Everything humans have needed to survive and thrive was provided by the natural world around us: food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, and even natural cycles such as climate and nutrients. There is no question that Earth has been a giving planet and scientists have come to term her gifts ‘ecosystem services’. Yet we have so disconnected ourselves from the natural world that it is easy—and often convenient—to forget that nature remains as giving as ever, even as it vanishes bit-by-bit (Hance, J 2011). The rise of technology and industry may have distanced us superficially from nature, but it has not changed our reliance on the natural world; most of what we use and consume everyday remains the product of daily interactions within nature, many of which are imperilled. Beyond such physical goods, the natural world provides less tangible, but just as important, gifts in terms of beauty, art, and spirituality (Hance, J 2011).
Endangered species such as the gorilla, the elephant and the orangutan serve to remind us that negative human impacts on the ‘ecosystem services’ effect all living organisms on earth. We believe it is possible to slow or halt any further degradation on the earth and as such will donate a portion of our successful tenders and grant applications toward conservation and protection of endangered species:
Here are links to the two partners we are working with.