old. Aluminum blankets can withstand heat and flames for short periods of time and have been proven to protect homes and trees in the past. Sequoias are well adapted to survive fires, which help them release seeds and make clearings for young sequoias to grow. But the climate crisis has driven hotter droughts, which has contributed to "fires that are burning hotter with taller flame lengths," park officials said. The Colony and Paradise fires have been growing for a week. More than 350 firefighters, along with helicopters and water-dropping planes, have been mobilized to battle the blazes. Via @bbcnews #wildfire #climatecrisis #climatechange
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From @wwf: Warning, the following images may be devastating. This is no longer just a recurrence of natural disasters! This is a climate crisis and an emergency and we need action. Together we can stop fires, care for injured wildlife and help build a sustainable rescue and rehabilitation capacity. Follow the link in their bio to find out how you can help to prevent more devastation. #TurkeyIsBurning #GreeceIsBurning #WildFires #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #NoPlanetB #ItalyWildfire #AmazonIsBurning #CaliforniaFires
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From @usembassybih Citizens banding together are a powerful voice for change. Brave residents of Konjic successfully fought irregular construction of two hydroelectric dams on the Neretvica River. This grassroots activism is at the heart of democracy and self-reliance and is a great lesson for all BiH citizens that everyone’s voice matters and you can make a difference where you live. #bosniaandherzegovina #konjic #neretvica @pustimedatecem
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Two Tasmanian Devil joeys born recently at @aussieark are a symbol of continued hope for the endangered species as part of a critical insurance population. In 8 months, in partnership with @rewild and @wild.ark, they will be released into a wild protected sanctuary, the largest of its kind for Tasmanian Devils. Aussie Ark’s population of Tasmanian Devils is free from the devastating Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) that plagues wild populations.
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From @nowthisearth: A new report finds that air pollution is killing people at a faster rate than smoking, car crashes, or HIV/AIDS. Prof. Michael Greenstone at the University of Chicago and his colleagues developed the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), which looks at the death rates in certain areas compared to their respective levels of air pollution. The research shows that people living in polluted areas have a higher propensity for heart and lung problems, which has been cutting short the lives of billions of people by up to 6 years. ⁠ ⁠ 'Coal is the source of the problem in most parts of the world,' said Greenstone, via The Guardian. 'If these [health] costs were embedded in prices, coal would be uncompetitive in almost all parts of the world.'⁠ The report says residents in India are the most adversely affected by air pollution, with the average citizen losing an estimated 6 years off their lives due to it. In China, air pollution can cut off an estimated 2.6 years from an average resident's longevity.⁠ ⁠ #airpollution #airquality #pollution #smoke #smog
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#DontLookUp in select theaters December 10 and on @Netflix December 24 @netflixfilm @dontlookupfilm
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From @janefonda: My book, “What Can I Do: The Path From Climate Despair to Action,” is out in paperback on Sept 7th. You can order by visiting www.JaneFonda.com/whatcanido @greenpeaceusa @penguinpress @firedrillfriday #greenpeaceusa #janefonda #firedrillfriday #whatcanido Proceeds go to @greenpeaceusa
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The construction of illegal roads by a logging company in the Peruvian Amazon is causing pollution of the land and the illegal plundering of natural resources, and opening up this part of the Amazon to additional invasion, threatening the homes, livelihoods, cultures and lives of the Sawawo and Aconadysh Indigenous peoples. Join me, @rewild and @propurus in calling on the government of Peru—specifically the state of Ucayali—to stop the construction of these roads in the province of Yurua and ensure the safety of the Indigenous communities that live here and safeguard this special place, critical to a healthy planet.
