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Sharing Resources: Key to COP26 Success

BERKELEY, Calif. -- World leaders meet in Glasgow beginning October 31 for the United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference, to address the conclusions of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: that human activities have unequivocally warmed and damaged the planet. Share International attributes 80 percent of the warming to human actions, and says sharing resources to mitigate the inevitable consequences is key to solving climate change.

As early as 2007, an article by a Master of Wisdom, recorded by the late British author Benjamin Creme and published in Share International magazine, gave this 80 percent figure and stated that we have a pivotal choice to make: to reap the beneficial results of immediate action, or face the destruction that would ensue from doing nothing, or too little.

The article stated that the World Teacher for this age, Maitreya, who is gradually emerging into public view, "will advocate a simpler form of living, one more in keeping with the planet's situation. When enough people are convinced that this is necessary," it presaged, "there will be a growing movement to simplify throughout the planet." It further predicted that "faced with the dilemma of necessary change, men will come to realize the inevitability of accepting the principle of sharing. Only sharing will make these changes practical and possible."

Although the effects of climate change are coming faster than scientists anticipated, the IPCC report affirms there is still time to slow or even reverse some changes by reducing CO2 emissions to at least net zero. But to accomplish this globally, the wealthier countries must not only curb their own emissions but also share resources and technology with less developed nations, to ensure that all can make the necessary rapid transition to sustainable energy sources.

Three of the four goals of COP26 require potentially large financial investments: radical emissions reductions, strengthening adaptation to climate impacts, and mobilizing finances. The fourth is for countries to work together to accomplish these pressing but inescapable measures. The COP26 web site indicates, however, that developed countries have not even made good on their 2009 Copenhagen Accord pledge to mobilize by 2020 at least $100 billion in climate finance per year for developing nations. Another impediment noted by Jeffrey Sachs, president of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is that poor countries must borrow internationally at rates of 5 to 10 percent, and many have no access to capital markets at all, while rich countries benefit from near-zero interest rates.

Clearly, politicians have not yet responded to the climate crisis at levels commensurate with the danger, but COP26 offers a pivotal opportunity. To succeed at their stated goal of "uniting the world to tackle climate change," COP26 participants will need to go beyond inequitable loan financing and fast-track unconditional sharing of the financial and technological resources necessary to bring all countries on board. This is in line with Maitreya's rallying call to humanity: "Share and save the world."

Share International USA is a non-profit educational organization established to disseminate information about the presence in the world of the Masters of Wisdom, led by Maitreya. More information can be found at https://www.share-international.us/learn/WorldTeacher/.

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Environmental Justice Leader Mustafa Ali to Dialogue with White House Advisor Gina McCarthy at BIPOC Climate Justice Virtual Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After an introduction by U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, environmental justice leader, Mustafa Santiago Ali, will discuss the Biden-Harris Administration's approach to climate justice with White House Advisor Gina McCarthy during a panel discussion at the day-long virtual BIPOC Climate Justice event. The panel, "White House Climate Overview," starts at 12:55 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2020, the HBCU Green Fund announced today.

A former official at the Environmental Protection Agency, Ali is the vice president of environmental justice, climate and community revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation and founder of Revitalization Strategies. Gina McCarthy is a leading environmental health and air quality expert. EPA under President Obama and helped in efforts to secure the Paris Climate agreement.

Convened by the HBCU Green Fund, Land Peace Foundation, BIPOC Climate Scholars Project, and U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment Coordinating Team, the event will provide an opportunity for climate leaders to discuss national climate goals and priorities with top administration officials and federal agency representatives.

Climate leaders will discuss BIPOC priorities for a just transition, culturally responsive climate action, and will also introduce the community-driven U.S. framework for Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), as recommended in Article 12 of the Paris Agreement. They will also discuss implementation of Biden's Justice40 initiative across federal agencies.

The BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue is free and open to the public. For An agenda participant list visit http://hbcugreenfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/BIPOC_Dialogues_Agenda.pdf.

