In 2013, Gavin Edwards joined WWF-Hong Kong as its conservation director. For the duration of two decades of environmental advocacy, he has led profitable forest campaigns in Canada, the Amazon and Indonesia. Now he directs a variety of WWF (World Wildlife Fund Planet Wildlife Fund) conservation and climate-relevant plans and aims to make Hong Kong a major sustainable city.
Taking into consideration gloomy predictions, why ought to anyone really feel optimistic about the lengthy-term long term for humans or wildlife?
When working for an NGO, you should be optimistic. The different is unthinkable. We’re realists too. Despite the fact that seeing unsustainable lifestyles and certain species pushed closer to extinction, we also can point to true remedies and to a lot of victories in which the WWF has participated all around the world. Whether protecting elephants in Africa’s Serengeti plains, conserving black-faced spoonbills at Hong Kong’s Mai Po Nature Reserve or advancing clean power remedies via sustainable financing and doing work with businesses on a lot more sustainable practises, a lot of examples give us hope that we can chart a new, significantly much more sustainable program for the planet.
What do you say to anybody who may think that organizations really need to place our very own species 1st and concentrate to enhance the globe for people?
In reality, WWF does more than function to defend uncommon and threatened species. Now, 50 many years right after beginning by striving to conserve the black rhino in Africa, our conservation work has evolved into a much more holistic method that consists of sustainable living, convening and mobilising enterprise and society for transformational adjust and our emphasis on priority areas and species, like the Amazon rainforest and guarding panda bears. We have two targets:
- Guarding biodiversity. A magnificent assortment of residing organisms exist on Earth. We act to defend them and their habitats so that all existence can coexist.
- Lowering humanity’s footprint on the normal planet. We challenge wasteful consumption and pollution, advertising sustainable methods to use resources.
It is all part of our global mission to build a future when people live in harmony with nature. Our vision in Hong Kong is to transform it into Asia’s most sustainable city.
Do people on the streets of massive Asian cities, every person surrounded by personalized difficulties, even worry about the futures of tigers, elephants, bears and other 4-legged creatures?
The help that we enjoy in Hong Kong humbles me. Amid a sturdy ethos of providing and caring, nearly 300,000 supporters have been concerned in our operate in current many years, no matter whether by donating, signing on the internet petitions or joining education plans. For example, thirty,000-plus signed our petition to defend Hong Kong’s Chinese white dolphin.