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Last week, the Brazilian Supreme Court took up a case that could define new rules for setting the boundaries of Indigenous lands, effectively eliminating the period of time that guarantees the right to land for all Indigenous peoples. More than 6,000 Indigenous people from more than 170 ethnic groups camped in front of the Supreme Court to follow the trial. All of this while other laws are aimed at opening up Indigenous territories to extractive industry. Last week, Indigenous peoples symbolically demarcated the plaza outside of the court building, Praça dos Três Poderes. “521 years in Brazil, 32 years of the constitution, and we continue to witness the neglect of the most basic rights of the Indigenous peoples,” said @apiboficial in a statement to @rewild. “How long will this equation continue to take away the rights, lands and lives of #IPovosIndígenas? We call for an end to the impunity!” #DemarcaçãoJá
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The forests and streams of South and Central America are speckled with the colors of the rainbow, thanks to #HarlequinToads, known as the ‘jewels of the forests.’ But since the ‘80s, a deadly pathogen, exacerbated by habitat destruction, pollution, invasive predators and climate change, has pushed 83 percent of the 94 species assessed by the IUCN to the brink of extinction.   More than 40 organizations came together this week to commit to protecting and restoring this incredible group of amphibians. The new #AtelopusSurvivalInitiative brings together the resources, expertise and passion to prevent the extinction of harlequin toads (or Atelopus) wherever they still survive, and to serve as an effective model for conserving other groups of threatened species.   @rewild 
@amphibiansurvivalalliance    #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism
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Sharing an important message to all Californians: Help stop the Recall Election. The Republican-backed effort to recall Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is moving quickly. Important issues like climate change, Covid safety, gun control, healthcare, education and reproductive rights are all at stake.   Help take action by:   Registering to vote by 8/30 Vote NO on the recall Submit your ballot in person or by mail by 9/14   #norecall #recallgavinnewsom #votenoonrecall #stoptherecall
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From @mongabay: There’s still room - and time - to save hoolock gibbons, but only just: their habitat has declined in the past few decades, but enough suitable patches exist today to guarantee the long-term survival of the genus if properly conserved. A type of small ape endemic to South and Southeast Asia, hoolock gibbons spend most of their lives up in trees, rarely touching the forest floor. This makes large stretches of uninterrupted forest crucial to their survival — yet such suitable patches are getting scarcer. Read about them and the new study that lines out how this cool species can be conserved at mongabay.com. Photo credit: Female hoolock gibbon by Programme HURO via Wikimedia Commons. #wildlife #conservation #animals #gibbon #ecology #environment #rainforest #environmentalconservation
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Who should decide the future of the Amazon? Decisions fueled by corporate interests and greed have brought us to where we are today: on the brink of climate chaos. Yet Indigenous peoples have for millennia protected the lands and ecosystems they call home. Although they account for 5 percent of the world’s population, Indigenous peoples care for almost a quarter of the Earth’s surface and 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. They are the guardians of this forest. Any and all possible solutions to the climate crisis include protecting the Amazon. We have an opportunity in Ecuador to guarantee Indigenous peoples’ right to decide over their futures and their forests. To stop corporations from drilling or mining on ancestral territories against their will. The time is NOW to join Indigenous peoples’ fight for the right to decide. Follow @amazonfrontlines link in bio to sign the letter from the Waorani and A’i Kofán peoples and learn how to make your voice heard. #WhoShouldDecide
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From the @worldeconomicforum: 3 things we must do now to stabilize the climate. We need a three-pronged approach: reduce, remove and repair. We're at a pivotal moment in history. Tap the link in the @WorldEconomicForum’s bio to learn how we must approach it. #environment #sustainability #conservation #climatechange #society
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Floreana Island, one of the Galápagos’ five islands inhabited by humans, is also home to many unique species, like endemic land snails, Galápagos Petrels, Blue-footed Boobies and Hammerhead Sharks. But 13 locally extinct species could be reintroduced to Floreana with the help of @islandconservation, @parquegalapagos and the local community. The Floreana Giant Tortoise and Floreana Mockingbird are two of the species that could once again roam Floreana and help rewild the island ecosystems in the next few years. Floreana Giant Tortoises will reshape the landscape, bulldozing trees and shrubs and transforming dense forests into savanna. That will pave the way for other species, like the Floreana Mockingbird to return. Read more about the bold effort to rewild 25 of Latin America’s Pacific Islands, which could help protect 260 globally threatened species. 📷: Floreana Giant Tortoise by Andrew S. Wright, Floreana Mockingbird by Bill Weir
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Why soil is critical in the fight against #climatechange: There’s more carbon in the top metre of soil than in the Earth’s air and plants combined.
