Here’s what Edward Norton wants you to know about wildlife conservation
It’s a sign, says Norton, that the world needs to change its approach to conservation. “For 100 years of the conservation movement, we have focused on putting lines around certain protected areas. But it’s not enough. Ecological systems are simply too big and too complex to draw lines in some parts of them.
The three-time Oscar nominee believes conservationists must find ways to create jobs and other economic opportunities for the often impoverished communities that border protected areas. This has long been seen as the key to fighting poaching, which is often an act of desperation.
“In Kenya, the [elephant] population recovery is successful. But at the same time, it’s not just about saving more than some iconic species,” says Norton.
“If industries that are created from natural resources don’t bring a better economic future to communities…it’s over, it’s done. It doesn’t matter how many parks you create.
Watch the video below to learn more about Norton’s trip to Kenya and how you can join the effort to protect the planet’s wild spaces.
International Mother Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. The 2022 theme’invest in nature‘ underscores the urgent need to close the $4.1 trillion funding gap in nature by 2050 to meet global targets on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation. from UNEP Financing nature report calls for investments in nature-based solutions to triple by 2030 and quadruple by 2050.
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