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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Our world is not as bad as you think

By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Sea becoming acidic - Chemistry in School How great is our world - R.S. Orang-utans deforestation - NG Kids Magazine Appreciate what's in our planet Population Increase - Geography Can you believe how quickly this year has gone? Just 1 second ago it was summer and the next second, I…

Climate and Biodiversity: How can we take meaningful action?

With the world’s leaders meeting in Paris at the beginning of December to set targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the timing seemed right to host an evening, led by two expert speakers, to discuss the realities of climate change. Does the global process work? What is happening below government level? How are landscapes and wildlife changing in response to climate change, and how can we take meaningful action? Our experts, Dr Kersty Hobson, a social scientist researching individual, community…

IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders Meeting

Synchronicity Earth’s Founding Trustee, Adam Sweidan, and I attended the recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi. The IUCN SSC is a network organisation with a few core paid staff. However, the majority of its 140 Specialist Groups and committees are made up of thousands of passionate volunteer-experts, ranging from academics to NGO staff, whose work focuses on a diverse range of species including little-known fungi to the well-known African…

Experience is everything. Well, it counts for a lot - especially in conservation

I've just returned from visiting Hutan, one of the organisations we support in Sabah, Borneo. I went because at its heart, it is about orang-utans, and at my heart, one might say I'm about orang-utans too. I've met many of our project partners - we are lucky to be based in London, a city so many people pass through - I'd even had the pleasure of meeting Isabelle Lackman, Hutan's founder in our offices. Over the years I've learned about…

Q & A With Louis Masai – The Coral Mural and Campaign

We asked artist Louis Masai about the process of painting the LondonLovesCorals mural in Shoreditch, and about his hopes for our broader coral campaign. The mural was started on 10th September, sparking tremendous social media interest, with people asking Louis to add their favourite coral-dependent species to the composition. The completed painting is becoming a landmark for London street-art tours, and the local campaign to save the mural means that it will be around for the foreseeable future. Keep in…

Bringing a Reef to Life

On 11th September 2015, talented artist, Louis Masai, began a new collaboration with Synchronicity Earth. His Mission: to paint a 60 foot mural on a wall in Shoreditch, London. He started with a globe – its continents fringed with dead reef structures. Throughout the week, viewers were treated to the sight of an ecosystem coming to life. First came the diverse and abundant corals, and then the fish and mammal species that depend on them. By the 7th day, the…

Biophilia

Biophilia - n. an appreciation of life and the living world; n. an innate love for the natural world, supposed to be felt universally by humankind. In 2014 Synchronicity Earth launched its Biophilia campaign to mark 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Since scientists first started documenting the state of all known species according to their risk status in the 1970s, the world has seen a rapid decline in wildlife. And while conservationists are bringing some…

Saving Coral Reefs Depends More on Protecting Fish Than Safeguarding Locations

In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by our partner Wildife Conservation Society. Study finds fish biomass more important than habitat or other factors used to define biodiversity ‘hotspots’ Reefs containing more than 600 kilograms per hectare of fish biomass should be conservation priorities A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that coral reef diversity ‘hotspots’ in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they…

The Importance of the ‘E’ in ESG

This article was originally posted on Pension Funds Online on 7th August 2015. Aurum's Adam Sweidan calls for the investment industry to help preserve the environment. The investment industry manages money; pensions for our future and wealth for future generations. But what future are we saving for if we do not preserve the environment? We live in an era where people believe that most problems can be solved with money and technology. Take quantitative easing; if there is not enough…

Critters in the sea

By Louise Hyslop In the spirit of engaging with those who are passionate about the environment and the world around them, please see below a guest blog by Louise Hyslop about her recent diving trip to the Philippines. Our oceans are at risk from a number of threats. The carbon dioxide that we are pumping into the atmosphere is slowly being absorbed by the oceans and acidifying them. There are also vast swirling patches of trash such as the "Great…

Bad but good

By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Summer is on the way, and in magazines and newspaper articles, many things have caught my eye. I’ve realised that with each bad thing happening in the world, good things are being done. As many of us know, Rhinos are critically endangered and many of us our concerned with this…

Global Sustainable Food and Agriculture: A Landscape Assessment

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is a coalition of foundations that have come together to help engender a transition towards sustainable food and agricultural systems that promote security and equity. It recently commissioned a report overviewing the relevant philanthropic landscape. The report includes: Profiles of 24 donors working on food and agriculture - we are delighted to be included amongst them; Identification of critical issues facing sustainable food and agriculture systems; and Case studies that illustrate collaborative…

Pope Francis’ encyclical

Long before its publication on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis’ encyclical – Laudato si’ (subtitled “On the care of our common home”) – was subject to intense media speculation. A strong pro-environmental message was anticipated which, given the Pope’s reformist reputation, appealed particularly to those who saw the need for spiritual leadership: others hoped to dissuade the Pope from intervening on matters that they saw primarily as being non-religious. And so the encyclical carefully sets out the case for a…

A wave of change

On Friday (19th June, 2015), the world moved closer to creating a conservation treaty for the High Seas – the vast body of water beyond national jurisdiction that covers over half of the Earth’s surface. A long process has been underway at the United Nations (UN) since 2006 to determine the need for such a treaty and to decide whether it is feasible. A Resolution at the UN’s General Assembly on Friday re-affirmed the commitment by Heads of State and…

To make palm oil ‘sustainable’ local communities must be in charge

By Forest Peoples Programme In the spirit of engaging partners, see below a guest blog from Forest Peoples Programme. This article first appeared in The Ecologist. The palm oil industry's repeated failure to keep its promises illustrates why global initiatives to achieve 'sustainable palm oil' must place communities centre-stage, writes FPP. Standard-setters like the RSPO must demand action, enforcement and accountability - not just lofty commitments that inspire hope, but rarely deliver. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification…

Nepal - Link between dams and earthquakes?