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Wherever there is life on Earth, there is also water. But only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh. Freshwater ecosystems are the lifeblood of the terrestrial wild—and people cannot survive without them. Learn more about these important systems in @rewild’s latest video in a series dedicated to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
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Good news for Bosnia's rivers: Construction permits for the two small hydropower projects on the beautiful Neretvica River have been cancelled by the Ministry of Interior. The local community and their NGOs "Let me flow freely" (Pusti me da tecem) and "The Greens, Neretva" (Zeleni Neretva), represented by the legal team at Aarhus Center, organized the legal challenge and protests against the projects! Additionally, the community has formally requested that the Cantonal prosecutor's office look into pressing criminal charges against public servants, who violated the law by issuing the permits without consulting the public. The local community in Neretvica is vehemently opposed to any building projects on their river. The charges are still pending, but if they pass, it will be a strong warning signal to other local politicians to follow the rule of law. #BiHRunsFree #jaBiHdatecem #SaveTheBlueHeartofEurope
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Fungi are the great interconnectors of the wild, but they are often missing from discussions and efforts to protect nature and rewild the world. Trees can’t grow in soil without fungi. Penicillin came from fungi. Fungi turn rotting trees into nutrients. Animals, from birds to worms, eat fungi. And fungi help keep carbon in the ground. We should be talking about funga all the time! Last week, @rewild and @iucnssc became the first global conservation organizations to recognize fungi as one of the three kingdoms of life critical to protecting and restoring Earth. They joined the 3F initiative led by @fungifoundation and pledged to be mycologically inclusive and use mycologically inclusive language. We can’t rewild the world without fungi.
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has added new metrics to help track species’ recoveries from the threat of extinction and show if conservation is working. They are called the Green Status of Species and they show the recovery status of a species and the conservation impact on a species over time. 181 species underwent preliminary assessments for the Green Status of Species, including the California Condor, Kandelia obovata (a mangrove species) and the Sumatran Rhino. But the number will grow as conservationists around the world complete more assessments. Together, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the Green Status of Species help tell more complete stories about the efforts to conserve and save species. Photos (left to right): California Condor by Tom Blanford, Sumatran Rhino by Barney Long, Kandelia obovata by Wan Hong Yong #GreenStatusofSpecies
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From @rewild: This week, @ipcc released a report that shows that there is nowhere on Earth that isn’t affected by climate change and many of the changes we’re seeing are unprecedented. Although the findings are dire (and confirm, yet again, that human activity is the cause of the climate crisis), the report noted that significantly limiting our carbon emissions over the long-term will help reduce some of the most cataclysmic effects from climate change. That’s why the wild is our best solution for bringing balance to the planet. Healthy and intact ecosystems, bursting with life, can help address climate change, the extinction crisis and pandemics, which are all connected. It’s more important than ever to rewild the world. Join us. Join us. Visit the link in @rewild’s bio to read the report. #ClimateChange #TeamRewild
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For much of Africa, wildlife tourism provides significant income to help maintain parks where vulnerable species such as elephants, lions, rhinos and giraffes live. After COVID-19 struck in 2020, the entire international tourism sector closed down overnight, having a profound effect on many communities at the center of wildlife conversation. This lead to the creation of the @PrintsForWildlife campaign last summer, designed to help raise critical funds to the communities most affected. One year on and there is still a great need to help support these communities in Africa. With this in mind, the #PrintsforWildlife campaign has returned for 2021 - sharing over 170+ different prints from globally renowned and emerging wildlife photographers. Head to printsforwildlife.org (or click link in my bio) to find out more about the cause and to view the collection. 100% of proceeds (after printing and handling) will go to @africanparksnetwork. Photos: @joachimschmeisser @marcuswestbergphotography @a.curious.ape @karimiliya @willfortescue @davidlloyd @harryskeggs @rahulsphotography @bjornpersson_photography @davesandford
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Our planet is approaching a series of vital climate tipping points. Scientists have measured the Earth’s vital signs - and it’s in trouble. #climatechange #environment #tippingpoint #earth #nature
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The Mexican government has lifted the ban on fishing in the Vaquita’s habitat. The Vaquita porpoise, also known as the “panda of the sea,” is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The government’s decision effectively ensures that the remaining 10 or so porpoises will die in gillnets. How can you help? Write to @iucn_congress at [email protected] and CITES at [email protected] to request that they take action to help protect Vaquitas by insisting the Mexican government reinstate the fishing ban. Or donate to support the critical conservation efforts by partners @vaquitacpr and @earthleagueint. #vaquita #savethevaquita #vaquitacpr #conservation #wildlifeconservation
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Earlier this week, Texans marched on the State Capitol in Austin to protest the GOP's voter suppression efforts and help protect voter rights. Watch this video from @NowThisNews and @EmersonCollective to find out more about what’s at stake and the wider threat to our democracy if we don’t pass the #ForThePeopleAct. #VoterSuppression #VoterRights #Texas
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Climate crisis: what one month of extreme weather looks like. In the last month, devastating, extreme weather has hit across the world. From flash floods in Belgium to deadly temperatures in the US, from wildfires in Siberia to landslides in India, it has been an unprecedented period of chaotic weather. Climate scientists have long predicted that human-caused climate disruption would lead to more flooding, heatwaves, droughts, storms and other forms of extreme weather, but even they have been shocked by the scale of these scenes #climatecrisis #extremeweather #flooding #heatwaves #droughts #storms #rain #Belgium #flashfloods #US #Siberia #wildfire #wildfires #India #landslides #climatechange #environment #nature #sustainability #globalwarming #climate #ecofriendly #climateaction #earth #climatechangeisreal #sustainable #plasticfree #green #fridaysforfuture #climateemergency
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From @unclimatechange: When talking about #ClimateAction, people often think of climate mitigation - the lowering of emissions to reduce future harm - first. But there’s another key component to #ClimateAction: Adapting to the climate impacts we are already seeing today and the unavoidable impacts we can expect in the future. This is why UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for 50% of the total share of climate finance to be spent on building resilience and adapting to the effects of a warming world.
