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UN extinction report: an alarming wakeup call
“One million species at risk of extinction.” “World on notice.” “Humans accelerating extinction of other species.” These alarming headlines earlier this month were prompted by the United Nations release of a summary of its upcoming report on the grave threats that human activity poses to the Earth’s biodiversity.
The report outlines four main areas of concern: overfishing, the acceleration of climate change due to the burning of fossil fuels, pollution, and the impact of invasive species. We work to combat each of these threats by funding:
- Marine reserves (we’ve set up or supported more than 100) that ensure healthy local fisheries
- Green energy projects that use sustainable technology like solar panels and micro-hydro generators
- Protection of hundreds of thousands of acres of mangroves and other forests that prevent carbon from entering the atmosphere
- Clean-up of contaminated land and waste management efforts
- Removal of invasive species, which can quickly wipe out native island plants and animals
Of course, we’re just one small organization, and tackling these global problems requires a multifaceted, worldwide effort. Seacology focuses on protecting island habitats because most extinctions happen on islands—on an isolated island, a local threat can wipe out entire species. Because we work only on islands, dollar-for-dollar, our work has an outsized positive impact. Thank you for supporting Seacology as we do our part in facing these unprecedented challenges.