Synchronicity Earth

Synchronicity Earth is a charitable foundation with an ambitious vision: a sustainable planet that values the interconnectivity and interdependence of all living things.

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Why we should continue supporting partners in the DRC

The British government announced today that it has stopped £21 million in aid to Rwanda due to accusations of its support for M23, a rebel group at the centre of current conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the same time it has said it will give £18 million to urgent humanitarian needs in the DRC. Perhaps this delay is a result of not wanting to repeat the mistakes of the past. In 1994, the UK failed…

Why support international conservation? Part 2

The previous post showed that most life on Earth is found in the tropics, where it is also being lost quickest. In this blog I discuss how the impacts of this are not evenly felt. The greatest needs (continued) The consequences of biodiversity loss and environmental decline can be severe. Developing country fisheries typically have no management data, yet supply food for so many millions of people and overlap with areas of high biodiversity. A recent study in Science found…

Why support international conservation? Part 1

“Charity begins at home”. What if we stretch the definition of ‘home’ to encompass the entirety of Earth? Understandably, this idea may not sit well with everyone. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of reasons to prioritise international conservation. The next two posts discuss the list in more detail: • Biodiversity loss is a global problem. Globally speaking, the greatest needs are in tropical developing countries, where impacts are also felt more keenly; • Much of this need…

Moving Forward – Conclusions at CBD COP-11

By Katherine Secoy, Senior Policy Advisor, Zoological Society of London (a role part-supported by Synchronicity Earth). Last May, newly elected Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) secretariat, Mr Braulio Dias, stressed the urgent need for implementation of the biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, 2010, having failed to reach the 2010 targets. At the most recent Conference of Parties of the CBD (COP11), negotiations on financing the implementation of the targets was the main topic on the agenda. A…

Why Conservation is Important

By Henry Ficklin, aged 10. Many animals like the cod, the dodo and the American passenger pigeon used to be plentiful. But now two of these are extinct and the cod is very endangered. This can only be explained by human actions. Humans would use or eat these animals without being worried about conserving them. Numbers declined until they became extinct or endangered. If people had a stronger sense of conservation and the importance of these animals in their ecosystems…