Mass Extinction/Biodiversity

I love giraffes so the photo below is very disturbing to me and brings home the message of millions of animals vanishing from planet Earth. Read below, even if you cannot donate, the info is valuable. es

Take Action Now!
Dear friends,

65 million years ago, an asteroid killed 75% of life on Earth.

Today we’re facing another mass extinction — but this time, the asteroid is us.

Humanity has now destroyed two-thirds of the world’s rain forests, half the coral reefs, and 87% of all wetlands. Now a million species are howling on the sharp edge of extinction.

We couldn’t stop the last mass die-off, but we can stop this one.
The next five months are critical.

Governments are busy negotiating a new global deal to save nature, with final talks at the end of August. It means we only have 150 days to ensure leaders follow the science and agree to protect half the planet.

Their decisions will be decisive for life on Earth, so we have to go all out.

If 10,000 of us make a small weekly donation, we can storm the talks, shaking the halls of power with the voices of Indigenous people, scientists, and millions of citizens. We’ll face down the polluters and poachers, pushing our leaders for a deal to truly end the extinction crisis.

I promise you this: we’ll fight with every fibre of our being.

Because Earth can’t wait anymore. For the bees, birds, bears, and every strand in the fragile web of life, join this deafening roar for the planet — donate what you can now:

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More than 50 governments have now agreed to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 — but scientists say it isn’t enough. For nature to regenerate, and to save our planet’s life-support systems, we have to protect half the Earth — and we need a global treaty to enforce action.

Avaaz campaigners are already shaping the treaty, in fact our team of nature defenders is just back from the preliminary Geneva talks! But too many leaders are siding with polluters, weakening agreements, and running down the clock. We can’t let it happen!

Millions are getting this email right now. If enough of us make a small weekly donation, we could:

  • Super-size our campaign for maximum pressure on world leaders to deliver a real deal to save nature;
  • Bring the largest delegation of Indigenous leaders and scientists, backed by millions, into the final negotiations;
  • Defend the rights of Indigenous communities who’ve protected vast stretches of the natural world for centuries;
  • Power Avaaz’s fight to defend critical ecosystems, like the Amazon rain forest — and mobilize to elect leaders who protect them;
  • And launch powerful new campaigns to shift billions spent on dirty investments into planet-saving projects around the world.

Ultimately, this is about survival. What happens to the natural world, happens to us all. We are not separate from nature; we are part of it, connected to the very trees, rivers, and oceans that are being decimated. But we also have the power to change course. Our fragile Earth needs a voice. Let’s be deafening together — donate what you can now: 

Earth Day concept. Hand holding a leaf and earth together!

Petition to Save Penguins in Peril in Antarctica

Last night I saw a program on TV about saving baby penguins that was very heartwarming, so this petition seems timely:

 

Sign the petition

Only 2 baby penguins from a colony of 40,000 survived in Antarctica last year! And scientists say the whole ecosystem could collapse unless we protect it from massive fishing fleets and climate destruction. Countries are about to vote to create a HUGE sanctuary. European leaders want it, but to get them to drive it home we’ve got to show it is a massive public priority. Join now — let’s get a million voices, opinion polls and media ads before the vote.

SIGN THE PETITION

Dear friends,

18,000 beautiful baby penguins hatched in an Antarctic colony last winter. But just two survived!

The rest starved — and industrial-scale fishing and climate change threaten to wipe out countless other polar species. Scientists say the only way to save Antarctica’s ocean is by urgently protecting it — and if just two more governments give their backing, we can create a massive network of ocean sanctuaries there.

The vote is coming up, and European leaders can bring the blockers on board —if we quickly show massive public support, we can make sure they step up.Let’s make this huge, then run opinion polls, take out media ads, and deliver our voices directly to President Macron and the EU, calling on them to save this penguin paradise, before it’s too late.

Save Antarctica’s ocean wilderness — Sign now!

In 2016, millions of us helped rally public pressure to create the first Antarctic Ocean sanctuary, in the Ross Sea. It is the largest marine protected area on the planet. But it represents only a small portion of the fragile ocean that surrounds Antarctica.

The wildlife there is already struggling because of climate change — and industrial fishing fleets could push this fragile ecosystem over the edge. At least three more sanctuaries are needed to keep this precious wilderness safe. And they could be created if we make sure EU leaders feel this is a public priority.

Whether we win another marine sanctuary there comes down to a single decision. Russia and China are the two main blockers — but experts say that French President Macron and the EU Commission can win them over. Let’s inspire them to action by raising a million beautiful voices to save this polar paradise — join now and share this everywhere.

Save Antarctica’s ocean wilderness — Sign now!

Avaaz means voice in many languages and speaking up for our fragile planet is one of the things we do best. We have helped secure massive marine reserves all around the world — but this time, it’s not just one more sanctuary — we’re going for the entire Antarctic network and this petition will keep building until it is fully established.

With hope and determination,

Lisa, Pascal, Bert, Christoph, Mike, Nataliya and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/13/penguins-starving-death-something-very-wrong-antarctic

#ANTARCTICA2020 – A vision for the future (ASOC)
https://www.asoc.org/explore/latest-news/1751-antarctica2020-a-vision-for-the-future

So long, King Penguins: Scientists warn climate change may leave these birds “screwed” (Mashable)
https://mashable.com/2018/02/26/king-penguin-populations-decline-as-oceans-warm/#EPboQjyNimqG

Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/14/decline-in-krill-threatens-antarctic-wildlife-from-whales-to-penguins

Plans rejected for East Antarctic marine park (Nature)
https://www.nature.com/news/plans-rejected-for-east-antarctic-marine-park-1.22913

EU and China agree ocean partnership – China’s position may be softening (China Dialogue)
https://chinadialogueocean.net/3925-can-the-eu-and-china-work-together-in-antarctica/

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world (The Conversation)
https://theconversation.com/why-remote-antarctica-is-so-important-in-a-warming-world-88197


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