House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

House Passes Historic Conservation Bill to Protect 3M Acres

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Nearly 3 million acres of federal land could gain new protections after the House of Representatives passed a major conservation bill last Friday. The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, rolls together eight bills previously introduced. If passed in the Senate, it would: Designate 1.5 […]

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U.N. Security Council Focuses Climate Risks

U.N. Security Council Focuses Climate Risks

Climate change is the biggest threat facing the world, and yesterday’s United Nations Security Council meeting was focused on the topic. United States climate envoy John Kerry, who participated in the virtual meeting, warned that ignoring the crisis and its threats to global security would mean “marching forward to what is almost tantamount to a mutual suicide pact.” 

Why this Matters: Global food security, poverty rates, and public health are all negatively impacted by climate change. These destabilizing forces are already driving people to migrate and shifting power balances on the international stage.

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Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A new United Nations blueprint frames taking on the interlocking climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution as a peacemaking endeavor. The “Making Peace with Nature” report emphasizes that the three must be solved together and require reframing what’s economically valued. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted at a press […]

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Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

Our Agricultural Footprint Can’t Go On Like This

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer When you break down how land in the U.S. gets used, acre by acre, almost half of the country is dedicated to livestock.  Add up the space used for pasture and grazing plus the agricultural land used to grow livestock feed crops, and 41% of the country is dedicated […]

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Do More Than Hope for a Happy New Year

Do More Than Hope for a Happy New Year

by Beth Allgood, President, OneNature  As we wrap up perhaps the most heartbreaking year in memory, many virtual watercooler conversations revolve around our hope that 2021 will be a happier, healthier one for all.  For that to happen, we need more than hope.  We need a vision of a brighter future, a roadmap to get […]

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Consider a New Paradigm With Nature: Coexistence

Consider a New Paradigm With Nature: Coexistence

By Azzedine Downes,  President & CEO of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare History is laden with the underlying mythology of the immense human struggle to exist, a ‘push and pull’ across cultures, countries, resources, and boundaries, both natural as well as those that are man-made. It is this notion that we must fight for […]

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