Help save endangered island species this Giving Tuesday
Islands are home to countless plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Unfortunately, the isolation that led to the evolution of these unique species also means that far more extinctions take place on islands than on the mainland. That’s why Seacology focuses exclusively on protecting island ecosystems and supporting the communities that depend on them. For example:
Orangutans, our highly intelligent fellow primates, are now only found in the wild on two islands, Borneo and Sumatra. Clear-cutting of rainforests for oil palm plantations and other exploitation driven by poverty has destroyed much of their habitat. Seacology has worked with several rural communities to give people their sustainable alternatives.
Many of our projects protect seagrass meadows around islands, from the United Kingdom to the Philippines. These underwater plants are vital food for endangered sea turtles, manatees, and dugongs. They also keep enormous amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere—acre-for-acre, more than any terrestrial forest—providing a global benefit.
On the Caribbean island of Bonaire, we helped save one of the world’s rarest trees from extinction. Only 25 mature Bonaire palm trees were left on earth, and goats and donkeys were eating all the new seedlings. Seacology funded a fence around the trees, and within a year, healthy new ones were taking root. After the success of this simple but effective intervention, the local government is discussing enlarging the reserve.
On this Giving Tuesday, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to support these critically important projects and many others. Our work is only possible thanks to the generous support of people like you, who share our vision of a brighter future for the world’s islands.