WHAT: Panel featuring John Kerry, Mustafa Ali, Gina McCarthy, Felicia M. Davis

WHERE: Facebook Live: https://m.facebook.com/HBCUGreenFund

ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81039783325?pwd=RUV1dUZpY0ZxcEpSVENTV2RuSzZqZz09

WHEN: DATE: Thursday April 8, 2020

TIME: 12:55 PM until 1:30 PM**

**(please note: the day-long event is 9 AM - 5 PM)

CONTACT: Media is invited to attend. For more information email edmedia@dogonvillage.com, text: 818.613.9521, phone: 770.961.6200.

ABOUT HBCU GREEN FUND

The HBCU Green Fund promotes investment in sustainable campus solutions, interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum development, student and faculty engagement and just climate policy with a focus on historically black colleges and universities.

ABOUT LAND PEACE FOUNDATION

The Land Peace Foundation (LPF) is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Indigenous way of Life, which includes: the protection and preservation of Indigenous land, water, religious and/or spiritual rights; proliferation of cultural and traditional practices; strengthening of kinship roles, and; preservation of ceremonial ways of being.

ABOUT BIPOC CLIMATE SCHOLARS PROJECT

The BIPOC Climate Scholars Project is established as a resource hub activating a national network of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian/Pacific climate scientist and policy experts eager to advise, conduct and support research and implementation of public and private action to address climate change.

ABOUT U.S. ACTION FOR CLIMATE EMPOWERMENT COORDINATING TEAM

The ACE team promotes the alignment of climate education, workforce development, and civic engagement nationally to accelerate a just transition to a low carbon economy and coordinates multi-level participation in the development of an Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Framework to advance the US national strategy as articulated in UNFCCC and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Edrea Davis, 770.961.6200/818.613.9521 (cell).

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.ECO® Brand Unites Those Committed to Fighting Climate Change

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The time is now. planet .ECO® affirms that environmental justice is social justice and is illustrating that belief through its creation - .ECO, a transformative brand that unites individuals and organizations committed to combatting climate change. .ECO empowers digital eco like no other product or service by helping consumers, brands and advocates to globally advance sustainability solutions.

Inspired by the belief that "inclusion is the solution," .ECO asserts that clean air, water and soil are basic human rights that all communities across the planet deserve. Addressing disparities in exposure to pollution in communities of people of color is an important part of its mission.

"Ensuring that everyone has a healthy environment is a challenge that requires global collaboration among all stakeholders; big and small players alike must play their part," Moses W. Boone, president and co-founder, .ECO says.

The .ECO brand provides trailblazing, domain, licensing, advertisement agency and verification services that allow a global community of companies, consumers and advocates to connect and promote initiatives that protect and preserve the planet for future generations.

.ECO platforms recognize and promote .ECO community members who work to realize true environmental sustainability for all. The platform includes petitions to take the pulse of the community about key issues associated with environmental justice and the protection of the planet.

planet .ECO, CEO and co-founder, Jean William says, "The .ECO brand has always been clear that inclusion is the solution. We are proud to promote the use of .ECO as a way to empower and connect all communities, individuals, professionals, organizations, experts and governments to support a wide variety of projects focused on collaborative efforts to combat climate change."

The open and unified .ECO brand aims to ensure that all stakeholders' voices are heard. The creators of the brand believe now is the time to correct society's disparities.

.ECO® brands are the exclusive U.S. registered trademarks of planet .ECO LLC.

About planet .ECO, LLC

Since 2009, planet .ECO has been the exclusive registrant of .ECO and continues to provide .ECO domain, database management and advertising agency services. planet .ECO is a purpose-driven organization aimed to create platforms and opportunities for people and organizations committed to fighting climate change. The .ECOnide Giveback Program pledges to donate five percent of its .ECO domain name related registrations, pre-tax profits to sustainable projects.

