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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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Chimpanzee in Bossou, Guinea West Africa's chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction. (© Kalyanee Mam)

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Guinea, be smart – go solar

They are our closest relatives, yet we put chimpanzees in danger – even within protected areas. In Guinea, president Condé plans to build a hydroelectric dam inside Moyen-Bafing National Park, home to 4,000 of these great apes, risking the death of more than a third. Tell Condé to cancel this harmful project and to focus on solar power.

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To: the President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé and the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS)

The proposed Koukoutamba dam threatens people and chimpanzees in Moyen-Bafing National Park. Please cancel this harmful project and focus on solar power.

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