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For #InternationalTigerDay, I wanted to share this incredible image from wildlife photographer @DavidYarrow, who describes what it took to capture the shot: “I have spent over 200 hours in the sweltering heat of Ranthambore, India over the last few years looking for tigers in places offering the chance of a big photograph. It is exhausting work and can often yield nothing as the backgrounds tend to be fairly messy. Tigers are rare and clean images of tigers even rarer. Our biggest moment came in 2019 when we found “tiger 57” shading from the sun in a cave. I am in awe of the eyesight of my guide - Vipul Jain - I would never have spotted this big cat.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ There was so much to be thankful for - the cave was not just accessible by jeep, it was also elevated, which allowed my lens to be just below the tiger’s eye. More importantly, the tiger’s face caught just enough light from the front of the cave for my camera settings to be generous and the background to be dark. If this handsome adult male tiger was a foot further back in the cave, there would have been no shot. I knew immediately that an opportunity had availed itself and I do remember staying very calm and focused.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This was taken in the same five-minute window as the front cover of my latest book, but by including the important body stripes to the right of the head, it was the wrong shape for a cover. It is, however, a very powerful portrait.” #TigerDay #WorldTigerDay
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From @thewcs: Ahead of #InternationalTigerDay, a group of conservationists may have already identified the next global hotspot for wild tigers. Northeast China now houses 55 Amur tigers, they say, and could support more than 300. China has made considerable progress in recent years to restore these iconic big cats. To reach 300-plus tigers, large prey species, such as red deer and wild boar, need to be restored. There also must be extensive land-use planning, improved habitat connectivity, reduced negative human impacts, and extensive international cooperation. As recently as the 1930s, up to 500 Amur tigers roamed there. By 2000, due to the loss of habitat and prey combined with poaching, there were no more than 12–16 along the border with Russia. Since then, the Natural Forest Protection Project has halted logging over much of the region, which has led to the departure of forest workers. The creation of nature reserves, improved anti-poaching efforts, and the use of compensation to prevent human-tiger conflicts from turning deadly, have further helped to ease the pressures. #tigerday #internationaltigerday2021 #tiger #tigers #wildlifeconservation #bigcat #catsoifinstagram
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From @AmazonFrontlines: Reclaiming Indigenous lands in the Amazon - enough is enough. Last week, the @nacion.siekopai (Secoya) nation of Ecuador’s Amazon took action to recover their ancestral territory from illegal settlers. This video captures this historic moment for the small nation declared at risk of physical and cultural extinction, whose ancestral territory is surrounded by palm oil plantations, ranchers, and oil fields. In full exercise of their rights to territory, self-governance, and self-determination, community leaders, youth, and elders from six communities gathered on Wednesday in the invaded area of their territory along the Kokoya river – covering about 200ha of once pristine rainforest - and pacifically reclaimed their land. With the illegal settlers now evicted, the Siekopai now face the challenge of rewilding the important headwaters of the Kokaya River after a decade of cattle ranching, poaching, and illegal logging. We stand with our Siekopai partners in this struggle in defense of their lands, lives, and ways of life! #IndigenousRights #Ecuador #Amazon #Siekopai #NoMasInvasiones #LandBack
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Every 6 seconds, the planet loses an area of rainforest the size of a football field. Click the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio to submit your solution to help end tropical deforestation. #deforestation #tropical #FACTDialogue #uplink #sustainability #tropicalforestalliance
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The Endangered Forest Musk Deer hadn’t been seen in Vietnam in more than 20 years. But this year, after receiving a photo tip from the local community of a musk deer that had been captured by hunters, a team of conservationists, including #TeamRewild member An Nguyen, set up camera traps in Vietnam’s mountains to find out if there were Forest Musk Deer living in them. Two of the team’s 10 camera traps captured photos of a Forest Musk Deer! The team is hoping to do more surveys to determine how many deer may be living in the mountains. Putting an end to wire snare trapping is one of the best ways to help protect the rare deer and other forest-dwelling animals. #ConservationOptimism @rewild
