Thanks to Recharge America, Minnesota State University, Mankato, the many presenters and participants for an interesting and informative event, highlighting an equitable path to transportation electrification.
Day 3, UN Committee on Human Rights highlights: the special rapporteur addressed the human rights of women and children as both victims and survivors of terrorism. Toured the UN grounds, attached a few favorite sculptures.
First day of human rights advocacy. The Advocates for Human Rights dozen staff and volunteers had a full day. An oral statement was given, multiple delegate meetings were held and questions arose in a country Q and A review which were directly taken from an earlier statement. All exciting. Human Rights improvements in real time.
View from our room. Excited to visit Will Steger’s environmental center tomorrow. The center’s mission is to boldly address the climate crisis through leadership and educational training in an innovative and sustainable wilderness setting.
Audua and Michael Pugh have created a healing, safe space for North Minneapolis residents who have experienced a wide variety of trauma often resulting from decades of systemic racism. They use mediation, healing sound energy, talking circle, chess and even bingo.
Calming the mind, becoming a part of a caring community aides in healing the heart and mind.
Proud to support their efforts at #offthebluecouch #rustyandthecrew
This year's WWF / Fuller Symposium explored OECMs. What is an OECM? It is an “other effective area based conservation measures” which offers an alternative to traditional protected areas.
OCEM's are a more equitable form of conservation, that can work for groups previously disenfranchised or sometimes at odds with traditional conservation, such as some Indigenous groups and local communities as well as sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.
The primary feature of the OECM is it must effectively contribute toward biodiversity, something currently not required of a traditional protected area such as a National Park.
OECMs will be imperative to reach the target goal of preserving 30% of the landmass and oceans by 2030.
The panel on slide two, included biologists from as far away as Fiji and Indonesia and as near as Montana.
The Hyacinth Macaw Project embodies the foundations species conservation initiative.
The project founded 30 years ago in Brazil's Pantanal has increased the birds numbers from fewer than 1500 to more than 6000. This increase was due to decades of data collection, analysis and building awareness within Brazil of the birds dire situation.
1. Decrease in illegal trade
2. Moved from threatened to vulnerable status
3. Knowledge of the biology of the macaws dramatically increased.
4. Knowledge of interdependent species increased.
Huge thank you to the Macaw Project scientists who climb an average of 1800 trees per year to check the breeding survival rates.
Data shows for every 100 eggs, 37 chicks will make it to the flight stage. Adults can live 30-40 years in the wild and much longer in captivity.
Thank you to WWF Brazil for supporting this effective program.
Photos taken by Cheryl Olseth, OFF Director while visiting the Brazilian Pantanal, an area larger than Belgium, Netherlands,Portugal and Switzerland combined.