By: Michelle Johannesson
Current issues of climate change, habitat degradation, and wildlife exploitation have lead to severe population crises amongst many species. The World Wildlife Foundation estimates that at least 10 000 species become extinct each year at a rate that is 1000 to 10 000 times greater than the natural extinction rate. Fortunately, there are remarkable organizations who are bravely spear-heading movements to save earth’s environment and wildlife. We’ve highlighted our top 3 favourites in this blog post.
1. Orangutan Foundation International
OFI is dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and orangutan habitat. Founded in 1971 by Dr. Galdaka’s and her colleagues, OFI projects are advanced from extensive research regarding the ecology and behaviour of wild orangutans. OFI prevents habitat degradation through education and community programs and protects displaced orangutans through rescue, rehabilitation and release into stable habitats. Significant progress has been made by the organization to reduce the threat of extinction to wild orangutan populations and they continue to be at the forefront of new orangutan research.
2. Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd was established in 1977, with the intent to lead an international movement to conserve marine life. The organization protects marine biodiversity by confronting illegal activities, defending marine species, and reducing pollution to aquatic ecosystems. Organizations like Sea Shepherd provide crucial protection for marine life against factors like water pollution and over-harvesting; factors that have had a huge impact on the welfare of aquatic ecosystems. Sea Shepherd continues to grow their protective reach and they recently launched a new campaign called Operation Jairo II to protect endangered sea turtles.
Photo from: still image from Sea Shepherd YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRYjOhn_GeNtZjz4TY1OJEg
3. Save Tigers Now
Save Tigers Now is a global campaign lead by Leonardo DiCaprio and the World Wildlife Fund. The campaign works to fight illegal poaching and sale of tigers, climate climate change and habitat degradation, and human-wildlife conflicts. Tigers have lost about 93% of their historic range, which significantly increases the impact of factors like poaching and low habitat quality. Through financial, political, and public support, Save Tigers Now strives to double the wild tiger numbers by 2022.
We are inspired by these courageous organizations and the steps they have taken to protect Earth’s beautiful species and ecosystems! If you want to get involved with any of the campaigns mentioned in this post, simply follow the links listed below: