Actor and Environmentalist
The Jamaican Iguana is not found anywhere else on Earth except Jamaica. Aggressively hunted by invasive predators, like the Indian Mongoose, the iguana was thought to be extinct until 1990 when it was accidentally rediscovered. Ever since, the Jamaican Iguana Recovery Group has been working to save the species. They bring iguana hatchlings from the wild to the Hope Zoo in Kingston, where the iguanas, about the size of a pinky finger, enter a head start program. After 5 or 6 six years, when they are large enough, they return to the wild in the Hellshire Hills on the mainland. But the Hellshire Hills can only hold 1,000 iguanas. Goat Islands, a wildlife sanctuary, can hold 10,000 iguanas. But before scientists can start reintroducing iguanas there, they have to rid Greater Goat Island of invasive predators. Within the next few years, they may be able to start reintroducing iguanas on Greater Goat Island and help secure them from extinction. #Iguana #Jamaica #JamacianIguana #Caribbean #GoatIsands #Wildlife #WildlifeSanctuary #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism Photo: @robindmoore @global_wildlife_conservation
Ulysses S. Grant was regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in United States history, and as the 18th President, he united a country that was divided during the Civil War. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we reflect back on our country’s history and how we unite together during trying times. As an Executive Producer, it was a great opportunity to help tell this story for #GRANT , an upcoming three-day event which premieres Monday May 25th on @HISTORY .
Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet and home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Three weeks ago, twelve park rangers and their driver tragically lost their lives protecting civilians from an armed attack by a militia group. The future of Virunga hangs in the balance as it deals with the impacts of Ebola and COVID-19, and now this recent attack. Today, with the help of @EarthAlliance , @EmersonCollective and @Global_Wildlife_Conservation , along with support from @europeaid and @VirungaNationalPark , we announced the Virunga Fund, with $2 million in seed funding. If you can, please join me in supporting the fund today. Please see the link in my bio.
From @aljazeeraenglish : "When people say that COVID-19 has been good for nature it's true in some ways and it's not true in other ways." - Sarah Kessell, CEO of the WildLife Trust of South and West Wales. . Some of the United Kingdom’s most precious nature reserves are struggling to keep afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. . The lockdown restrictions are causing financial strain on reserves which are dependent on visitor revenue. . "We can keep going for a few months without help but beyond that we do need help," adds Kessell. . Studies have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the cultural shifts to avoid a climate catastrophe. . #Britain #UK #coronavirus #environment #economy #nature #wildlife #ecology
From California Governor @GavinNewsom : No one should have to risk their health for their right to vote. CA is now a vote by mail state.
From @nasaclimatechange : Greenland and Antarctica have lost 318 gigatons of ice per year since 2003, according to new ICESat-2 research. One gigaton of ice is enough to fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools or cover New York's Central Park in ice more than 1,000 feet (300 meters ) thick. • • 📸: The Kangerdlugssup (pictured ☝️ ) and Jakobshavn glaciers in Greenland have lost roughly 14 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters ) of elevation per year over the past 16 years. Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel • #nasa #globalwarming #climatechange #sealevelrise #greenland #antarctica #ice #glacier #icemelt #iceloss #icesheet #science #earthscience #climatescience #gigaton #icesat #icesat2 #data
Cameroon’s #EboForest is home to gorillas, tool-wielding Chimpanzees, Forest Elephants, Presuss’ Red colobus, Drills and many other rare and endangered species. It is one half of the Yabassi #KeyBiodiversityArea , making it a site of global importance to the planet’s overall health. It is also the ancestral land of more than 40 communities that surround it. In a letter to the Cameroonian government, scientists from @global_wildlife_conservation , San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Research Institute, @kewgardens and IUCN Primate Specialist Group, asked the government to suspend plans to create 2 long-term logging concessions in Ebo Forest. They asked that the government develop an inclusive land-use plan with the local communities who would be most affected by logging. Let’s #ProtectEboForest .
Keep up the incredible work @chefjoseandres & @wckitchen . From @wckitchen : With incredible support from so many of you, WCK has served 3 million meals in the past 40 days. In this time of so much uncertainty, we will keep doing what we know: providing fresh, nutritious meals for those most in need. #ChefsForAmerica #AmericasFoodFund
There’s still time to take part in the #AllinChallenge for a chance to join me, De Niro and Scorsese on the set of Killers of the Flower Moon. You’ll get a walk-on role, lunch with the three of us, and some acting tips from Scorsese himself. 100% of all money raised helps support America’s Food Fund, @NoKidHungry and @mealsonwheelsamerica . These organizations are on the front lines helping those most impacted by this crisis. To enter, go to allinchallenge.com or click the link in my bio.