For more information: https://www.planetdoteco.com/

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Secure The Future 2100 Publishes Paper – Arctic Ice Loss a Strategic National Security Issue

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Secure The Future 2100 (STF2100) has published a paper "Arctic Ice Loss Threatens National Security: A Path Forward" in the Fall 2020 issue of Orbis, the Foreign Policy Research Institute's quarterly journal of world affairs. Co-authored by the scientist team at STF2100, the paper proposes a strategic approach to develop and coordinate basic and applied research to address the challenge of rapid depletion of Arctic ice and warming of permafrost.

"Global warming is causing a dramatic and rapid shrinking in Arctic sea and land ice," says Dr. Anthony Strawa, retired NASA atmospheric scientist. "A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study reports that the Arctic has warmed at least twice as fast as the rest of the planet, due to a phenomenon known as Arctic Amplification. This loss of Arctic ice impacts weather patterns globally and in the Northern Hemisphere in particular."

The article proposes that the United States take a strong leadership position in addressing issues of Arctic ice loss. Secure the Future 2100 recommends that the United States expand funding towards basic and applied research and multi-agency coordination, an effort they call the National Arctic Ice Restoration Initiative (NAIRI), designed to better understand both Arctic ice loss and develop effective Arctic ice restoration approaches to mitigate and even restore ice loss.

"Events such as droughts, wild fires and hurricane related coastal flooding, all exacerbated by global warming, result in food and water shortages, severe economic and environmental loss and mass human migrations that can destabilize governments and threaten our national security interests," notes Dr. Steven Zornetzer, retired Associate Center Director at NASA's Ames Research Center, "The loss of sea-ice is also changing the geo-political dynamics in the Arctic."

In publishing the paper, STF2100 seeks to raise awareness of the intersection of climate change mitigation and national security and the need for robust policy to address the challenges of rapid loss of Arctic sea and land ice.

Secure the Future 2100 (STF2100) is a nonprofit organization that works to engage the public and policy leaders on measures to mitigate climate change to protect global security and natural ecosystems.

As part of the public education and outreach mission of STF2100, our scientists are ready to present to civic groups.

Learn more: https://securethefuture2100.org/

Read paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030438720300508

To arrange for a talk on the National Arctic Ice Restoration Initiative (NAIRI), contact Catherine Shinners. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook

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Energy Optimizers, USA and E2 Host ‘Clean Energy at a Crossroads’ event in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio -- Recently, Energy Optimizers, USA co-hosted the E2 "Clean Energy at a Crossroads" event in Dayton, Ohio. In true energy-optimized fashion, the event was held at a renovated former steam energy plant in downtown Dayton. Energy Optimizers, USA founder and E2 Midwest Chapter Director, Greg Smith and staff organized the event, along with E2 Midwest Advocate Micaela Preskill.

Amid a backdrop of controversial state bills, like Ohio House Bill 6 (HB 6), and various rollbacks of fuel and emissions standards and other such policies, E2 and Energy Optimizers, USA gathered business leaders and lawmakers together to discuss ways of moving with positive economic and environmental decisions and policies.

Ohio House Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Jim Butler, among others, participated in discussions with more than 50 local business owners and interested parties. Butler defended his stance on the clean energy rollbacks of HB 6, but was receptive to the concerns of executives.

He said hearing from individual business leaders painted the conversation in a new light, and he appreciated the role that E2 and Energy Optimizers, USA played in bringing both sides together.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown shared the same views in this video he recorded for the event ( https://youtu.be/jWUEULr3KoQ ).

In addition to productive conversations between lawmakers and business owners, Energy Optimizers, USA founder Greg Smith announced that he will personally fund scholarships for 20 E2 Emerging Leaders members every year for the next five years. This major gift will help young, clean energy professionals become part of E2.

Smith said one of his passions is getting more young people involved in the fight for climate and clean energy.

"It's something I think is important and that I'm personally excited about it," he said.

See here to learn more about the E2 Emerging Leaders program and see here to apply for a E2 Emerging Leaders program scholarship.

