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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


 

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  1. You may have seen in the news that Brazil has  new President.  And he's hell bent on destroying the rainforest in Brazil.

    Sign this petition here with Care2.com 
    Destroying the Amazon Rainforest Is a Disaster for Earth and the Economy

    The newly elected president of Brazil is called Jair Bolsonaro.  He ran a campaign based on climate change denial.

    And he's promised to jump-start Brazil's economy by deforesting the Amazon Rainforest for lumber and also to open up new land for raising livestock and for agriculture.

    Unfortunately for him, an in-depth economic study finds that Brazil will move a whopping $8.2 billion annually if the Amazon is destroyed. 

    It will adversely affect rainfall, damage farming and make long-term logging unprofitable and costly.  And it would be moving vital carbon sinks from the planet.

    So Care2.com have this petition you can sign to call on the government of Brazil to make the right choice for both the country's economy and environment and reconsider his move to aggressively deforest the Amazon.

    Sign the petition here.

     

  2. What do you want to achieve in 2019?  What would you think if you were able to play a part in delivering anti-poaching techniques, protecting wild landscapes and helping to expand a ranger force to protect wildlife?

    Well, I’ve had an email from African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation.  It takes on the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.

    In their email, they share their goals to make an impact for people and wildlife in Africa. And they need supporters to help them achieve their targets.

    Here are African Parks’ goals:

    1. To expand their ranger force by recruiting 200 new Rangers and growing their force to 1,200.  The rangers come from local communities so this is a great way to involve local people in conservation – it gives locals a chance to take charge of their futures

    2. To grow and deliver successful anti-poaching techniques.  Its K9 anti-poaching unit in Akagera, Rwanda, is helping to bring poaching to an all-time low in the park.  New puppies are training to join the unit next year, and the plan is to deploy a new K9 unit in Garamba in the DRC where parks have been hard hit by militarised elephant poaching

      These are the latest members of the K9 anti-poaching team
      These are the latest members of the K9 anti-poaching team
      ©African Parks

    3. To restore and protect more wild landscapes.  At the moment, African Parks manages 15 parks in 9 countries, conserving 10.5 million hectares in Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.  Its aim is to manage 20 parks by 2020.  Several parks are in the pipeline already.

    You can be a part of this journey with a few simple clicks to follow African Parks'  progress….If you make a donation, it all goes directly to the parks.  Go to African Parks' website here

     

  3. I love the World Land Trust; it’s one of my favourite charities and I’ve been a supporter for some time now, doing what I can.  After all, every £1 matters.

    So I was very pleased to see from their website that the supporters of the Trust, of which I am one very small part, has reached its £600,000 target to save 8,154 acres of Jungle for Jaguars in Belize.

    The target has been reached far faster than the World Land Trust anticipated, so they are going to press on and look for donations to go towards the purchase of another vital piece of corridor.  A £100 donation can save one acre of habitat there, thanks to a government subsidy, but frankly every bit helps and you don’t have to donate that amount to be a part of something really very special.

    I donated towards the Jungle for Jaguars appeal in memory of my father on the occasion of his birthday and I feel a warm glow inside my heart every time I think of a jaguar on the prowl through a jungle, doing what jaguars do.

    Like every species on the planet, they deserve the right conditions to thrive and survive and it’s up to us humans to ensure they get it.

    Donate here to the World Land Trust.  Every £1 will help the jaguars and all the wildlife who need these corridors to move safely from one area to another.

     

  4. There’s news from Wilmar International.   They are important, because the Singapore based company supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil.

    They say (which is different to actually doing) that they will commit to map its suppliers’ entire landbank by the end of 2019.

    Wilmar is going to use satellite monitoring to check for deforestation.   If they catch companies cutting virgin forest for plantations, those companies will immediately be suspended from doing business with Wilmar.

    Greenpeace say they will be watching this development carefully and its activists have been busy in the last few months.  If Wilmar does what it says, it means that by 2019 it will be almost impossible for its suppliers to get away with forest destruction.


    The problem with palm oil is that it’s cheap – so used in a major way in cosmetics, toiletries and food products.

    Huge areas of rainforest have been destroyed to allow for palm oil plantations.

    Wildlife species have been badly hit, most notably the orangutan. 

    Wilmar’s decision comes about because people are showing a backlash against companies that use unsustainable and unverified palm oil. 

    We must all watch this development and see what Wilmar International actually does.   As I said at the start, making these plans is different to actually carrying them out and DOING them.  But it’s a start and could be a useful benchmark with which to see what progress they make by the end of 2019.

    Make a Difference NOW to Rainforest Conservation

    An Indonesian oil palm plantation is up for sale and the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) has a golden opportunity to buy this land and restore the lush forest that once stood there.  They need to raise £870,000 by February 2019 to do this and help save the habitat for orangutans.  As I write, over £512,000 has been donated already.   Find out more and donate here.

    Lots of people are giving £5 or £10 or whatever they can to this appeal.   What matters is that lots of us take action and give something to make a difference and get this land to protect it for wildlife.  I donated for my aunt’s birthday present as she adores orangutans.  Every £1 or $1 helps.   Donate here