Thank you to everyone who has supported #AmericasFoodFund so far. After reaching our original $15 million goal, we have been able to increase our fundraising goal to $25 million and support additional organizations working tirelessly on the front lines, including @NoKidHungry , @savethechildren , and the Urban School Food Alliance. Our most vulnerable populations — children who are out of school and rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job disruptions — face great barriers to receiving safe and consistent access to meals. Let’s continue to come together to support our neighbors during this critical time of need. Thank you @WCKitchen , @FeedingAmerica , @NoKidHungry , @SavetheChildren and the Urban School Food Alliance for being great partners. If you can, please consider donating to the Fund at gofundme.com/americasfoodfund
This is devastating. News from @VirungaNationalPark regarding the attack on the park’s rangers: Virunga National Park would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love and positivity you have shown to us during this heart-wrenching time. We, along with the families of the rangers and the local community, are humbled and encouraged by your messages of and sympathy and support. . Several of you have inquired about what you can do. We are collecting donations to help with the funerals of the fallen rangers as well as to assist the devastated families they leave behind. General support is also needed to keep the torch of hope burning for the brave rangers and staff who continue to carry on with the park’s critical work of protecting its wildlife and communities. If you feel led to donate, you can do so here: www.virunga.org/donate (link in bio ). As always, we thank you so very much. #virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rangers #conservation
From The @Guardian : People can see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas from Punjab, India after pollution levels dropped due to the coronavirus lockdown. Locals say that it's the first time in 30 years that the mountain peaks have been visible nearly 125 miles away.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year there are two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus but we still have time to prepare in every part of the world for the climate crisis. The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we face mass extinction of species, catastrophic pollution of oceans, destruction of communities and displacement of millions. Join @EarthDayNetwork for a virtual day of action at earthday.org (see link in bio ) 🌎 #EarthDay #EarthDay2020
Please join me today in supporting the Declaration to #EndtheTrade , a global call from @global_wildlife_conservation , @thewcs and @wildaid to put an end to all commercial collection and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals (particularly of birds and mammals ) for consumption. Your voice matters and together we can show governments that public opinion around this issue is strong. This is among the most important decisions that the world community can make today to prevent another pathogen from jumping from animals to humans and spreading around the world. Click the link in my bio to find out more and to sign the declaration. 📷: E Bennett / WCS
We recently launched #AmericasFoodFund to help make sure every family in need gets access to food at this critical time. Our most vulnerable communities need our support now more than ever. That’s why we’re asking you to help us with the #AllinChallenge . If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be able to work with the great @martinscorsese_ , Robert De Niro and myself, this is your chance. Robert and I are going to be starring in a new movie called Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese. We want to offer you a walk-on role, the opportunity to spend the day on the set with the three of us, and attend the premiere. To take part, please go to allinchallenge.com and donate whatever you can. 100% of your donation will go to @MealsonWheelsAmerica , @NoKidHungry and #AmericasFoodFund ( @wckitchen & @feedingamerica ) @officiallymcconaughey , @theellenshow and @iamjamiefoxx , will you go all in with us?
From @FeedingAmerica : Each and every one of the 200 member food banks are receiving initial funds to assist them as more people than ever reach out for help. Here are a few ways the COVID-19 Response Fund is helping food banks across the U.S.: ✅ Purchasing shelf-stable foods, household and personal care items and cleaning supplies to distribute to people in need. ✅ Expanding and modifying food pantries and meal programs to accommodate safe-distancing practices such as mobile and "drive-thru" food distributions. ✅ Paying for fuel for mobile distributions. ✅ Changing the processes for walk-in pantry pickups to reduce the risk to staff, volunteers and the people they serve. ✅ Purchasing safety equipment like gloves and masks. Click the link in @feedingamerica ’s bio to learn more about their response to COVID-19.
Thank you to those working tirelessly on the front line to help local communities during this time. From @WCKitchen : Every day, WCK brings fresh meals made by local restaurants to the staff at Ventura County Medical Center. As these medical professionals selflessly fight the pandemic head on, we’ll keep supporting them the best way we can, with a hot, delicious plate of food. #ChefsForAmerica