Lean more about Energy Optimizers, USA at: https://energyoptusa.com/

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Coastal restoration and education high priority topics at upcoming USGBC Louisiana’s FORWARD Symposium on Sustainability in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- On Friday, October 18, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter will host its fourth annual FORWARD Symposium on Sustainability at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, 29 McAlister Drive New Orleans from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year's theme, Building a Stronger Louisiana by Nurturing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders, will bring green industry professionals from across the region together to discuss how to move the state towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

The one-day event will include the Women in Sustainability Empower (WISE) breakfast, the Green School Challenge workshop, educational sessions, the Sustainability Keynote luncheon and a Tulane LEED building tour. New this year is the GreenMatters series designed to showcase how environmentally conscious business leaders in the Crescent City are working to make festivals, dining, and tourism greener and safer.

The WISE breakfast keynote speaker is award winning architect, Ursula Emery McClure. McClure is a professor of architecture at Louisiana State University, founding partner at emerymcclure architecture, and senior project designer at architecture and design firm, Perkins & Will. In 2018, McClure was named on ArchDaily's list of 13 leading female architects from around the world. Her keynote topic is, A Career of Coastal Concern.

Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf will be the event's keynote speaker during the Sustainability luncheon. After several years of service in key roles at organizations including the Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Assistant Counsel to the President where he took the lead on Deepwater Horizon litigation for the White House, Ehrenwerth continues his fight to help coastal and deltaic communities prepare for the future. His keynote address will focus on how the region can use nature-based solutions to protect critical industry infrastructure, promote community resilience, create environmental benefits and sequester carbon.

"FORWARD offers us the opportunity to inform and educate the community about coastal issues concerning Louisiana that will have a direct impact on our quality of life," said Monica Gonzalez, USGBC Louisiana's chairperson. "From climate change to new trends in sustainability innovation, we are fighting to ensure that our policymakers, business leaders, educators, and students are well-equipped to handle the environmental changes we are currently facing. We invite everyone to be a part of the event."

The WISE breakfast will kick-off at 7:30 a.m. with opening remarks by New Orleans Councilwoman District E, Cyndi Nguyen. Following the breakfast, the educational sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presenters include: Jeff Cantin, President, Solar Alternatives; Ann Vail, Director, Louisiana Clean Fuels; Blake Woodward, Senior Manager, ICF; Dana Eness, Executive Director, Urban Conservancy; Chuck Morse, Executive Director, Thrive New Orleans; Professor Rob Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Kevin Singh, Professor of Architecture, Louisiana Tech University; Brendan O'Donnell, Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in DC & Berlin; Simone Feaster-Armour, Teacher of Gifted, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans; and Camille Pollan, City of New Orleans, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City Energy Advisor.

To view the agenda, go to the USGBC Louisiana website: https://usgbclouisiana.org/meetinginfo.php?id=2&ts=1565639860.

To attend the educational sessions, WISE breakfast and Sustainability luncheon, ticket prices are $110 for members and $145 for non-members. To attend the WISE breakfast only, the cost is $40, and the Sustainability luncheon only, the cost is $50. Students can register for the educational sessions for a special rate of $30.

To learn more about USGBC Louisiana and the FORWARD Symposium, visit https://www.usgbclouisiana.org/. For sponsorship opportunities email Michelle Jackson at events@prsolutionsllc.org.

Prior events provided professionals with the opportunity to earn American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) continued education units (CEUs). CEUs are pending approval. Please visit the USGBC website to stay abreast of the approval status.

About USGBC Louisiana:

USGBC Louisiana is a chapter of the USGBC. The organization's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous Louisiana. The board executive committee members include: Monica Gonzalez, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Chair), Dru Lamb, Herman Miller (Vice Chair), Richard Longman, WHLC, Architecture (Treasurer), Carrie Laurendine (Secretary), and Adrian D'Arcy, Shields Mott (Special Counsel).

Contact: Michelle Jackson
USGBC Louisiana Media Liaison
t. (678) 548-2461
e. events@prsolutionsllc.org

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Simplifile Joins the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees Initiative

PROVO, Utah -- Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents and counties, today announced that it is joining the Arbor Day Foundation for the launch of its Time for Trees(TM) initiative, a commitment to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities worldwide by 2022, alongside its partners. Simplifile has previously partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of Earth Month and has helped to plant 7,882 trees since 2014.

