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It’s Earth Week and we caught up with Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, who became the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) last year, to talk about his plans for the GEF and a new partnership launching today. The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration led by Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the GEF, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. Their goal is unprecedented in terms of geographic and time scales — the Alliance aims to protect and conserve18 million square kilometers of the ocean by 2025 –– that’s an area twice as big as the continental United States and larger than the continent of South America. This could give a real lift to the global effort to conserver 30% of the ocean by 2030. Carlos Manuel said of the growing movement to protect more of the ocean,
“There is political appetite to protect 30 percent of the global ocean by 2030. The Blue Nature Alliance is a catalyzer that can help large-scale ocean conservation and support the growing interest of countries to go beyond their traditional terrestrial approach and be able to achieve this global objective of protecting 30 percent of the ocean. This is within the jurisdiction of the waters of the countries, and the next step will be going all the way to the high seas where we have a lot of possibilities to increase sustainable management of those resources out there.”
Watch the whole interview — it is worth your time!
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of […]
The Fossil Fuel Resistance is in Washington, D.C. October 11-15, 2021#PeopleVsFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/BsnJsujRFe — Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) October 11, 2021 On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, hundreds of people marched to the White House to demand the President and Congress step up efforts to combat climate change. The rally was organized by the Build Back Fossil […]
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