Camille T. Dungy is interviewed by This is My Earth

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“We can share the world more healthily”

We had the privilege to talk to Camille T. Dungy, poet and editor of the bestseller All We Can Save, about nature conservation, poetry and This is My Earth.

Poet and activist Camille T. Dungy talks about biodiversity and asks for more TiME in this world
Poet and activist Camille T. Dungy talks about biodiversity and asks for more TiME in this world

In your poem “Characteristics of Life,” published in the book All We Can Save, the figure of the poet is presented as a powerful voice that can speak for nature. What can poetry do for nature conservation?

In this particular poem, I’m making a very bold announcement, trying to speak for the animals and nature. I think there’s this question if we as human beings in general and, more particularly speaking in the United States (which is a nation that has so much guilt in the ongoing crisis), can speak for anyone else. Are you really capable of doing something that can help create a greater world after there has been so much damage induced by humans? So in that sense, I wanted that poem to be a pronouncement. In fact, if you think about our DNA structure, it’s only a couple small differences away from every other living being, so if I cannot enter this deep space of deep and profound empathy with every other living being, with other intelligence and experiences of the world, then I will always be stuck and stopped. As I meditated on that poem, you can see all these lives entering the poem and trying to wake the reader up.

Is poetry a useful tool to wake readers up in the struggle against climate change?

I think poetry is a space for that, yes; it is a space for a deeper engagement and a space for a deeper understanding of reality. People who love poetry know that, that it is a gate to so many different experiences and emotions and a path towards self-discovery. Poetry operates on what I often call a parallel logical way of thinking, so it is a way of logic that is parallel to what we can see in our data-driven everyday routine. Poetry uses a kind of logic that only our senses and subconscious can understand. Somehow it is like music. Music means something, yet it has no words to explain what it means. Nature works in the same way. We know now that trees talk to each other. What language do they use? How do they do it? How do they experience communication? In ways only poetry can explain or recreate.

Your poetry tends to be both peaceful and passionate, yet one can feel this tension of living close to death. Would you say that your poetry describes the moment we are now living in?

I want to be engaged in the reality I’m living in, but I also have to be aware of the fact that the age in which we live is not singular, as we are not the first people that have had to answer this question. Hopefully, we will not be the last people. A series of decisions that have been made before us has led us here; we are talking of 200 or 400 years before us. So when I write, I try for my words to be grounded in the needs of our present moment and irradiate the past towards the future in a way that feelings and emotions can be shared and can become helpful.

Throughout your career as a poet, you have won many awards and recognitions, and your voice is celebrated as one powerful within the environmental artistic movement. How did recognition affect your way of writing?

I think it does affect, but at the same, it does not. I want to write, and for me, this is always an intimate act. When I write, I do it consistently with only one reader in my mind. I want to engage directly with that one reader who has picked up my book. That being said, I began to understand that there may be many readers and more people than I thought liked what I wrote. And that means that I have to make sure that I am being honest and open and that what I write is valuable to me in a way that I believe will be valuable to a reader. Because now more people are giving me their time, so that kind of care goes into my writing now, because I assume what I reveal in my writing will be seen. So in a sense, I’m trying to synthesize with care the material I’m offering to my readers, so they can get what they want from my poetry and move forward.

You often say poetry should be used as a stairway to the world beyond us, above us, and inside us. How do you balance all these worlds, and, as a consequence, how many poems are you throwing away because they don’t really represent the truth?

(Laughing) Maybe my husband should be in this conversation too! Often my head is like a crowded space. The way I write is a representation of the way that I live and the way that I want to see the world. I write every day, and I try to be natural about it. Now I’m working on a prose book, and that also takes a different part of my brain than poetry.

You often say that “poetry is the language of honesty.” Should we all be more honest as human beings both to the world as well as to ourselves?

That is a beautiful and terrifying way of describing what is happening. Take greenwashing as an example: you think that you are buying a product that is eco-friendly and it is not. Or these calls to “let’s all go to a plant-based diet,” without taking into account the way this food is produced and how this affects and damages the soil biodiversity. In truth, what we really need is a local diet, with fresh food, but that does not seem to align with the people living in urban settings, which have it more difficult to get fresh products from the countryside… to sum up, this honesty question also comes with our capacity to interrogate ourselves. The ability to ask ourselves whether this is real or not. This is one way I want to think about honesty. Each time we make a decision, there are more profound implications. 