This year, Simplifile is sponsoring the planting of 2,289 trees with the Arbor Day Foundation. The trees will be planted in the Georgia Upper Altamaha Watershed, which the Arbor Day Foundation has identified as its greatest area of need. The Altamaha River watershed supports the largest concentration of rare species of any river in the state. More than 10 rare endangered plant and animal species are found in or along the river.

"We founded Simplifile Cares in 2015 because we wanted to be able to give back, not just to our community, but to worthy causes nationwide," said Simplifile President Paul Clifford. "Bringing together our employees, customers and communities to support the Arbor Day Foundation in its launch of the Time for Trees initiative is an honor, and we look forward to doing all we can to help drive awareness around trees as a scalable solution to the world's most critical environmental issues."

The Time for Trees initiative will leverage trees as a simple, powerful way to reverse the damage done by climate change and address the urgency of preserving the necessities of life - like clean air and water, healthy food and a livable climate - which are becoming increasingly compromised. This initiative is unique in that it will be powered by corporations, communities as well as individual citizens, showcasing the simplicity of tree planting - in one backyard or at scale. As part of this call to action, the Arbor Day Foundation is also inspiring 5 million tree planters to join in this initiative through existing partnerships and community programs.

"The Time for Trees initiative is an important step in protecting the necessities of life, but we can't do it alone. We're thrilled that partners like Simplifile are committed to coming together to drive change," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.

To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation's Time for Trees initiative or how to get involved, please visit https://timefortrees.org.

About Simplifile:

Simplifile, the nation's largest e-recording network, was founded in 2000 to connect settlement agents and county recorders via its e-recording service. Today Simplifile has broadened its services to include collaboration tools and post-closing visibility for mortgage lenders and settlement agents working together on real estate documents. Through Simplifile, users can securely record, share and track documents, data and fees with ease.

To learn more, visit https://simplifile.com/ or call 800.460.5657.

About Arbor Day Foundation:

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.

More information is available at https://www.arborday.org/.

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Timely World Event Comes to Atlanta, GA Organized by ALLATRA International Public Movement

ATLANTA, Ga. -- "THE UNIVERSAL GRAIN. Game of Professionals. Society. The Last Chance" to be held on May 11, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. ET, ALLATRA International announced today. This momentous event will be held at Georgia Aquarium, in the Oceans Ballroom in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

This is a Free Event. Attendance is by invitation only. Register here: https://allatra.tv/universalgrain/

"We are all people, and we all have one place of residence - the Earth, one nation - humanity, one value - life, thanks to which we can adequately realize ourselves and the meaning of our existence in a higher spiritual and moral aspect. Unification of People is the Key to Survival of Mankind!" -- Excerpt from the report "On the Problems and Consequences of Global Climate Change on Earth. Effective Ways to Solve These Problems."

Video Trailer "THE UNIVERSAL GRAIN" - https://youtu.be/M6DPiIqtPNs

This historic event will be attended by hundreds of thousands of people of diverse cultures, religions, and ethnic groups representing communities from around the world. People themselves are initiating this momentous event with the goal to raise vital questions that concern topics of peace, humanness, and empathy.

We will touch on the question as to why we have such world problems as wars, international conflicts, racial and religious discrimination, misinterpretation of information by mass media, consumer-oriented society, etc. This is a pivotal opportunity on such a significant scale for humanity to look into the eyes of each other and unite, not only in words, but in deeds.

People will gather in Atlanta as well as conference halls around the world and connect to the Atlanta event via live internet broadcast. Journalists and mass media representatives will also be present in many countries. We invite all people of goodwill to join us in Atlanta, USA or via live broadcast!

See registration link for a growing list of participating countries and locations. https://allatra.tv/universalgrain/

About ALLATRA:
ALLATRA International Public Movement is a format of interaction outside of politics and religion. This global Movement, already joined by millions of people from over 140 countries, is open to all people of good will regardless of their place of residence, nationality, social status, religion or political affiliation. The activities of this volunteer, all people's movement, are aimed at reviving spiritual and moral values in the world community and establishing a peaceful dialogue around cultural, social, spiritual and moral conditions of life within society.

