Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Biodiversity is a cornerstone for life on Earth and sustainable development including clean water, clean air, food and medicine. In the last several years, we have witnessed a vast decrease in biodiversity in which habitats and species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. This rapid decline has a direct implication on global warming and climate change including helping to mitigate the release of greenhouse gases.

Even more, most of the world’s populations, those who live on a mere few dollars a day, rely on biodiversity for their everyday needs and livelihoods.

“At least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.” – Convention on Biodiversity

The Pacific Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that are addressing the challenges of Biodiversity and Climate Change and creating an increasing awareness of these issues.

Our goals and intended impact are as follows:

Goals:

  • To increase biodiversity through the support of local nurseries and reforestation programs; and
  • To increase awareness and changed behavior towards issues on the environment through new media models.

Intended impact:

  • Increased growth in local biodiversity programs including nurseries, reforestation programs;
  • Research/ reports that study how communications (including new media messaging) impact broad audiences’ attitude towards issues of biodiversity and climate change; and
  • In-depth research conducted on how targeted messaging (using new media) can impact behavior change around issues of biodiversity and climate change.