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  • COP21 – Is the jubilation warranted?

    By Jeremy Lent 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 Jeremy Lent. This article first appeared in Patterns of Meaning on the 16th December 2015. There was a resounding tone of history being made over the weekend in Paris. UN Secretary General…

  • 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…

  • 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 -…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Virunga discussed in parliament

    Allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, associated with SOCO International’s oil exploration in and around Virunga National Park, were discussed in the UK parliament this week. In the House of Commons on 17th December 2014, Pauline Latham MP OBE raised the Question: “Will the Secretary of State tell us what her Department has done to address the serious and…

  • Human evolution

    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. In the beginning, there were just innocent animals and nature. But then we came along: humans. We became smarter and smarter, and as time passed we discovered more. But look…

  • Palm oil

    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 In this blog I am going to be talking how Palm Oil Plantations have a massive impact on our environment. It is not the Palm Oil itself that is the…

  • The Gathering Storm

    Our oceans partner, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a new report 'THE GATHERING STORM: Climate Change, Security and Conflict.'  This report finds that while climate change may not be the sole cause of conflict in the future, it will increasingly become one of the most important and decisive factors. In 2012 alone 31.7 million people were forced from their…

  • Do you ever wonder whether you can make a difference?

    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. Before I begin, I want to introduce myself. My name is Lucilla Partridge and I am 12 years old.  I have always had a passion for the environment and endangered…

  • Conservation success in motion

    Last night, Synchronicity Earth hosted a small event about large-scale dams. During it, we showed Todd Southgate’s DAMOCRACY, a story of resistance against two of the world’s most controversial dams – the Belo Monte in Brazil and the Ilisu Dam in Southeastern Turkey. The film was recently screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada and is attracting…

  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species at 50!

    Today marks the start of a year long celebration of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. For the past 50 years the IUCN Red List has been instrumental in guiding conservation action and policy decisions as well as providing a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life. The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive…

  • Economic growth and biodiversity: the true costs

    This month’s edition of The Economist magazine contains a 14-page special feature on the relationship between economic growth and biodiversity. It describes an environmental Kuznets curve, whereby ecological conditions worsen in the early stages of development but improve after a certain level of prosperity has been reached – by which time people and nation-states have the technical means to satisfy…

  • IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is providing core funding to the Freshwater Biodiversity Unit of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and collaborating to raise the profile of the world’s freshwater biodiversity crisis –…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Three

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the final of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • Food Choices - Part Two

    Following on from Food Choices - Part One, I continue to discuss the pressures placed on natural resources by meat production, specifically on water and its inhabitants. Water: In addition to direct impacts of land clearance and farming methods on freshwater ecosystems, including pollution and siltation; meat production requires huge amounts of water input -it takes much more water to…

  • A conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle and Dr Heather Koldewey

    Last Wednesday Synchronicity Earth and Project Ocean joined forces to host a lunch at Selfridges for members of the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), featuring a conversation between Sylvia Earle and Heather Koldewey. Sylvia Earle is regarded as a legend in the marine world with Time Magazine naming her their first ‘Hero for the Planet’. Sylvia was chief scientist at the…

  • Freshwater

    Freshwater is paramount to all life on Earth, providing food, hydration, sanitation, nutrient-cycling, carbon-storage and climate regulation. Freshwater ecosystems cover less than one per cent of the earth’s surface, yet are home to up to 50 per cent of all fish species. Despite their importance, freshwater biodiversity is currently low down on environmental priorities and as such receives little funding…

  • SCALE

    Many of the threats facing wildlife and natural ecosystems are simply too large and entrenched to be tackled by any one organisation. Powerful vested interests often stand in the way of environmental progress, and conservation groups are unable to compete directly in terms of resources and influence. The response of conservationists can be described as tactical rather than strategic –…