This is a unique, peaceful global movement in which people, in their spare time, successfully implement an entirely new form of communication, an interaction which results in the unification of people around the world based on the principles of honesty, kindness, and justice.

Please visit https://allatra.org to learn more about ALLATRA International Public Movement and its activities

Twitter: @AllatRaMovement #allatraunites

Media Contact:
ALLATRA International Public Movement, USA,
Marina Ovtsynova
ALLATRA IPM participant,
Phone:770-317-4768
email: gp.universalgrain@allatra.tv

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Aquariums can play a crucial role in sustaining marine and freshwater species vulnerable to climate change

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Looking beyond the sharks and manta rays that catch the eye of visitors, researchers find great conservation potential in the wealth of fish and corals residing in the world's zoos and aquariums, says Species360 Conservation Science Alliance. A study published this week in Journal for Nature Conservation (April 2019) reports that aquariums hold 21 percent of the coral species that are Vulnerable to Climate Change (VCC), Evolutionary Distinct (EDGE), and assessed by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ (IUCN RL).

In the study, Species360 Conservation Science Alliance researchers, in collaboration with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), the Interdisciplinary Center for Population Dynamics at the University of Southern Denmark, Stellenbosch University, and the Zoological Society of London, evaluate conservation potential of 3,370 fish and coral species residing in 594 aquariums that share real-time data worldwide using the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).

The full announcement is here: https://www.species360.org/serving-conservation/press-release-aquarium-conservation-2019/

Comments:

Dr. Dalia A. Conde research author, Director, Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, and Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark:

"Our study shows an important representation of species diversity in institutions where managers and scientists are recording observations ranging from reproduction to environment. Access to real-time information about populations of vulnerable and evolutionary distinct species makes it possible to identify whether 'backup populations' exist that can help conservation efforts in situations such as the current coral reef crises."

Dr. Kira Mileham, Strategic Partnership Director, IUCN Species Survival Commission:

"Facing issues of such magnitude as changing climate, ocean acidification and over-fishing requires the conservation community to work together to strategically decide which efforts we must focus on and how to best save species. Experts within the zoo and aquarium community have vital roles to play in the success of these conservation efforts. This study shows the value in different sets of data combining to highlight where the greatest needs and opportunities lie for us to work together."

Wendy Foden, South African National Parks and Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission's Climate Change Specialist Group:

"The dramatic declines in coral reefs globally are of grave concern. As the world grapples with how best to respond, the vital conservation roles of aquariums and zoos become increasingly clear. Building and maintaining such biodiversity 'safe-houses' provides a backup plan against increasingly extreme and unexpected events, as well as against the declines that growing threats like climate change and habitat loss bring. They also bring us fascinating glimpses into creatures' lives which we might never have in the wild."

Rita da Silva, Research Author and Fellow of Species360 Conservation Science Alliance and PhD student at the University of Southern Denmark:

"From this study we were able to identify that more than half of the coral species dying off the coast of Florida are in aquariums. These populations can provide critical knowledge and hope for re-introductions when the threats are controlled."

Brian Zimmerman, Chief Zoological Officer, Zoological Society of London:

"The ZIMS database enables the Zoological Society of London's two Zoos to directly contribute insight to conservation efforts across the globe. The data captured here allows the zoological community to more easily share information and to track and measure vast conservation efforts. The ZIMs database has played a key role in our conservation efforts of fresh water fish through international collaboration and communication."