For example?

For instance, I wanted to buy an electric vehicle, but I didn’t want to do it until we got our own solar panels. In short, I did not want to use a sustainable way of transportation not coming from a sustainable energy source. But then, let’s talk about the batteries… It isn’t easy to make the right decisions, but we can orient ourselves to a more efficient and cost-effective way of living in terms of how we relate to the planet’s resources.

How does all that resonate in literature?

In literature, I think that when you connect to your reader and when you are committed to writing well, you are kind of constantly asking questions and addressing them. Perhaps the key is to find the rhythm between the doubts and their possible answers. I think this way of asking in a regular way prepares me to deal with the world. Also, we have to keep this in mind: as US citizens, everything we do has ripple effects, and lots of them are not good. But yet, there are many decisions I can make that have positive effects.

I know it is a long answer, but when we are addressing the topic of honesty, it is hard to do it in a few words, although it looks like an easy practice.

Beautiful Garden with blooming trees during spring time

You try to take care of your garden with native plants and species, and you teach that to the future generations in your family. Not so long ago, at This is My Earth, we interviewed Dave Goulson, author of Silent Earth and many other books, about how to garden insects as a way to improve our own health. Behind all that, there’s idea of globalization: we have imported many species from many other parts of the world and created an imbalance in biodiversity; however, it has already brought us new ways of thinking as humans. What is your perspective on that?

This is a tough one! Let’s go for it. We live on a planet, and we are all in this together. And so, in fact, there is no local environment anymore because every decision that is made in a “local environment” will have an impact on the whole world in some way. In Colorado, where I live, one of our big ecological catastrophes has to do with a beetle which is not native to our area, and so it has no predators and it has spread throughout the area. You might say this is also caused by globalization, and it is a terrifying idea. However, you can also speak of the wonderful and beautiful things that have moved around the world, those plants that people want and value, that have been exported to all the corners of the Earth. Globalization has a lot to do with the reality of the movement, as many of the living things on this planet are constantly in motion, migrate and move around. Understanding how to embrace the reality of change and fluidity, while also coping with how that changes our brains, is not easy because we’ve been grappling with them forever.

One of our challenges as a relatively small  nature-conservation NGO is that people do not understand the importance of biodiversity. Your poetry promotes it throughout the world in an attractive manner. If you had to say in a few words what biodiversity means to you, what would you say?

I would say it is variety, individualisation and difference. In a sense, globalization should encourage biodiversity. However, globalization in the sense of some monoculture moving around the world and imposing the realities of that unique vision of the world in spaces is not a good thing. When I was referring to migration and movement, I was referring to the idea that it is possible to move around the world without distraction. The whales that travel from pole to pole are also living through globalization. In any localized place, there should be difference, interconnectivity, surprise, and individuality, and globalization should encourage those values that allow for that variety in a localized space. That is what we need for our planetary survival.

How does that connect to the issue of race in the US?

I can’t get around monoculture and the idea that there is only one way to grow and to express life. I’ve moved to an American suburb and tried to connect with the diversity around me. I have always been very insistent on discovering and learning from the  variety of human cultures, and, for example, acknowledging the land and from who it was taken; in a sense, I try to honor the native history of this space I’m living. Trying to understand the history of my state is understanding the history and culture of the Cheyenne and the Arapaho

The racial issue is not an easy problem to solve in the US, and as a Black person, I can tell you are not always welcome. We need more education to change minds, so new generations grow with a more open mindset and welcome diversity, which will also have a positive impact on the nature-conservation struggle. If we don’t care for each other as human beings, how can we care for the human world? If we dismiss any life, it’s easy to ignore every life. You can dismiss the value of women, Black people, or those who don’t speak a language you understand, and that corrupts your capacity to care for the planet. On the other hand, that corruption, that dismissal of other beings, has become the key to power. So in order to access control and power and achieve dominion, it looks like you have to dismiss and somehow dehumanize those you want to rule over. And I resist that, which means sometimes I also have to seek for refuge [the] systems and aspects of my culture that will put limitations on the destruction and dismissal.

What work do you do to achieve that?

For example, I take care of my garden, but it takes lots of hours, and it is not easy work to do. In these pressing times, taking care of your garden and going with the tempos of nature is almost a subversive action.

Why are books such as All We Can Save important?

As one of the editors of the book, I really loved working on this project. We’ve created this kind of feminine circle, like a safety net of talent, where people could talk and reinforce their visions. I think this book, All We Can Save, becomes active and becomes a community because it addresses the challenges we are now facing through connection and through solidarity. All We Can Save honors women’s contribution to the modern world, and it was necessary because most of their voices have not yet been heard. Having a variety of voices in different professional and scientific fields will also bring a variety of options. As a Black writer, I’ve always said that we need more voices in the conversation in order to escape from the same people. Also, we need new answers, and we are not going to get new answers if we keep asking the same people.

How can a project like this help?

It is very easy right now to feel like losing hope. It’s hot in places where it should not be this hot, and those of us who understand why it is so hot are terrified. We also know what to do about it, and it’s not happening. I think any project, local or global, that gives us space to speak about grief, and to write about our fear and share necessary knowledge is on the right side.

This is My Earth is doing the same, protecting these biodiversity islands, empowering and educating new generations… I want more of this, I want more TiME.

Who are we not engaging enough with in this fight for equality and nature conservation?

I want to turn that around a little bit because that is always gonna be true. You are always starting off with the people who are like you, and then you talk to this person who listens to you, and then you get more exponential, little by little. It is as if words and ideas are in motion. As for All We Can Save, I think most of our readers are learning new visions of the world, new ideas, and new evidence behind the challenges we are facing. Each time you speak to more people, growth can happen. And some of these people are decision-makers and stakeholders, and some of them even have power. I think it’s fine if we specially talk to the people who are already listening as long as we empower them to talk to others. Environmental thinking is not only for white Europeans or North Americans with money.

You have said, “this new century is the nest of a web,” and in a way, we are all connected and trapped at equal parts. How can we use this net for the planet’s benefit?

So I said that during a session I had online for the Harvard Radcliffe Institute and someone on the other side of the world was listening to me using this expression. Actually, many people were listening to what was essentially an intimate conversation between friends on how to activate literature as a protector of the planet. This is fascinating. Because of this high speed of information and consciousness, we have lots of power at our hands, but it comes with a responsibility, as we are also spreading rumors and fake news. For me, it is crucial to spread love and care.

Has the meaning of love changed?

Not for me. I actually think that the awareness of love and the desire for it has increased. Nature is a manifestation of love

How does your poetry dialogue with other voices such as Robert Hass and Lucille Clifton?

Often, when people ask me who my favorite poets are, these are two of the main authors I will pick, yet they are very different writers. Lucille Clifton is a Black woman from the east of the US with a really thoughtful voice that often engages with Black women’s experiences. At the same time, Robert Hass is a white guy from California who frequently writes very long poems that may go on and on. So they look very different, but if you look at them carefully, you will find that they have a lot in common; they have a way in their writing that connects with the need to answer this question on what it means to experience and feel the world, and to be open to these connections with the outside. I want that for me, I want to become a filter through which the experience of being alive can be translated in a way that heals and feels real to people who are both like me and different from me. I think poetry is a potent tool to achieve that. The new US poet laureate, Ada Limón, is very good at asking this kind of question, and there are so many writers that can become guides in this world in order to regenerate our reasons for moving forward.

This is My Earth has a crowdfunding-based model for nature conservation. We are transparent and scientific, and our work is volunteer-based. We are asking for as little as $1 to purchase threatened lands and save endangered species, and we allow people to vote and choose which habitat we should protect. What do you think about this idea?

I am really excited by the work that This is My Earth is doing and the engagement with so many people in the world, using the web as a source for change. It’s not just about the money; it’s about the knowledge and the sharing of resources. I think TiME is about sharing the word so we can share the world more healthily.

Thank you very much for your TiME, and best of luck.

