Carynne: December 2010 Archives
As the year draws to a close, Seacology wishes our supporters the best for the holiday season and New Year. Without you, we couldn't bring hope and change to the many islands around the world that need our help.
Over the past year, Seacology has launched 19 new island projects, bringing our total to 210 projects on 115 islands in 45 nations around the world. Our 2010 projects protected nearly 10,000 acres of island terrestrial habitat and over 3,000 acres of marine ecosystems, saving endangered sea turtles, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. But with over a million islands on Earth, many of them threatened by commercial fishing and logging, and many more harboring some of the world's most exquisite and threatened plants and animals, we have our work cut out for us. We look forward to continuing our transformational work in the coming year.
For an overview of Seacology's activities in 2010 and the events that 2011 will bring, peruse our recent blog post.
If you are still in need of last-minute holiday gifts, consider honoring a loved one with Seacology's new Save an Acre program. For $40, you can protect an acre of coral reef or rainforest--a meaningful gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.
From all of us at Seacology, best wishes and many thanks for your ongoing support!
Every year, Seacology hosts a number of ceremonies, receptions, and other fundraising events. These functions provide a venue for our supporters to actively participate in Seacology's important cause, interact with staff and fellow donors, and learn about our most recent work. They also allow us to cultivate interested individuals who may not yet know about Seacology. As we close the door on 2010, Seacology's Development Department is taking a moment to appreciate the donor-attended events over the past year and consider our upcoming calendar.
Known for their massive root systems, mangrove trees are one of the planet's most important coastal species. They protect inland areas against floods and erosion and provide habitat to numerous species of fish, birds, mollusks, and other marine life. Around the world, mangroves are disappearing at a disastrous rate; since 1980, 20% of the world's mangroves have been lost. Seacology is working to fight this fatal trend: our project on Nanumea atoll in the Polynesian nation of Tuvalu establishes a two-acre mangrove reserve, with the additional planting of 1,000 mangrove seedlings along the coastline. Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein and other Seacology supporters recently visited Nanumea to observe the project's progress and help with the planting of the mangrove seedlings. Our latest Seacology video describes their trip and the details of our Nanumea project: