A Call for Conservation on Earth Day

April 22, 2021

group photo from rhino conservation workshop in Kenya Today, we're celebrating Earth Day. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has mobilized more than 1 billion people to take action to save the planet. That's a huge number of people, and it's exhilarating to consider their impact.

This year, Earth Day's campaign is to “Restore Our Earth.” It's a call to care about the natural world and create a healthy planet—to support our livelihoods, our happiness, and our health.

At FONZ, we're proud to be part of the movement to save our natural world.

Since 2016, we've run Conservation Nation , an initiative that empowers people like you to directly support critical conservation projects. With your help, we've worked tirelessly to create a better future for ourselves, for wildlife, and for the planet.

We've done this by providing funds to researchers and scientists working on cutting-edge conservation projects in the field, from America to Namibia to Thailand. Each year we focus on a few different important projects. In 2020 we supported scientists researching a threatened tiger population in Bangladesh; researchers helping rescued orangutans in Borneo; and scientists working to rewild the Guam kingfisher.

Many of the projects we've supported tackle issues at the intersection of animals, people, and the planet. Take one of the scientists Conservation Nation has supported, Dr. Maureen Kamau . She is based in Kenya, home to the critically endangered eastern black rhino. Recently, Conservation Nation provided funds for some of the top minds in the field of rhino conservation to host a workshop in Kenya. At the workshop, Dr. Kamau and other scientists shared their expertise in veterinary care for rhinos, discussed research gaps, and worked on ways to improve care for wild rhinos.

In that case, people worked together to improve the livelihood of a critically endangered animal, and as a result, they helped improve the planet.

For the past few years, Conservation Nation has supported projects like these by providing funds for all sorts of scientists, all around the world, with the goal of saving animals. If we are truly going to be able to Restore Our Earth, as Earth Day's initiative hopes to do, we are going to need to do it by creating communities of wildlife champions that support impactful conservation science, engage in life-long learning about our natural world, and take action to protect the planet.

Conservation Nation will continue to support scientists, animal lovers, and the next generation of conservationists in the future. We're excited to share more soon.