Nepal is located in the Eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet within a seismically active region. It is therefore subject to earthquakes - the most recent of which occurred in April 2015, killing thousands of people and creating a national-scale catastrophe. There are fears that more earthquakes and aftershocks will follow, and that their consequences might be exacerbated by hydropower dams. Nepal’s Seismological Centre, a government body, lists floods from dams, levee failure and subsidence as earthquake-related hazards on its…

What price Picasso?

By Victor Miller In the spirit of engaging with those who are passionate about the environment and the world around them, please see below a guest blog by Victor Miller who is the father of our Executive Director, Laura Miller. So a painting by Picasso sets a new world record. Does this really reflect the value of the painting or the wealth (beyond avarice) of the new, unknown owner? Who will see it and who will enjoy it? More and…

Hope

By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Summer is almost here! For me, this means I am getting to the end of my school year. Since starting at my new school, I have been keen to get involved in environmental causes. I even stood as the Green Party candidate for my school ‘general election.’ Unfortunately, I did…

Spring 2015 Newsletter

In November last year we turned 5 and as we approached that milesone we had a very busy 2014. We continued to support our excellent partners throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Melanesia and developed a new portfolio theme, focusing on regeneration. We also hosted a glorious Biophilia Ball to mark both our fifth birthday and 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, as well as several smaller events throughout the year, including two ground-breaking educational initiatives…

Virunga’s future remains tenuous

We have blogged previously about worrying plans for oil exploration within Virunga, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the beginning of March, the Prime Minister of the DRC announced that his government wants to find a way to explore for oil in Virunga and will engage in negotiations with UNESCO to explore this idea. Civil society groups (including some of our partners) only heard about these discussions via press reports.…

The Limits of Growth revisited

On 10th March, 2015, Zoological Society London hosted a discussion entitled ‘Are Economic Growth and Biodiversity Conservation Compatible?’ Moderating, and providing an overview of biodiversity trends since the 1970s, Jonathan Baillie – Director of ZSL Conservation Programmes and Synchronicity Earth advisor – highlighted a key insight from analyses of data: species declines slow as societies become more developed. But does this mean that development is good for biodiversity? Emma Duncan, Associate Editor of The Economist, has long argued that economic…

Power of photographs

By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Hi! This month, I wanted to talk about so much how you can help others be aware through many ways. Over the past few weeks, my Dad has been in touch with a professional photographer called David Yarrow, who goes out to many places and takes incredible pictures of wildlife.…

EPIC project is back at Koh Klang village with Projects Abroad volunteers

This blog was first published on 23rd February 2015 by Synchronicity Earth partner Mangrove Action Project. On February 13th, 2015, 12 volunteers and 2 staff members from Projects Abroad together with 1 project manager from IUCN, 3 staff from MAP-Asia and 6 villagers from the Klong Prasong district were back in Koh Klang village to work at EPIC-CBEMR site # 2. The volunteers were very international coming from Denmark, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Argentina, USA, Canada and China. The objectives…

Synchronicity Earth celebrates its 5th birthday

In our first 5 years, we have mapped out the best way that we can add value as donors and actors in the environmental space so that we can inspire others but also ensure that the most needed interventions are supported. Jessica sets out the inspiration behind and purpose of SE in this Think Piece and Speech. Speech given by Jessica Sweidan at the Biophilia Ball - 22nd November 2014, Natural History Museum Tweet

Progress towards protection for the High Seas

What is it? New York, 25th January 2015: At a meeting of the UN Working Group on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, governments agreed to begin negotiations for a new legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. The agreement comes after nine long years of deliberation and intensive negotiations and is the result of efforts by the High Seas Alliance and the IUCN (both SE partners). Why is it so important? The agreement covers the…

White-bellied Heron Working Group established

After discovering the plight of the world’s second largest heron and one of the most threatened birds globally, I felt a need to do something to help kick-start collaboration between the range states and to increase action and interest in the species. I identified some of the most dedicated White-bellied heron conservationists and researchers but as I got to understand their work it became clear that they needed to scale-up their efforts in order to save the species. After many…

Three years at Synchronicity Earth – So why’s it so unique?

Having always worked in the charity sector (in wildlife conservation and related fields), I was surprised to discover a completely different type of organisation – Synchronicity Earth – when I joined just over three years ago. We are a charity with a difference: we are trying to increase the number of people giving to environmental causes. Rather than compete with other charities in the sector, we direct the funds we raise towards them. Unlike many foundations, we don’t put out…

Scientists call for an end to deep sea bottom trawling in UK waters

Last week, I attended a meeting in Parliament hosted by former Fisheries Ministers Ben Bradshaw and Richard Benyon. Presentations given by marine scientists helped explain why deep sea habitats around the UK and Ireland are so important for both environmental and economic reasons. Yet currently these vulnerable habitats, the species they support and the services they provide are threatened by bottom trawling, whereby fishing vessels drag giant nets along the sea floor. Bedrock reef at Solan Bank, UK covered with…

World Parks Congress

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress was held 12-19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Almost 6,000 people participated, including conservationists, indigenous and community organisations, academics, policy makers and business leaders. Synchronicity Earth’s Founder – Adam Sweidan – attended along with freshwater and species CRA, Gemma Goodman. Opening Ceremony at World Parks Congress Photo: Wayne Quilliam Photography. Many of the discussions were about meeting Aichi Target 11 which states: “By 2020, at least 17 per…

New thinking

By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Happy New Year! 2015 has finally arrived. Most people may have new years resolutions, I normally don’t, but this year I am hoping to be able to spread the word of thinking sustainably to more people. Deforestation caused by palm oil plantations. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti (Greenpeace). This year, I want…