Broadcast on 2017/04/11 (PT)
Jessica Sweidan, Co-Founding Trustee
When Jessica and her husband, Adam, founded Synchronicity Earth, they wanted to look at the whole conservation landscape, make sense of it, and spread the word so that ultimately they can ramp up funding for excellent projects. They believe that without a healthy biosphere, we all lose the possibility of peace, security, health and prosperity for all. They also believe that unless we change course, we will soon accelerate the 6th Mass Extinction, the first caused by humans. And they want to be a part of what needs to happen so that we can ensure that we pass on a planet worth inhabiting for future generations. But it’s the “how” they go about doing this that intrigues me. Their rigorous research identifies effective people and organizations globally tackling the most urgent environmental problems. Then their team works alongside and bolsters them so that, together, they can protect Earth’s at-risk species, peoples and habitats, and regenerate damaged ecosystems. Jessica is a visionary, an inspirational thought leader and a force. I hope you will join us for a conversation about hope, possibility and change. This show made possible due to the generous support of The Fairfax Companies.
- What is Synchronicity Earth? It is a non-profit organization that focuses on the importance of biodiversity; the issues that surround biodiversity loss and looks at those issues holistically to better understand what strategies can effectively tackle them. Their dedicated team identifies the gaps through in-depth research and due diligence.
- Our planet and everything that lives on it is intricately connected, from the conditions of our oceans, to the health of forests across the world. Everything in one place has an effect on another place (just consider that every breath we take comes from the forests and the oceans!).
- When considering problems like extreme drought and how it influences food insecurity in places like Africa, it’s important to dig deeper into the cause of these issues. Are communities in Africa more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because they are already suffering from socioeconomic inequalities perpetuated by rich countries? We need to look at the root of these problems, not the symptoms!
- Social justice issues cannot be understood completely without considering the physical environment that plays a role in those issues. People are deeply tied to nature!
- Biodiversity plays a major role in climate change mitigation and determines the health of every ecosystem on the planet. Our society depends on healthy ecosystems to function.
- Mangroves are incredibly important to coastlines; they hold them together and act as buffers from severe storms that hit the coast. Due to the high demand for shrimp and development on the coastlines, mangroves are being cut down at alarming rates. This puts cities and communities at greater risk to severe weather events like tropical storms, which are expected to intensify with warmer oceans.
- Listen to the full podcast to find out how the palm oil in our cheap, processed foods are related to tropical forests and learn more about how we are affected by biodiversity loss.
- Check out Synchronicity Earth’s website
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- Read more about the state of our ocean’s here
- Learn more about how the ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could worsen climate change here
- Learn what you can do to help protect biodiversity here