At Synchronicity Earth, we want to bring conservation to life. This means finding effective conservation partners and working with them to develop long-term action to conserve biodiversity. But it also means helping to move conservation forward, refreshing the dialogue, exploring and understanding what works and what doesn’t. We understand the urgent need to work closely with other like-minded people and organisations to address some key questions:

  • If our vision is a world where nature’s diversity is valued, flourishing and celebrated, how can we work together most effectively to make this a reality?
  • How can we build a movement of ‘everyday conservationists’ who may have no scientific or expert knowledge of the natural world, but who understand that we need to act to conserve it wherever and however we can?
  • If people are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world, what does ‘reconnecting to nature’ look like?

We think it’s time for conservation to go mainstream. Conservation is not the exclusive realm of biologists and academic experts. Caring for the natural world, its species, its landscapes and its ability to sustain all life really is down to all of us. With more knowledge than ever at our disposal, we cannot sit by and watch the diversity and integrity of life on Earth disappear before our eyes. We support Conservation Optimism because we think that change is not just possible,
it’s inevitable.

Narratives of environmental destruction and extinction can leave people feeling powerless. Yes, we need to be realistic, but from our own experience, we know there are other stories out there that need to be told. Whilst more action is needed in the highest corridors of power, from governments to corporations to multilateral institutions, working together from the ground up we can start to change the narrative and empower more everyday conservationists.

At Synchronicity Earth, we are buoyed and uplifted by the brilliant people we work with around the world, the tireless defenders of species, natural habitats and of local people and ways of life. We are inspired by the appetite we see from funders to enter into partnerships to support our programmes and make a difference to the natural world. We have seen what conservation can do for a place, its people and its nature. That is why we are optimistic.

We want to bring our network into the conservation optimism fold, to demonstrate the action and partnerships that give us cause for optimism and be part of a wider movement that begins to put conservation centre stage.

Once widespread, axolotls are now limited to only a few canals near Lake Xochimilco, where only 50-1,000 survive.

As this species has declined over the past decade, public awareness about the axolotl in Mexico has blossomed.

But will it be enough?

A unique cast of people, including a brewery, is racing to save the Mexican #Axolotl, but experts warn that what’s really needed is habitat restoration.

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A #frog species discovered in #Panama in 2012 has now been named after @GretaThunberg. Welcome, Pristimantis gretathunbergae!

Pics with many thanks to first author of the species, Konrad Mebert. Portrait ©Konrad Mebert; female guarding eggs and frog on bromeliad ©Abel Batista
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