The ocean’s health is faltering. The damage has escalated in recent decades, and continues to accelerate. For World Ocean Day, one of the most important things we can do to protect and restore our ocean is urgently tackle climate change.
By John Tanzer, WWF Global Ocean Lead
From melting sea ice to coral reefs dying in overheating waters, the devastating consequences of climate change are already playing out in marine ecosystems and coastal communities all over the world. At the same time, our ocean and coastal habitats hold vast potential to help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. …
Carol Phua, WWF, takes a hard look at why we need to get smarter about conservation to create real impact for nature & people in a climate-changed future.
Conservationists are often optimists by nature. Whatever brought us to this work, we’re here because we believe we can bring about positive change to our world — a world where nature is valued, people are sustained by its bounty, and justice prevails, both socially and environmentally.
But even the most relentless optimist can’t ignore the hard truth: If we don’t address climate change with the urgency that’s needed — mitigating the worst…
Fran Price, Lead, WWF Global Forest Practice
World Environment Day this year marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, an important moment to get people excited about restoration and to galvanize a new generation of activists who are passionate about protecting and restoring nature.
We are at a critical moment in time: people are waking up — and stepping up — for nature and, more than ever, understand the importance of a sustainable future. Forests are at the heart of this future. Ending forest conversion, preserving the forest carbon sink, and restoring forests has the potential to…
By Karina Berg, Global Grasslands and Savannahs Initiative Lead, WWF
There is no question that forests are magnificent. They have given rise to some of the world’s most stunning biodiversity and provide critical ecological services for the planet. Their role in mitigating climate change is widely recognised. It’s truly wonderful that our appreciation for the world’s forests continues to grow. And yet, is it possible that in the growing urgency to protect forests we’ve overlooked other equally irreplaceable ecosystems in the process?
Two iconic shark species — oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead — as well as many other sharks and rays inhabiting the open ocean are being pushed toward extinction. Main threat? Overfishing. How did we get here and what can be done to save them?
by Dr. Andy Cornish, WWF Global Shark Leader
You don’t forget your first time underwater with a school of scalloped hammerheads. The undulating way they swim together is a thing of beauty. I had travelled all the way to Mozambique to be surrounded by these predators, and was in awe. Years later, in the Red Sea…
All governments must more clearly make the links between protecting climate, nature and people, writes Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF’s Global Lead Climate & Energy. He is also a former Minister of Environment for Peru and COP20 President.
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a good example of the threat posed by climate change and the opportunities that aggressive climate action offers, being a vulnerable and biodiversity-rich region. Many governments have stepped forward with ambitious climate plans — but now they must turn those plans into action. And the ones who are yet to do so must follow suit. The region…
By Alex Lankester and David Bloch
The challenges the global environment is facing today are too big, too interconnected and too urgent for any single organisation or sector to solve alone. At WWF, we believe that determined collective action is needed to drive widespread positive change. We need strong partnerships with a variety of other stakeholders, including global businesses, to tackle the growing and dual challenges of nature loss and climate change.
This is why following many years of collaboration in South Africa and Russia, WWF and Mondi launched a global partnership in 2014 to tackle three of today’s biggest…
By Eric Wikramanayake, WWF Lead Asian Flyways Initiative
Boasting a wingspan of just 50 centimetres, the Red Knot somehow manages to migrate over 10,000 kilometres from Australia to its breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle — and then back again. Astonishingly, this small bird flies for up to a week without stopping to rest or feed: just one of the extraordinary tales of the great Asian Flyways.
World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate these long-distance bird migrations. To marvel at the variety of birds that are part of this ecological and evolutionary phenomenon — from cranes and…
On World Tuna Day, 2 May, we recognize the food security and economic benefits of these species. But we also must recognize the importance of keeping thriving tuna populations in the ocean, where they perform vital services.
by Giuseppe Di Carlo and Marcel Kroese, WWF Ocean Practice
In the dark days of 2020, as masked shoppers loaded up on staples to weather pandemic lockdowns, two items flew off the shelves: tuna and toilet paper. All of a sudden, the humble can of tuna was a buffer against uncertainty.
While we haven’t seen the last of COVID-19, most shoppers have stopped…
Build political momentum, drive sectoral transformation ahead of COP26; and recalibrate our efforts to tackle the destruction of nature
2021 should be a breakthrough year for climate and nature, writes WWF Global Lead for Climate & Energy Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and Gavin Edwards, WWF Global Coordinator, New Deal for Nature & People.
Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.