Bringing our Planet and Humanity Back into Balance
I am excited to announce that I am now a co-founder and partnering with The Conservation Project [UK], Harry Wright, to launch together an International NGO that will strive to “bring our planet and humanity back into balance”. The Conservation Project International [T-CPI] will aim to collaborate with other committed partners and communities around the world on today’s pressing conservation challenges and on addressing climate change and other sustainable security issues and environmental threats that impact the planet across our oceans, rainforests, wildlife, and distressed habitats and ecosystems.
Net-Centric Partnerships and Convergence Solutions
A longer term goal is to create a unique charity focused on collaborative ideas generation for conservation and “sustainable security: sustainable futures” approaches. T-CPI acknowledges that there are many different ideas and approaches within the international community, and T-CPI will help to provide a unique platform for discussion and awareness raising to galvanize greater support for some of the more innovative ideas and solutions.
Our commitment is on harnessing new ideas, energies and solutions and leveraging collaborative efforts and collective action (“sustainable security: sustainable futures”).
In addition to direct donor funding streams, we will utilize online crowdfunding and numerous strategic channels and communications to bridge the gap between scientific research and the general public and help support innovative conservation and sustainable security piloted projects all around the globe.
Climate Change and Environmental Crime: Threat Multipliers
Today’s realities: As the United Nations Climate Change Conferences and meetings in recent years have underscored, the current state of our planet and climate change present a security threat to all nations. The real harms of climate change are fueling greater insecurity and instability wrought by natural disasters (rising sea levels, higher temperatures/heat waves, storms, floods, droughts) that contribute to human suffering (loss of life, illness, disease, migration, subsistence), downward economic and market shifts (impacts to infrastructure, energy sources, transportation), and in many cases, to conflict and weakened governance structures in impacted economies around the world.
And while climate change is indeed a clear and present danger, sustainable security challenges and environmental crimes such as ocean pollution, wildlife trafficking, illegal logging/deforestation, the pillaging of natural resources (minerals, metals), and the trafficking and dumping of e-waste/toxic chemicals, for example, exacerbate the effects of climate change when they converge and become threat multipliers: reduced biodiversity, endangered species (shifts in habitat), diminished economic development and revenue for both governments and communities, and destroyed sustainable livelihoods of communities, among other negative externalities.
In fact, a recent report by INTERPOL and UNEP found that these environment crimes have become the world’s fourth largest illicit trade areas, growing 2-3 times the rate of the global economy, and worth as much as USD 91-258 billion annually (“stolen and trafficked by criminals depriving countries of future revenue and development opportunities”).
Today’s reality is that climate change and environmental threats and crimes are increasing globally and converging to make our planet less safe, more dangerous and toxic, increasing global temperatures, and bringing many endangered wildlife and plants to the brink of extinction. Our oceans are getting hotter, expanding, and becoming more acidic; they are also more polluted than ever. It is happening 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Climate change and environment threats are also a crime against our humanity and unleash a myriad of harms that imperil impacted communities (human suffering/loss of human life, environment degradation, habitat/ecosystem destruction, decimated economic, cultural, social systems; a lesser quality of life).
Some reports have also informed of other consequential effects and impacts: how competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security threats especially when converged with other global shocks such as environmental crimes.
More and more countries are becoming vulnerable to natural resource shocks that degrade economic development, frustrate attempts to democratize, raise the risk of regime-threatening instability, and aggravate regional tensions. Extreme weather events (floods, droughts, heat waves) will increasingly disrupt food and energy markets, exacerbating state weakness, forcing human migrations, and triggering riots, civil disobedience, vandalism, and further webs of corruption, criminality, and terrorism.
Sustainable Security: Sustainable Futures
As we stand at the crossroads of insecurity and peace, I am hopeful that when economies and communities unite across common and conflicting spectrums and act together (shared aspirations), we can inspire change to shape a better world for our children today and their sustainable futures tomorrow, nurture a greener, healthier planet, and help bring our humanity and planet back into balance.
Join our sustainable security efforts to help bring our planet and humanity back into balance.
In partnership with The Conservation Project, we will officially be launching this new and dynamic international NGO, and innovative T-CPI pilots, in the coming weeks and months.
More information will follow as we update and incubate our webpage.