Biodiversity

Automeris sp. caterpillar on a twig Caterpillar of the Automeris sp. moth

Life on Earth originated around 4 billion years ago. While it initially existed only in the oceans, it later spread to the land and atmosphere. Since then, an unfathomable number of species have evolved, around half of which are insects. Numerous plant and animal species have yet to be documented, and many new ones are being discovered every day.

While we are only just beginning to understand the web of interdependencies between organisms, humans are jeopardizing our planet’s highly complex ecosystems and their inhabitants by clearing forests, overfishing the oceans and overfertilizing agricultural land. Air pollution and increasing levels of acidity in the oceans are having profound consequences.

The pace of extinction has accelerated to the point that species are vanishing before we even have a chance to discover them. Find out more here.

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Residents of Brooke’s Point form a human barricade in front of Ipilan Nickel Corporation’s mining site Residents of Brooke’s Point block Ipilan Nickel Corporation’s mining site to prevent nickel ore from being transported out (© SPM)

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Philippines: Help us save Palawan’s forests!

The island of Palawan is a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve – an internationally recognized ecological and cultural treasure. But now the Philippine government is opening vast areas of rich biodiversity and Indigenous land to mining. Please sign our petition and help preserve one of the last true slices of paradise in the Philippines!

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To: President of the Republic of the Philippines; Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Governor of the Province of Palawan; Chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); UNESCO General Director and others

“UNESCO must raise the issue of mining on Palawan Island with the Philippine government. Mining has no place in a Man and Biosphere Reserve!”

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