💚 Rewilding the Galapagos Islands 🏝️

💚 Rewilding the Galapagos Islands 🏝️

Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Tuesday 👋

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • Restoring wildlife diversity on the Galapagos Islands 🏝️
  • More sustainable chocolate 🍫
  • Get involved in World Animal Day 🐯
  • And more… 💚

What comes to your mind when you think about the Galapagos Islands?

For me, it’s the image of a giant tortoise and that of Charles Darwin.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and their plants. But, unfortunately, their delicate ecosystem faces many environmental threats… 

That’s why I’m especially happy that their country’s government, Ecuador, actively intervenes to protect and restore their unique diversity!

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🏝️ How Ecuador’s Government is Restoring the Diversity of the Galapagos Islands

1️⃣ The big picture: The Government of Ecuador has announced their commitment to invest $3.4 million in reintroducing 12 native turtle and bird species to the Galapagos Islands. The species, which include the Giant Tortoise and Galapagos Hawk, were once endemic to Floreana Island in the Galapagos Archipelago, but have disappeared in recent years. The project, which is funded by the government and through public donations, also aims to weed out invasive cats and rodents on the Island, to restore the unique diversity of the Galapagos. Back in May 2023, Ecuador’s government also converted $1.6 billion of debt into a loan to direct vast resources to the Galapagos Islands, making it the largest transaction of its kind. 

2️⃣ Why is this good news: The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, with over 7,000 animals and plants seen nowhere else in the world. It’s also the place where Charles Darwin developed his infamous theory of evolution. However, the islands face a number of threats from rising tourism to invasive species. As a result, at least 150 native species are now classed as endangered or critically endangered. 

3️⃣ What’s next: The first stage of the project has been to eliminate invasive species from Floreana Island. This is expected to be completed within the next year. The rewilding part of the project will begin in 2024, with the reintroduction of specimens chosen from specific source populations on surrounding islands. 

👉 You can already help to support wildlife conservation efforts around the globe by contributing to the Best Wildlife Conservation Charities

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📢 More Good News…

🍫 World’s largest chocolate manufacturer commits to a 50% GHG reduction by 2030:

  • The world’s largest chocolate manufacturer, Mars, has released its net zero roadmap, detailing their strategies to reduce gas house emissions by 50% by 2030.
  • Since 2015, the company has achieved an 8% GHG reduction across their operational processes.
  • This is part of their ultimate goal to be a net zero business by 2050, which is also supported by over $1 billion in climate-related investments over the next three years.

🤖 Using robots for large-scale seagrass restoration:

  • In collaboration with Project Seagrass and Swansea University, environmental engineering company Land and Water has developed an automated seagrass planter (ASP).
  • The planter works by strategically placing biodegradable hessian sacks filled with sand and seagrass seeds at specific locations to optimize growth. 
  • Seagrass meadows act as vital carbon sinks, capturing carbon 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. But, they have been declining by a rate of 110 km2 per year.

🧑‍🌾 Plant-based nanoparticles could control pests on farms:

  • Engineers at the University of California have developed nanoparticles from plant viruses that can deliver pesticide molecules at much deeper depths than current methods.
  • This new method could offer farmers an effective low-cost way to control parasitic nematodes in soil, reduce pesticide use, and minimize environmental toxicity.
  • The nanoparticles are created by removing infectious RNA molecules from the tobacco mild green mosaic virus and mixing the remaining particles with pesticide solutions.
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🐯 Event of the Week: World Animal Day

👉 Did you know that this Wednesday, October 3, is World Animal Day? This event was set up to raise awareness of how animals are treated. It’s a day to celebrate all animals and animal lovers around the world. 

1️⃣ The big picture: World Animal Day was founded in 1925 by Heinrich Zimmermann, publisher and writer for the German magazine Mensch und Hund (Man and Dog). He launched an event on March 24, 1925, in Berlin to raise awareness of animal welfare, which drew 5,000 attendees. In 1929, the event was moved to October 4 to coincide with the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Today, World Animal Day is celebrated through organized awareness events to improve standards of animal welfare around the globe. 

2️⃣ Why is this important: Despite advances in animal welfare in recent years, it’s estimated that one animal suffers from some form of abuse every minute. Most of these relate to farm animals. However, over 6.3 million pets enter animal shelters across the US every year, and more than 115 million animals are used for cruel laboratory experiments annually. Wild animals fare no better, with an estimated 35,000 elephants killed for their ivory and 73 million sharks illegally slaughtered every year. 

3️⃣ How can you get involved: You can get involved in World Animal Day by attending a local awareness event or you can even consider setting up your own. Alternatively, you can visit an animal shelter or zoo to improve your knowledge of animal welfare. Perhaps you can even consider adopting a new pet; many shelters run adoption events around World Animal Day. So, it might be the perfect time to consider whether you can provide for an animal in need. 

Additionally, you can check out the organizations below that fight to protect animals and improve animal welfare on a global scale:

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📜 This Week in History

🇩🇪 October 03, 1990: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to a unified Germany within NATO, marking Germany’s reunification. This came after four decades of Cold War division. 

🍲 October 03, 1863: President Abraham Lincoln officially designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

🛰️ October 04, 1957: Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviet Union. This was the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, marking the beginning of space exploration. 

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💭 Quote of the Day

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” 

— Abraham Lincoln, Former US President

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