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The cloud forests of Colombia

Flowers, such as orchids and magnolias, don’t cross most people’s mind when thinking about conservation. It makes sense: we are used to seeing them inside cities, homes, gardens, and at weddings and events, but they are rarely depicted in wilderness photos, which emphasize greenery, desert, or snow much more than vibrant bloom. But these flowers…

TiME ∙ Nov 2

14 min read

“Talking about nature conservation is the same as talking about human conservation”

Would you say you are a committed artist? Is this what is meant by the practice you call “translucency”? Well,  especially in Western societies, it seems like many of us have lost connection with the environment, and with the pandemic, we may have lost track of even one another. “Translucency” is just a word that…

TiME ∙ Nov 2

13 min read

“People die in the name of nature conservation in my immediate surroundings” 

How is your life in South Africa? I am originally from Germany, and living in South Africa has been an adventure. I moved to South Africa just before the COVID-19 pandemic started. I was finishing my training and then I had to move back to Germany and go through quarantine and lockdown. Finally, I’ve managed…

TiME ∙ Nov 2

13 min read

“I want my children to see and enjoy nature, but I’ve seen nature declining everywhere I’ve travelled”

How would you introduce yourself? My name is Jonathan Meyrav, I live in Israel, I’m married with three kids and I’m first and foremost a bird-watcher. I have been bird-watching since I was a child, and birds are my life. For the last 20 years, I have been working with Birdlife Israel, which is part…

TiME ∙ Oct 23

11 min read

What happened to Scarface?: The most famous Jaguar in the world

This is the story of the Famous Jaguar scarface: "The Jaguar has been seen as a spirit companion or "nagual", which will protect humans from evil spirits while moving between the Earth and the spirit realm. As the jaguar is quite at home in the nighttime, it is believed to be part of the underworld; thus, Maya gods with jaguar attributes or garments are underworld gods."

TiME ∙ Oct 2

1 min read

Volunteers meeting – 30 of September

Last 30 of September, TiME’s Israeli volunteers had a get-together in the beautiful Alonei Yitzhak grove. Hopefully more face-to-face meeting will come in the next months in some of the countries of the world where there are This is My Earth‘s volunteers!

TiME ∙ Oct 1

20 min read

“We can share the world more healthily”

We had the privilege to talk to Camille T. Dungy, poet and editor of the bestseller All We Can Save, about nature conservation, poetry and This is My Earth. In your poem “Characteristics of Life,” published in the book All We Can Save, the figure of the poet is presented as a powerful voice that…

TiME ∙ Oct 1

16 min read

“Your donation goes to where it’s needed”

The only nature conservation nonprofit Jordi Vilanova knows in which 100% of your donation goes to where it’s needed is This is My Earth. “We need to integrate all sorts of knowledge,” the PhD student and TiME volunteer say. What brought you to study Ecology and Biology? Ecosystems and animals have always interested me. When…

TiME ∙ Oct 1

22 min read

“La fotografía de la naturaleza tiene que enseñar y despertar curiosidad y compasión por la biodiversidad”

[INTERVIEW IN SPANISH] – Entrevistamos a Santiago Rosado Hidalgo, biólogo y fotógrafo en la reserva El Silencio de Colombia, y colaborador de This is My Earth. Buenos días Santiago, ¿cómo te presentarías? Buenos días, mi nombre es Santiago Rosado Hidalgo, soy un biólogo colombiano y me dedico desde hace años a las estrategias de conservación…

TiME ∙ Oct 1

12 min read

The Cry of the Jocotoco

In 1997, the ornithologist Dr. Robert Ridgley and his scientific team discovered a new species of bird, until then unknown to science. It is a beautiful, long-legged, land-dwelling bird with a distinct call, from which its name, Jocotoco Antpitta, was derived. Deemed Endangered by the IUCN Red List, the Jocotoco is estimated to have only…

TiME ∙ Sep 12

13 min read

“We should let people understand the true cost of their choices because nobody is paying for the disaster that has been caused”

We had the privilege to hold an interview with Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of Built by Nature and contributing author to All We Can Save (allwecansave.earth), with her, we’ve discussed architecture, sustainability solutions and This is My Earth‘s contribution to nature conservation. How do you define yourself? I’m CEO of Built by Nature. I’m an architect,…

TiME ∙ Aug 28

10 min read

Wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s biggest international crimes

Wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s biggest international crimes Opinion column from Noga Syon - September 2022 (Part 2)

TiME ∙ Aug 28

9 min read

The transfer of animals from one location to another carries diseases, which spread and mutate easily

Wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s biggest international crimes Opinion column from Noga Syon - September 2022 (Part 1)

TiME ∙ Jul 16

3 min read

“If you want the funding you need your followers and fans to vote in your favor”

