Virtual Think Tank
By blending human ingenuity with nature’s innate capabilities, individuals and groups are finding solutions to local environmental, conservation, and development challenges. How can these ideas be applied to your community or others around the world? Reflect and share your thoughts, and return to this page often as we will be adding new resources on a regular basis.
Bees’ graphic black and yellow markings make them easy to spot, but in recent years it has become harder to see these busy workers as whole populations collapse. Two Berliners devised a creative way to increase the visibility of these insects and their essential role in the ecosystem. Source: Deutsche Welle.
“Call someplace paradise and kiss it good-bye,” laments Kepa, an educator and cultural expert on the Hawaiian island of Maui. To teach young residents and visitors about the Hawaiian concept of Kuleana, a mix of privilege and responsibility, he launches them on a marine adventure. Source: BBC Earth.
“We humans, no matter how intelligent we are, no matter how capable we are, with all our technologies, we are helpless in the face of climate change,” asserts Professor Legessa Negash. Luckily, he also explains that where human enterprise falters, trees, shrubs, and grasses can prevail. Source: IUCN.
Communities that suffer from land degradation are restoring health to local environments in surprising ways. Instead of adapting with technology and innovation, they are reviving ancient and sustainable traditions. Source: IUCN.
When farmland in Africa expanded into the wilds to feed growing human populations, crops were trampled by elephants and farm animals fell prey to lions and cheetahs. A little human ingenuity enlisted bees and dogs to negotiate peace. Source: Deutsche Welle.
It’s big business, but deadly for animals and harmful to us all. Wildlife trafficking, killing protected species of fish, animals, or plants and selling their coveted remains on the black market, is a global crime. The practice is driving numerous species to extinction and disrupting ecosystems. Source: IUCN.
As the world’s population swells and individuals buy more goods, garbage is becoming a monstrous problem. Landfills overflow with trash, but also harbor riches, such as copper and gold. Gleaning these valuable materials can give limited resources a second life and cut the volume of waste. Source: Deutsche Welle.