Our beautiful planet is suffering a biodiversity collapse referred to by scientists as
"The Sixth Extinction."
As of 2014 our planet had passed 4 out of 9 globally identified tipping points in
terms of planetary survival.
The UN's Global Environmental Outlook Report predicts that once these thresholds are exceeded,
it will likely have drastic consequences affecting the ability of life to thrive on this planet.
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The Sixth Extinction
The situation continues to worsen. We are losing species at increasingly alarming
rates while industries continue to release toxic effluents and radiation into our rivers, oceans, air,
and soil at rates that are driving Nature toward the potential of extinction.
What Can We Do To Turn This Around??
We can take action against Extinction by engaging science for and not against
With your help, Ahimsa will launch the first Global Biodiversity Mapping Research
Expedition to find, identify, store and cultivate species in order to help maintain and restore
Life on Earth.
Let's stand up for the future today and apply science and commitment toward peaceable sustainability
before disasters strike.
Read full proposal Here...
The Global Biodiversity Mapping Initiative has launched a drive for
unprecedented publicly funded biodiversity research.
Why? Because the planet has run out of time for finalization of inter-governmental agreements
to save Nature.
We are falling behind schedule and losing our window to restore the planet.
Climate change is for real. We have just a small window of opportunity
and it is closing rather rapidly. There is not a moment to lose.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri,
(Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
We must wake up and take responsibility now as human beings to engage science
the public interest before we lose more species. This proposed, large-scale biological, botanical,
zoological investigation is to be conducted by the world's foremost experts in the Global Biodiversity
sciences. Research will be aimed toward identifying and preserving new species and healthy habitats,
as well as the discovery of new medicines such as pain killers and antibiotics from compounds in Nature.
Consider the following observations and conclusions from established experts and institutions summarized
by Jaan Suurkula, M.D. and chairman of Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of
Science and Technology (PSRAST), noting the impact that global warming will have on ecosystems and
The world environmental situation is likely to be further aggravated by the
increasingly rapid, large scale global extinction of species. It occurred in the 20th century at a
rate that was a thousand times higher than the average rate during the preceding 65 million years.
This is likely to destabilize various ecosystems including agricultural systems.
On July 23, 2008, Dr. James Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute of
Space Sciences told the United States Congress that the world has long passed the "dangerous level"
for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and needs to get back to 1988 levels.
He said Earth's atmosphere can only stay this loaded with man-made carbon dioxide for a
couple more decades without changes such as mass extinction, ecosystem collapse and dramatic
sea level rises.
"We're toast if we don't get on a very different path" stated Hansen.
Dr. Hansen told The Associated Press: "This is the last chance"
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Global Biodiversity Outlook 2010- 10 minutes
Changing Times Ahead
The recent outbreaks of Ebola and increasing incidences of diseases spreading to new locations
as climates heat up, collectively point to the need for new antibiotics and antivirals.
Let's not wait for more disasters to strike.
With global warming, nuclear radiation, and overfishing driving oceanic demise,
millions of species are at risk and need scientific attention and cultivation in safe locations.
According to Dr. Suurkular:
"Industrialized fishing has contributed importantly to mass extinction due to repeatedly failed
attempts at limiting the fishing. A new global study concludes that 90 percent of all large fishes have disappeared from the world's
oceans in the past half century, the devastating result of industrial fishing.
The study, which took 10 years to complete and was published in the international journal Nature, paints a grim picture of
the Earth's current populations of such species as sharks, swordfish, tuna and marlin.
.The loss of predatory fishes is likely to cause multiple complex imbalances in marine ecology."
With crop loss and pandemics looming before us, we must take action now to prevent famine,
disease, and crisis from destroying our children's future.
"Climate change, overfishing and toxification has caused massive devastation to marine life worldwide.
We are losing the very species that might support immune security worldwide in the face of dangerously
unpredictable emerging climates.
Few realize that "climate change will also act synergistically with other threats,
such as the spread of diseases
and invasive alien species "(Benning et al. 2002).
According to the Millennium Seed Bank:
"About 70% of the world's population relies on traditional plant remedies for medicine.
Only one in five plant species have been screened for use in medicine.
Cures for diseases could lie in many of these unscreened spe-cies.
We can't afford to let these plants, and the potential they hold, die out."
Read more about the Ahimsa International Global Biodiversity Mapping Research
Initiative and Collaboration
Support Our Planet's Future !
We propose a series of international collaborative shipboard biodiversity research expeditions responding
to the urgent need to discover new medicinal plants and organisms in nature, with respect to the current
age of climate change, imminent pandemics (Ebola, Dengue) and the increasing failure of antibiotics.
These shipboard research missions would simultaneously conduct broad environmental research, on an
unprecedented scale and scope in addition to conducting Collaborative Global Environmental Research
Assessments on land, sea, and waterways across the globe, from Pole to Pole, to study and preserve life
forms and habitats, promote seed banking of species, and to anticipate effects of climate change and loss
of species on global security and food supply.
With increasing nuclear contamination of the Pacific Ocean affecting the Pacific food chain,
along with the rapid loss and extinction of species worldwide, this project takes responsibility
and offers a solution while we still have a chance to find and
preserve life forms which may help humanity survive the coming centuries.
Ahimsa will invite the foremost experts in the field to participate in the first Global Biodiversity
Mapping Conference to discuss the potential and the parameters of a uniquely collaborative effort toward
designing and conducting Global Biodiversity Expeditions and all supporting forms of investigation,
research, analysis, and databasing.
These expeditions and subsequent storage and land based research support will give us a chance to save
species and habitats and identify important medicinal compounds found in Nature before they disappear,
become radioactive or genetically damaged.
The expert panel on biodiversity will define research parameters and design specific
laboratory set-up along with specific vessel, vehicle, and air-lift requirements for the expedition.
The panel will produce a realistic and well-defined time table and budget and a list of recommended
supporting lab technician and general support staff.
With all the above worked out by the experts, we will have the basis upon which to launch our
second phase of fundraising for the research expeditions to begin.
Be a Part of Change, and Receive Video Footage of Great Expedition Moments:
From underwater discoveries to Himalayan treks, watch as scientists discover new compounds
for pain killers and antibiotics. See vulnerable species saved and restoration of damaged habitats in
See how species are prepared and frozen for preservation or for transfer and cultivation in new locations
to keep up with shifting climates.
Thank you for taking action on behalf of the future of our planet