SAM SHANEE on WHY protect Biodiversity through THIS IS MY EARTH – PART 4/4  What makes This is My Earth so special? This is My Earth’s funding model based on supports through crowdfunding and voting is fairly unique and it helps the people and the organizations like us who are waiting for the funding, to…

TiME ∙ Jul 13

19 min read

“TiME is this little animal running under the nose of more prominent corporations and saving the land before it’s too late”

This is My Earth Interviews artist Tomer Baruch. Hi Tomer! Thanks for your time. Can you please introduce yourself to the This is My Earth community? My name is Tomer, I am a musician, and I’ve created an Instagram account named “Animals and Synthesizers.” In that account, I take animal videos and compose electronic music…

TiME ∙ Jul 11

2 min read

“This is My Earth has been great in securing financing for land purchases”

SAM SHANEE on WHY protect Biodiversity through THIS IS MY EARTH – PART 3/4 How has your experience with This is My Earth been? Over the last few years we’ve worked several times with This is My Earth, they’ve been very great in securing financing for land purchases to extend or to create new land…

TiME ∙ Jul 8

3 min read

“Local communities are, by far, the best allies for nature conservation”

SAM SHANEE on WHY protect Biodiversity through THIS IS MY EARTH – PART 2/4 Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of primates and their habitats in South and Central America. NPC aims to promote conservation and protect biodiversity in the Neotropics by working in several ways. NPC uses monkeys as…

TiME ∙ Jul 8

2 min read

This is My Earth explained in 1 minute

We have created this short video to explained most of the things we do: This is My Earth explained in 1 minute

TiME ∙ Jul 5

3 min read

“Even though there are wild areas with intact forest you can see that some of them don’t have any monkeys left”

SAM SHANEE on WHY protect Biodiversity through THIS IS MY EARTH – PART 1/4 Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of primates and their habitats in South and Central America. NPC aims to promote conservation and protect biodiversity in the Neotropics by working in several ways. NPC uses monkeys…

TiME ∙ Jul 4

6 min read

An electronic music party raises funds for TiME, and ocean animals are the performers

“An organism is an evening dedicated entirely to the seam between the animal and the life. A protected space where algorithms can flourish and animals know how to play.” This is how artist Tomer Baruch introduces the party that will take place on the night of July 4 in Tel Aviv. Co-organized by the good…

TiME ∙ Jun 26

2 min read

Ask This is My Earth for funding: Here is how

This is My Earth is always actively looking for new nature conservation projects that have a key scientific and environmental interest. As you know, ours is a crowdfunding system through which empowered citizens around the world make small (or large) donations, as a gift, individually or in group, and vote on which nature conservation project…

TiME ∙ Jun 22

2 min read

What can YOU do to protect the planet? Join TiME’s team and help us spread the word through a monthly newsletter!

This is My Earth (TiME) is looking for a volunteer to craft their monthly newsletter to members. TiME is a non-profit, international environmental organization that seeks to protect biodiversity by purchasing land for conservation in biodiversity hotspots, in collaboration with local communities and organizations. Join our team and help TiME spread the word about: ·…

TiME ∙ Jun 19

22 min read

“Insects have survived the last five mass extinctions our planet has faced; but this time is different”

Dave Goulson (born 30 July 1965)  is Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex. Specializing in the ecology and conservation of insects, particularly bumblebees, Goulson is the author of several books, including Bumblebees: Their Behaviour and Ecology (2003), Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypses (2021), and more than 200 academic articles. In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust,…

TiME ∙ Jun 14

2 min read

The first international meeting of TiME volunteers puts Communication on the agenda

The first international meeting of volunteers of This is My Earth · TiME was held in virtual format on June 13th. People from all over the world, under the coordination of the organization’s Director of Volunteers, Reut Gilad, contributed their ideas and visions on communication, collaboration and how to grow the conservation project for almost…

TiME ∙ Jun 13

3 min read

We have created This is My Earth’s Annual Report for you

This is My Earth 2021 annual report collects the most relevant milestones achieved by the organization in the fields of conservation and biodiversity. It is open access and contains a fully transparent report.

TiME ∙ May 22

7 min read

𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲: This is our TiME List of protected animals

Since This is My Earth started saving lands in danger in 2016, the list of species and animals that have since been protected has not stopped growing. The international motto chosen for Biodiversity Day 2022 is𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲, and its objective is to promote the idea that we are all part of…

TiME ∙ Apr 18

7 min read

Join EARTH DAY global campaign to #InvestInOurPlanet – Download our Action Toolkit!

