We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]

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Honoring Our Mother

Honoring Our Mother

by Monica and Miro   In honor of Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the mother we all share – Mother Earth.  The imagery of nature and the natural world, and all its bounty, has its origins in many cultures. In Greek mythology, Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life; the Latin word for […]

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To the Class of 2020, From Monica and Miro

To the Class of 2020, From Monica and Miro

Graduations are another important ritual that we collectively have to forego this year to due to coronavirus.  If you are like me (Monica) with a son, and a niece and nephew who are graduating, here is the upside – you don’t have to sit through a speech by some celebrity or politician telling your loved […]

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Earth Day at 50: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Earth Day at 50: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

By Daniel C. Esty Tens of millions of Americans took to the streets 50 years ago this week to demand ramped-up environmental protection in the face of choking smog in cities across the country, fouled waterways (including the drama of Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catching on fire), and a terrible oil spill that blackened the California […]

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Turning to Nature to Help and Heal

Turning to Nature to Help and Heal

By Katy Fenn, Director, Education Outreach, World Wildlife Fund   Fellow parents: this is a challenging time for most of us.  I’m a mom to a 4-year-old and a nearly 2-year-old now home from daycare, and like so many of you, I am adjusting to a new way of working while figuring out how to […]

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50 Years of Earth Day: How to Continue Our Fight in the Age of Coronavirus

50 Years of Earth Day: How to Continue Our Fight in the Age of Coronavirus

By Miro Korenha and Monica Medina This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day when 20 million Americans took to the streets and demanded action to clean up the environment.  It was a unifying moment – people from all walks of life and in every region participated. It was an impressive expression […]

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Coronavirus – How to Get Out of This Madness

Coronavirus – How to Get Out of This Madness

by Lee Hannah, Senior Scientist, Conservation International Right now, money is flowing from Capitol Hill to provide us with much needed economic support in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As this happens, we need to make sure that money also flows towards preventing similar pandemics from happening in the future. To stop this cycle of […]

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Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

By: Carson Barylak, IFAW Programs Manager and Meredith Whitney, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Program Officer.  This blog first appeared on the IFAW web site and is reprinted with their permission. The Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has gripped audiences across the world and created countless memes across the internet; the iconic wild animals, complex human […]

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Enduring in an Era of Disruption – Lessons from My Grandmother

Enduring in an Era of Disruption – Lessons from My Grandmother

by Scott Nuzum Another night of restless sleep, another day spent searching for meaning in the midst of a crisis. I struggle to focus; my mind is taxed with constant worry about the health and safety of everyone I know and love. In the past twelve weeks, people around the world have helplessly watched COVID-19 […]

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Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

By Beth Allgood,  U.S. Country Director, IFAW In 2013, the United Nations (UN) marked March 20th as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in the lives of people around the world. Last year, I attended the launch of the annual UN World Happiness Report in New York. This […]

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The Coronavirus Is Cause for Panic, We Have More To Fear From the Climate Crisis

The Coronavirus Is Cause for Panic, We Have More To Fear From the Climate Crisis

by Monica Medina and Miro Korenha, founders and publishers of Our Daily Planet  Of all our recent musings, the piece that garnered the most interest was one that we wrote wondering why people find coronavirus so frightening, but when it comes to climate change, most people are nonplussed. The parallels between the coronavirus outbreak and […]

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In Honor of World Wildlife Day, Empathy for Animals One and All

In Honor of World Wildlife Day, Empathy for Animals One and All

By Azzedine Downes, President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare As the leader of an organization dedicated to the wellbeing and conservation of animals, I often receive requests from the general public to intervene to help animals in need—from rescuing emaciated lions in makeshift zoos in Sudan, to helping multiple species of animals […]

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