A recent 1,500 page U.N. report, the IPBES Global Assessment, delivered grim news for our world’s biodiversity on May 6. The most comprehensive assessment to date found over 1 million species are at risk of extinction due to human activities and that the current global response is insufficient.
We are altering the Earth so drastically that we are threatening the species and ecosystems we depend on for survival.
However, there is hope.
Pacific Islanders see the impacts of global environmental pressures on our natural world first-hand, every day, and are taking bold action to make a change.
Work on Tetiaroa Atoll has also revealed that real change is possible. Scientists on Tetiaroa continue to explore and apply innovative solutions to address local environmental problems that have the potential for global benefit. This includes restoring habitats by removing invasive species, monitoring native species like green sea turtles and sharks, and modeling future environmental scenarios on land and in the ocean.