This is My Earth joins #InvestInOurPlanet campaign on the occasion of the Earth Day 2022 with a video and materials created by our network of volunteers.

TiME ∙ Mar 16

4 min read

Some highlights from the IPCC Climate Report

The Working Group from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from the United Nations invited TiME · This Is My Earth as a guest organization at the press conference where the 6TH ASSESSMENT REPORT – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability was presented. On 27 February 2022, this international Working Group from the United Nations finalized…

TiME ∙ Feb 22

7 min read

History of the region’s Cacau-cabruca · Chronicles from Brazil

In 2020, hundreds of volunteers from all over the world helped us save an endangered land in the Sierra Bonita area of ​​Brazil (Google Maps +). Together, through TiME, we raised US$ 148,373 which helped Instituto Uiraçu organization – our partner in the area – to get down to work with the task of preserving…

TiME ∙ Feb 22

9 min read

Biodiversity faces its make-or-break year

The  United Nations decade-old plan to slow down and eventually stop the decline of species and ecosystems by 2020 has failed as most of the plan’s 20 targets have not been met. Among the strategic goals which have not been accomplished, there is the need to address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity…

TiME ∙ Feb 20

3 min read

Scientists map 80% of unknown species

New map shows where the 80% of species we don’t know about may be hiding in the very interesting study "Shortfalls and opportunities in terrestrial vertebrate species".

TiME ∙ Dec 30

12 min read

TiME’s Newsletters

Here you will find links to the 50+ newsletters we have published in recent years. Don’t miss the opportunity, if you haven’t already, to register and receive our emails with our latest updates, news and campaigns in our action of nature protection, education and solidarity. 2023 August 2023 – The birding adventure of a lifetime…

TiME ∙ Dec 29

2 min read

The ecological impact of war in Africa

Today’s declining number of large mammals around the world has been explained by many factors, including low reproductive rates, habitat destruction, and overhunting. However, uncertainties about the effects of armed conflict has complicated conservation planning and priority-setting efforts. In the past 70 years, humans have waged war continuously in the world’s most biodiverse regions. Between…

TiME ∙ Nov 30

6 min read

This is My Earth in Kenya with Professor Uri Shanas

The following interview with founder and co-chair Uri Shanas was published in our August 2016 newsletter: Hello, Uri. You’ve recently returned from Kenya. Can you tell us why you went? Kenya is one of the last places on earth where one can experience nature in all its might and beauty, so I was excited to visit TiME’s…

TiME ∙ Nov 29

3 min read

Chatting with Jasmine, a 12-year old TiME supporter

We spoke to Jasmine, daughter of two of TiME’s Board of Directors, Ondine Sherman and Dror Ben-Ami. She recently donated 1800 NIS (about 470 USD) to TiME, nearly a third of the gift money she received for her Bat Mitzvah. First of all, we asked Jasmine to explain a Bat Mitzvah: Jasmine: “In Jewish culture,…

TiME ∙ Nov 28

3 min read

A visit to TiME’s first biodiversity hotspot land purchase

“Please, Nestor, please continue to point out the orchid flowers,” I cried almost breathlessly to the CEO of Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) while we climbed up the land TiME had just purchased. “You know we both need these stops so we can catch our breath.” Nestor Allgas and I were trying to keep pace with…

TiME ∙ Nov 25

1 min read

Protecting megafauna and raising money for conservation

This piece was published in our March 2017 newsletter:

TiME ∙ Nov 21

4 min read

Ivory Belongs to Elephants

Since the dawn of humanity, we have been actively fighting nature: drying swamps, cutting down forests, using strong pesticides (such as DDT) and hunting wildlife to extinction (think of the dodo, Tasmanian tiger, passenger pigeon and many, many more). Today, experts believe that we are facing a sixth mass extinction, which is entirely attributable to…

TiME ∙ Nov 20

6 min read

Gold in Africa – an interview with Henry Gold, TiME board member

For TiME’s February 2017 newsletter we interviewed board member Henry Gold, co-founder of Canadian Physician for Aid and Relief (CPAR)and TDA Global Cycling: You worked in Africa for quite a few years. Can you tell us what kind of work you were doing? I’m trained as an engineer, but in 1984 I quit engineering and…

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