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Like many primates in Cameroon, Pikin had been captured by poachers for her meat. Fortunately, she was heroically rescued by Ape Action Africa, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of great apes. While at Ape Action Africa's sanctuary, she met and fell in love with rescuer Appolinaire Ndohoudou. As a refugee from Chad, Ndohoudou was able to make special connections with primates like Pikin, who had also narrowly escaped danger. “When Pikin arrived I saw that she was very clever,” Ndohoudou explains. “She really loved me and I loved her.”
When Ape Action Africa needed to transport many of its rescues to a new, larger enclosure, Pikin was paired with Ndohoudou for the journey. While she had been sedated, she unexpectedly woke up while in transit. McArthur, who was also in the car, recalls her alarm at the situation. “I sat in the front passenger seat, excitedly taking photos of this incredibly unique situation, when to my horror, Pikin awoke from the sedation. I think it goes without saying that one should never get in a car with an alert gorilla.”
To everyone's surprise, the young gorilla remained at ease. “Though at first Pikin seemed a bit startled by her situation—a first experience awake in a moving vehicle, the noise and the bumpy road—she was drowsy and felt safe in the arms of her friend and caretaker, Appolinaire.
Massive swathes of coral reefs are already suffering irreversible damage because of ocean acidification, bleaching, and destructive fishing techniques such as bottom trawling, which literally crushes deep-sea coral with weighted nets.
They also kill thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other “bycatch” animals. Coastal fish farms release feces, antibiotics, parasites, and non-native fish into sensitive marine ecosystems. In addition, since most farmed fish are carnivorous, they are fed massive quantities of wild-caught fish. It takes up to 3 pounds of fish meal to produce every pound of farmed salmon.
Ocean ecosystems are under crippling stress from acidification, ocean deadzones, and overfishing.
With our growing population and growing demand for seafood, there is a lot of money to be made from destroying our oceans.
We have shifted from a fisherman on his boat with a net to now using multi-million dollar shipping vessels that use military and sonar technology to pinpoint the precise location of fish in our oceans.
Demand is not just for humans, pigs on land now eat more fish than sharks, and domesticated cats eat more fish than seals.
As a result our food system is completely out of balance with the laws of ecology, as we extract resources at a rate far faster than the resources are capable of replenishing.
The world is currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction event in its history, involving the highest rate of species die-off since the loss of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Since 1970, there has been a 58% overall decline in the numbers of fish, mammals, birds, and reptiles worldwide.
Species are becoming extinct as much as 1,000 times more frequently now than in the 60 Million years before people came along. While the other five extinction events were caused by natural disasters, this one is on us.
Ocean sanctuaries not only protect incredible wildlife like whales and penguins, but they ensure healthy oceans which soak up carbon dioxide and help us to drawdown carbon from the atmosphere, and minimise the impact of imminent climate change.
Today, only 2.7% of the ocean is strongly protected. Scientists are clear that we need to create marine sanctuaries across at least 30 percent of our oceans by 2030, to protect wildlife, ensure food security for billions and help tackle climate change. But without immediate global cooperation, this target is unlikely to be met.
Proposals to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth have been blocked by countries who are heavily involved in krill fishing. The UN’s upcoming Kunming biodiversity summit will be a critical meeting to secure a global 30 by 30 commitment.
The Antarctic ice sheet contains sufficient ice to raise world-wide sea level by more than 60 meters if melted completely.
Rising seas are caused by the expansion of warming ocean water and water runoff from melting ice sheets and glaciers. Currently, sea levels are rising by three to four millimetres a year, but the rate has increased by about 30 percent over the last decade. The rate could accelerate even more as continent-sized ice blocs near the North and South poles continue to shed, especially in Antarctica, known as the sea level 'wild card.'
Climate Scientists predict an added 5-to-10 centimetres will more than double the frequency of flooding in the tropics. An increase in flooding frequency with climate change will challenge the very existence and sustainability of coastal communities across the globe.
Soknouv next to his family’s new vegetable garden. His family was finally able to save enough money to build a strong enough fence to keep roaming cattle out of a garden.
Cows, owned by wealthier villagers, roam the area throughout the day, and eat anything they can access.
This leaves the poorest villagers unable to grow vegetables, unless they are able to build strong fencing. In many cases the families do not have enough money and are forced to purchase vegetables at the local markets.
Like many poor families, Sreynit is raising a piglet for a wealthier villager. She’s responsible for feeding and nurturing the pig until it is big enough to be slaughtered.
For her efforts, she will receive a very small sum of money, hardly worth her time, but she is so poor that she has little choice. She’s sacrificing funds to feed the pig, rather than feed herself.
The Wuaruni can feel and understand all parts of the jungle, they know the jungle like the back of their hand and they treat it as we treat our villages and cities.
Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef. With rapid growth in the sales of Brazilian beef leading to accelerated destruction of the Amazon rainforest. “In a nutshell, cattle ranchers are making mincemeat out of Brazil’s Amazon rainforests,”
The government of Brazil offers loans of billions of dollars to support the expansion of its beef industry. Approximately 200 million pounds of beef is imported by the United States from Central America every year. And demand is increasing day by day with China and Russia consuming more Brazilian beef than the European market.
In Central America, 40 percent of all the rainforests have been cleared or burned down in the last 40 years, mostly for cattle pasture to feed the export market—often for U.S. beef burgers.