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Elephants, Upemba Depression, Katanga region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018

Elephants in the Upemba Depression, Katanga region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018

Global loss of biodiversity and U.S. institutions

InterEnvironment Institute is working with other organizations to encourage U.S.-based institutions, including foreign policy think tanks, to take global loss of biodiversity more seriously.  

Foreign policy institutes can have a great deal of influence on opinion-shapers and decision-makers, directly and indirectly, but tend to give little attention to biodiversity. Those based in the United States often set the tone for similar institutes in other countries.

Biodiversity loss is too often treated as part of climate change, but there are many other reasons for protecting nature other than as  carbon sinks, and many other things drive the destruction of nature other than climate change.

An existential threat

Loss of biodiversity is a top-level global challenge, regarded as an existential threat by such respected organizations as the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, which calls “biodiversity loss and ecological collapse” an “existential risk,” defined as something that can “lead to human extinction or collapse of civilization.”

Our effort

This InterEnvironment Institute effort began in 2018. Progress will be reported here.

An elephant killed for its ivory tusks

Global loss of biodiversity