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From @cnnclimate: Parts of the Amazon rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they absorb, raising fears of the potentially devastating impact on its fragile ecosystems and a further worsening of the climate crisis, according to a study. The research, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, says the Amazon's vital role as a carbon sink — absorbing massive amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to cool the Earth — is under threat. "This carbon sink seems to be in decline," the study said. "Over the past 40 years, eastern Amazonia has been subjected to more deforestation, warming and moisture stress than the western part, especially during the dry season." Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ⁠ ⁠ (📸: Florence Goisnard/AFP/Getty Images)
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Discover the story of the 52-Hertz whale, a creature who has spent his entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency no other whale has responded to. In this new documentary from director Joshua Zeman, a team of scientists and researchers embark on a modern-day quest to find out more about one of the world's most elusive creatures. 🐳 #TheLoneliestWhale is now playing in theaters and available to watch on demand.
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This incredibly important film reveals the truth behind millions of shark deaths, exposing the criminal enterprise behind their mass extinction. Stream now on @discoveryplus ➡ links.discoveryplus.com/fin #SharkWeek
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Norway is turning its last Arctic coal mine into a huge national park which will give key hunting grounds back to polar bears. Discover why it's vital to restore our ecosystems by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio. #environment #wildlife #nature #sustainability #norway
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From @unclimatechange: The difference between 1.5C, 2C or 3-4C average global warming can sound marginal. In fact, they represent vastly different scenarios for the future of humanity. The frequency of disasters, the survival of plants and animals, the spread of diseases, the stability of our global climate system and - ultimately - the possibility for humanity to survive on this planet hinge on these few degrees. Today, we still have the chance to meet the 1.5C goal mentioned in the Paris Agreement. We can still protect ourselves from the worst climate impacts and begin to shape a healthier future. But we are rapidly approaching irreversible climate tipping points. This is why the climate conference #COP26 in November is so important for the global fight against climate change. Countries must conclude outstanding items regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement and lay the ground for a transformational decade of climate action in the 2020’s. #ItsPossible CC: @carbonbrief
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Did you know? Mangroves are the only trees in the world that can grow in salt water, and they are rockstars in the fight against #climatechange. Plus, mangroves survive by filtering about 90% of the salt found in seawater as it enters their roots, some excreting it out through glands in their leaves. In this newest installment from our series honoring the kickoff of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, @rewild talks about the importance of mangroves, and how @bahamasnationaltrust is working to protect them.
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A new lizard species discovered in #Ecuador has been named after Nemonte Nenquimo, an Indigenous activist and member of the Waorani nation from the Amazonian Region of Ecuador. She is the first female president of the Waorani of Pastaza and co-founder of the Indigenous-led nonprofit organization Ceibo Alliance (@alianzaceibo). She was also one of @TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and a 2020 winner of the prestigious environmental @goldmanprize. 🏆 This lizard, Nemonte’s Anole (Anolis nemonteae), is the largest anole in southwestern Ecuador and distinguishable by its daytime activity and beautiful colors. A few fun facts: 🟢 At night, these lizards have been found sleeping horizontally on banana leaves. 🟢 Pregnancies are estimated to be about 4 months long. 🟢 Their irises are reddish brown. 🟢 Though not yet evaluated by IUCN, they are likely to be critically endangered given deforestation in the region. The Nemonte Anole was discovered by researchers from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, @uofnm, @inabio_ec, and the University of Guayaquil. Researchers chose to name the anole after Nemonte Nenquimo to honor her successful campaign and subsequent legal action to protect the Amazon rainforest🍃 and Waorani territory from oil extraction in Ecuador. @nemonte.nenquimo @tropicalherping #TeamRewild #rewild #rainforest #lizards 📷 (Nemonte Nenquimo) Mateo Barriga / @AmazonFrontlines 📷 (lizard) Juan C. Sánchez-Nivicela (@jcsn_herps)