Biodiversity

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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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Bonobo Bonobos are smaller than chimpanzees. (© Guenter Guni/iStock)

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No primate blood for oil!

Some of the last mountain gorillas roam the forests of Virunga National Park. The Congolese government, however, is less interested in this priceless treasure than in the dollar value of the oil under the protected areas – and it now wants to allow drilling in Virunga and Salonga. Please sign our petition and tell them NO!

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To: the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, and Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala Nzenze

Virunga and Salonga National Parks are crucial for the survival of gorillas and bonobos. Do not sacrifice them to business interests.

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