We’re teaming up with @lifeisgoodco this holiday season to help fund conservation initiatives in Africa. Join us, and #PurchaseWithPurpose. (See link in bio).
In an effort to support the Sarara Initiative, @LifeisGoodco has created a limited-edition Sarara Elephant T-Shirt. The design is inspired by the beautiful beadwork of the Samburu people. Life is Good will be donating 100% of the net profits from the shirt to help fund sustainability and conservation efforts in Africa. The Sarara Initiative will safeguard more than 850,000 acres of wilderness, provide sanctuary for elephants and other wildlife, and ensure sustainable livelihoods for the indigenous people of the region.
“These times call for sharp intentionality, for deep rooted determination and above all for fierce optimism.”
Wise words from former UN Climate Executive Secretary and champion of the #ParisAgreement, Christiana Figueres (@CFigueres). Figueres spoke at @ConservaitonOrg’s 30thAnniversary Gala in NYC last week where she discussed the need for fierce optimism and action by all.
Figueres is also a distinguished @ConservationOrg Liu Walton fellow, focused on climate and leadership diversity. Learn more about the Liu Walton fellows by clicking the link in our bio.
#YearInReview: CI helped launch the Blue Abadi Fund, which is on track to be the world’s largest marine conservation trust. The Fund is uniquely designed to support local community stewardship of the protected areas of one of the world’s most biodiverse reefs: Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape. Located in West Papua, the Bird’s Head Seascape encompasses more than 2,500 islands and reefs and supports thousands of species — including 70 that can be found nowhere else on Earth.
See the link in our bio to learn more.
DYK each year we partner with @havaianas to design a collection of flip flops to raise awareness for the importance of marine biodiversity? Check out our holiday #PurchaseWithPurpose guide to learn more. (See link in bio)
#YearInReview: CI protected 61.5K hectares of mangroves in Ecuador — which represents nearly 40% of the country’s total mangrove coverage.
Three quick facts about mangroves:
(1) Mangroves can store up to 10x the carbon of forests.
(2) Mangroves may help prevent coral bleaching.
(3) Dollar for dollar, when investing in climate change solutions, nothing beats saving mangroves.
For more about the world's most important ecosystem, click the link in our bio.
#YearInReview: CI installed radar in Cocos Island this year to collect and analyze satellite information of illegal fishing throughout Costa Rica’s ocean.
Click the link in our bio to find out what we learned was happening in the waters around the 'island of sharks'.
Throughout the month of December we will be highlighting some of our conservation successes from around the world using the hashtag #YearInReview. For our first highlight, let’s start with pandas in China.
This year, CI helped establish China’s first giant panda national park, which covers 10477 sq miles — 3x the area of Yellowstone National Park.
“Dams are going to be built no matter how much fuss we make, our research shows how we can be more strategic about the buildout and operations of these dams in the Mekong.” - John Sabo, Director of Future H2O at ASU
Conservation International, University of Washington, Arizona State University and other collaborators have proposed a solution that allows dam operators to generate power in ways that also protect — and possibly improve — food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong river basin.
Put your best foot forward this holiday season and give a gift that gives back. @ConservationOrg has partnered with @ConsciousStep to design a sock that helps conserve rainforests around the world. Inspired by the bright colors that characterize a rainforest, each pair of socks helps protect 20 rainforest trees. Click the link in our bio to learn more. .
Thank you @instagram for taking a step to protect wildlife by calling out abusive animal tourism and animal cruelty. Instagram’s new alert system will pop up whenever an account uses a hashtag associated with harmful animal behavior. Searching or clicking hashtags like #slothselfie, #elephantride or #dolphinkiss will reveal the pop up message that reads, “Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram. You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment." Users will be able to click through the alert's "more information" option to learn about wildlife exploitation and wildlife photograph guidelines. Instagram will use the same process for more egregious activity, such as searches for #exoticanimalforsale and other hashtags users post to advertise the sale of live animals or animal parts.
President Bill Clinton received the Global Visionary Award, recognizing the former president’s extraordinary environmental leadership, which includes preserving 84 million acres of marine habitat and 67 million acres of tropical forest.
Additional honorees included @glassybaby, which received Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero Award. Since 2001, glassbaby has contributed 10% of its sales through the glassybaby white light fund to organizations dedicated to helping people, animals and the planet heal. Donations have exceeded $7 million to date. The company has been investing in conservation of oceans, rainforests and wildlife through Conservation International for over ten years.
Also honored was Conservation International’s chairman, Peter Seligmann, who received CI’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of leadership as co-founder, chairman and CEO. Seligmann founded Conservation International in 1987 and today, the organization works across the globe as the leading organization dedicated to protecting nature for the well-being of people.
Columbia (@columbia1938) has launched three limited-edition Star Wars-inspired high performance jackets, named after Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, which will be available online beginning Friday, December 8.
Additionally, Columbia is selling a handful of extremely-limited brown Han Solo parkas signed by #HarrisonFord himself, which will be available in select Columbia stores. ALL proceeds from the sale of these parkas will be donated to @ConservationOrg
"Today we are witnessing the largest conservation rollback in the history of the United States, the nation that has long led the world in national parks and protected areas." - Dr. M. Sanjayan, Conservation International CEO (See link in bio for full statement.)
Brace yourself, chocolate lovers: Chocolate consumption is growing while cacao production is declining. But a new project in Mexico could pave the way to a brighter future for your chocolate. Click link in bio for more info.
Coffee isn’t just an important part of your day. It’s also the livelihood of over 120 million people in more than 70 countries. .
Our goal at @ConservationOrg is to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. Discover how we are changing lives and making your morning cup better through the Sustainable Coffee Challenge by clicking the link in our bio. #SustainCoffee
Repost from @shawnheinrichs - On assignment in New Caledonia with @conservationorg and @vulcaninc, we dropped on a deep ocean FAD and were immediately swarmed by several dozen very curious silky sharks. With the global shark fin trade having devastated many silky regional populations by as much as 99%, something like this is extremely rare today, and not something I have seen in almost 2 decades. This is a strong testament to the excellent conservation work of @conservationorg and the government and people of New Caledonia. @vulcaninc@globalfinprint@50reefs@bluespherefoundation@oneiga
There are only a few hours left. Support an unprecedented model of community-based conservation with @ConservationOrg & @glassybaby on #GivingTuesday. Nature gives us so much so, give back and your donation will be matched for DOUBLE the impact. (See link in bio) #weneednature