Happy birthday to conservationist and longtime @ConservationOrg supporter @ShaileneWoodley . “Let me grow. We can solve your climate problem, together.” Shailene lends her voice to Earth’s vital forests. #NatureIsSpeaking and it's time to listen - our future depends on it.
“Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge is the key to helping not only the world’s indigenous peoples, but all of humanity, adapt and mitigate to climate change. By combining this knowledge with science and technology, by grounding innovation in nature, we have the greatest chance to meet [IPCC’s] ambitious new carbon targets.” - Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, @ConservationOrg senior indigenous fellow
BIG NEWS: We’re proud to partner with The @Starbucks Foundation this holiday season to protect the planet’s vital forest ecosystems. Standing forests play a major role in mitigating climate change and $25 protects an entire ACRE. But that’s not all: Thanks to The @Starbucks Foundation’s commitment to match up to $100,000 you can double your impact this holiday season. . Take action and protect the nature we all depend on TODAY. Link in bio. #MatchTheMagic
A mother zebra and her foal in Tanzania. . During the first year of their lives, young zebras follow their mothers closely. They learn from their every move, observing what foods they eat, their migratory routes, and how they keep a watch out for predators.
A school of yellowstripe scads swim in tight formation in the waters surrounding the Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia’s West Papua Province. This area is the epicenter of global marine biodiversity with marine protected areas safeguarding the vast array of life living underwater.
Meet the leaf katydid. This species of insect is one of the most remarkable leaf-mimics in the animal world. In addition to being perfect, walking replicas of leaves, each has a slightly different coloration to prevent predators from memorizing the appearance of these otherwise defenseless insects.
The world need forests to fight #climatechange, but rural communities also need to generate income. One way this can be resolved? Sustainable harvesting of non-timber forest products or any product other than timber that is naturally produced in forests and can be harvested for human use without cutting down trees. Think food items, such as nuts, berries, mushrooms and seeds, or non-food items such as oils, perfumes and medicinal plants.
#DYK: Elephants help protect forest health by distributing the seeds from trees. Because they roam over such great distances, elephants play a key role in spreading tree seedlings far and wide. Scientists have documented lower tree diversity in forests that have lost elephants, meaning a less healthy and resilience forest. Keeping forests healthy ensures they will continue to store carbon in their trunks, roots and soils, which in turn helps reduce the impacts of #climatechange.
Did you know the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating for 20 hours a day? Planting trees that shade homes from sunlight during the hottest hours of the day can make a big cost-saving difference AND help the environment.
For a lioness, every day can feel like a Monday. Female lions take on major responsibilities for the pride, doing much of the hunting, cub rearing and protecting. But luckily, they’ve got support, usually all the females in the pride are related – mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters.
The amount of heat accumulated by the oceans in recent decades may be much higher than originally thought, according to a study published this week. Earth’s oceans, the study’s authors reported, have absorbed 60 percent more heat per year than realized. And if findings are accurate, it will mean we have more work to do, in less time, to stop global warming.