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 […]Continue Reading 918 words
- International Day of Happiness
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
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 […]Continue Reading 956 words
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 […]Continue Reading 940 words
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- Australian fires
- koala bears
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 […]Continue Reading 962 words
As Black History Month draws to a close today, it is important to take stock of the environmental movement’s progress when it comes to environmental justice. Suffice it to say that today may be the best of times in terms of recognition of the problem, but also the worst of times as well. Environmental and climate injustice in this country are as bad as they have ever been given the Trump administration’s policies favoring corporate polluters and particularly fossil fuel companies.
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by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher Our Daily Planet As the early contests of the 2020 presidential election unfold, one thing has been evident: for the first time, climate change is a key issue for Democratic voters. There’s been plenty written about how voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and especially Nevada see climate change as […]Continue Reading 872 words
by Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director of Asia, International Fund for Animal Welfare One billboard at Wuhan Huanan live animal market, where scientists believe the Coronavirus has originated, sends a shiver down my spine. The sign from the store with “wild tastes” in its name reads like a zoo’s exotic animal collection mixed with […]Continue Reading 622 words
By Patrick Ramage, Director – Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare This World Whale Day, as whale-huggers and marine conservationists from Maui to Monterey, Monaco to Mombasa measure recent progress, there is much to celebrate. As we assess prospects for actually “saving the whales” in the 21st century, there is also much cause for […]Continue Reading 265 words
By Monica Medina, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher, Our Daily Planet I had always wanted to visit Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park — I am not quite at the bucket list stage yet but I am deep into “YOLO” territory, so for my birthday this year I planned to make the trek. Cabo Pulmo is a UNESCO […]Continue Reading 1110 words
My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge To My Grandchildren— This is the most important letter I will ever write. It concerns your future—and the tomorrows of the innumerable human beings who share this vulnerable, fragile planet with you. It involves changes that must be made if environmental disasters are to be avoided. The response […]Continue Reading 1078 words
by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet As the World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off this past week in Davos, Switzerland, there was a lot of promise that maybe this would finally be the year where business leaders wholeheartedly stood up for climate action. But aside from CEOs cringing at Donald Trump’s […]Continue Reading 628 words
By Kate Wall When one thinks of the western United States it’s hard not to conjure up images of wildlife and wilderness. But a coalition of “western” lawmakers wants to change that. Last week the Congressional Western Caucus formally announced a raft of legislation aimed squarely at the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA has […]Continue Reading 894 words