As humanity gathers in support for Earth Day, 22 April, two organisations - Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Polar Bears International (PBI) - aim to lead a new dialogue on the global impact of climate change and unite humanity towards common action.
The first Earth Day in 1970 marked a commitment to environmental protection. Millions of voices calling for change made possible the passage of the Endangered Species Act and creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. While progress was made, the threat of climate warming now more than ever, requires a united fight for sustainability of all systems.
Over the past century, Earth's average temperature has risen by 1,4 degrees F and is projected to rise another two to 11,5 degrees F over the next 100 years.
This increase in temperature already is impacting the entire globe by increasing extreme weather patterns making us more vulnerable to natural disasters.
Higher temperatures strain the productivity of our food system, escalate the risk of tropical-borne diseases like malaria, and threaten the health of every community.
These changes threaten all species on the planet at an unprecedented rate, as extinction for some of the world's most iconic animals becomes an increased possibility.
These species serve as an example of the fragility of our planet and forecast the threat to our own species.
In combating these immense challenges, two leaders in animal conservation are uniting to begin a new worldwide movement. CCF and PBI work in polar opposite regions: African Savannah and Arctic Sea Ice - heating and melting. Each has created innovative programs in their specific communities bringing together stakeholders working to protect these iconic species.
Protecting the cheetah and the polar bear; however, is only one part of the equation.
Climate change threatens all species as habitat and biodiversity loss leads to larger systemic problems.
Earth Day unifies the world under the purpose of environmental protection.
By joining CCF and PBI's vision of partnering for change in 2014, the two can identify a new agenda where the health of all communities' ecosystems is core to the global sustainability necessary to assure future success of humanity.