Biodiversity

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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Uganda: keep the oil in the ground – save Murchison Falls!

Uganda sits on vast oil resources, and three companies are ready to drill – in of all places, Murchison Falls National Park. A Chinese construction company is already expanding a road that cuts through the protected area. Speak out against this disaster in the making!

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To: the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni; the management of TOTAL, CNOOC, CCCC, Exim Bank of China

Oil drilling and infrastructure projects are a huge threat to Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Albert. Put a stop to this disaster in the making.

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