E4C - Education for Conservation
In the course of globalization and the constantly growing needs of the industrialized nations, international companies and investors in many poor countries have often been acting exclusively profit-oriented for decades. Low levels of education and social imbalances leave ordinary people in those countries with no choice but to make common cause with them, causing lasting damage to their own natural habitats as well as those of wildlife.
“One billion people now live in Africa, and counting. With every bit of space humans take up, wildlife habitat shrinks.”
Lars Gorschlueter, Foundation Founder
Education and development
Our experience has shown: Peaceful coexistence with wildlife can only succeed if the people involved have enough to eat and their livelihoods are secured. These essential needs must be met sustainably in order to protect species in the long term. Successful wildlife protection only works if the population is on board. However, there is often a lack of knowledge or opportunities to generate income in harmony with nature. By creating educational opportunities for all, developing and implementing good ideas together, and providing funding, together we implement projects that secure wildlife habitats for the long term.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people affected – whether in Botswana, in the rainforest or in Europe – and together we seek new solutions to ensure education and community development. As a reliable partner, we help to successfully implement appropriate measures, putting species conservation first.
Only with education and community development does species conservation have a chance!
At the same time, we must also rethink and change our own consumer behavior. The CO2 emissions caused by food arise predominantly along its production and supply chains. Every day, large areas of rainforest are destroyed by our consumption – such as products containing palm oil – increasing the ecological footprint of each of us. You can find more information on our ZeroPalmoil campaign here.
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