Destruction of nature is not only exposing us to a panoply of diseases and challenges to our health, but creating and exacerbating social injustice and political repression all over the world.
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The funds and awareness raised by this year’s Giving Day for Apes—Tuesday, October 13—are more needed than ever for the 35+ ape sanctuaries and rescue centers participating in the event. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained budgets and operations for facilities like these, which provide rehabilitation and long-term care to bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons who have been displaced from their homes in the wild by human activity; injured or orphaned by the illegal wildlife trade or bushmeat poaching; or retired from forced work in entertainment or medical research.
Augmented Reality Can Bring the Rainforest into Your Home. Can It Save Endangered Apes from Extinction?
How do you inspire people living in cities to engage with efforts to protect the natural world and the nonhuman animals who call it home? This question propelled the creation of Wildeverse, an immersive mobile game launched in April by conservation-focused technology company Internet of Elephants. Using data and stories from conservationists at Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) and Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, Wildeverse transforms users’ environments into virtual jungles, tasking them with tracking and protecting real apes who live in Indonesian Borneo and Republic of the Congo.
This Sunday, May 17, is IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the violence, discrimination, and repression experienced by LGBTQ communities around the world. Arcus’ International Social Justice Program Director Adrian Coman—a movement leader and human rights advocate for over 20 years—talked with us about IDAHOBIT’s origins, how phobia is at the source of many forms of discrimination, and how talking about fear’s influence on our behavior can create space for greater understanding and acceptance.
The coronavirus pandemic is like nothing we have lived through before. As the global community faces this challenge together, we are ever aware that people are experiencing it differently across geographies, occupations, and identities.
The novel coronavirus has already profoundly affected human life. While we do not yet know whether nonhuman apes are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans), there is cause for concern.