About the Study:

The paper has been published in the Journal of Nature Conservation led by Dalia A. Conde, Director of the Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's (Thereafter IUCN-SSC) Conservation Planning Specialist Group and Rita da Silva, Research Fellow of Species360 Conservation Science Alliance and PhD Student, Both Dalia and Rita academic work is at the Department of Biology and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics (CPop) at the University of Southern Denmark. Authors include: Wendy Foden, Global Change Biology Group, Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, South African National Parks, and Chair of the IUCN-SSC Climate Change Specialist Group; Paul Pearce-Kelly, Senior Curator of Ectotherms, Zoological Society of London, and Member of IUCN-SSC Climate Change and Conservation Planning Specialist Group and; Meredith Knott, Product Owner, Aquatics and Husbandry at Species360, and Member of the IUCN-SSC Otter Specialist Group; and Brian Zimmerman, Chief Curator at Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

OPEN DATA from the study is available at Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, and the original paper is open access and can be downloaded here.

About Species360 and the Conservation Science Alliance:

Species360, a non-profit NGO and global leader in wildlife care and conservation, supports a growing membership of nearly 1,200 aquarium, zoo, university, research and government entities on 6 continents and in 96 countries. Working together, these institutions have built the world's largest database of wildlife knowledge, the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).

The Species360 Conservation Science Alliance is a science-based consortium of progressive conservation leaders and researchers working together to advance species conservation outcomes globally. The Conservation Science Alliance operates under an agreement for cooperation among independent institutions to achieve the shared endangered wildlife conservation objective of 'using data in the fight to stop extinction.'

Learn more at: https://www.species360.org/

Conservation Science Alliance sponsors and partners include Copenhagen Zoo, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

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Black History Month: Climate Leadership Takes Root February 22-23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Delivering the inaugural Black History Month welcome remarks, Bay Ecotarium and Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay President and CEO, George Jacob shared his vision for the $260 million Climate Literacy and Ocean Conservation Living Museum in the making in San Francisco.

Twin iridescent orbs inspired by fish scales, ohlone shell mounds and ocean geometry rise above rippling waves of the San Francisco anchored with a third parabolic cortex that serves as an artificial intelligence robotic pod fostering dynamic climate content.

"Set in three acres of 'zone green' this unique living science museum aims to immerse, move hearts and minds to precipitate continues action to transform lives and induce a lifestyle change towards symbiotic sustainability with nature," said Jacob, the visionary at the helm of this ambitious landmark world class project.

What makes this narrative unique is that it celebrates the indigenous perspectives of environmental stewardship by over 90 native American tribes include the ohlone, the chumash, the miwok, the yokutz et al, who have been stewards of the land for centuries.

With many cities including Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco declaring Climate Emergencies, never has the momentum been greater to establish a climate and ocean conservation museum. Even as environmental justice and conversations seeking transcendence from marginalized to mainstream engagement, took center stage as author Carl Anthony shared through his powerful new book the need of the hour resonated with the hundreds of attendees who flocked the Aquarium of the Bay to celebrate.

"Our partnership and SANKOFA DAYS at The BAY establish our shared commitment to the principles that stand at the core of this movement for environmental justice and sustainability embodied in the words of Dr. King, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,'" says Executive Director of The NorCalMLK Foundation, Aaron Grizzell.

"In our griot tradition, we seek to construct a new narrative that will resound, and raise mindfulness and collective consciousness of our environmental legacy... a respect, care, and love for our mother Earth; as well as, awaken and ignite our youth to take up the banner for environmental justice and climate change action to secure the future for coming generations," says, Board Member Angelique Tompkins.

Bay.Org / Bay Ecotarium:
Our mission is enabling conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea(TM).

* Aquarium of the Bay
* Sea Lion Center
* The Bay Institute
* The Bay Academy
* Eco Center at Heron's Head Park
* The Bay Model Alliance

Learn more at: https://bayecotarium.org/

NorcalMLK Foundation:
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to extending Dr. King's vision by fostering a new paradigm that unlocks the promise in every person through ongoing, targeted initiatives throughout the San Francisco bay area and the northern California region. NorcalMLK impacts thousands of lives annually through its three initiatives: Healthy Communities, Learning Communities and Celebrating Communities. Learn more at: https://norcalmlkfoundation.org/

The Links, Incorporated:
The Links, Incorporated is an international organization of over 12,000 professional women of color who are committed to purposeful service. Links members are role models, mentors, activists and volunteers dedicated to active service in our communities. Information: http://www.linksinc.org/

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