Climate crusader, Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, plus it’s National Endangered Species Day, and The Climate Daily crowdfunding reforestation campaign!
Climate Crusader–Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, National Endangered Species Day, The Climate Daily Crowdfunding Reforestation Campaign!
CLIMATE CRUSADER, PINAR SINOPOULOS-LLOYD
Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them) is a transgender, Indigenous environmental activist. They call themselves “a transdisciplinary artist/poet/philosopher and an Indigenous multi-species futurist based out of the eastern shrub-steppe foothills of the North Cascades in the Methow Valley of North Central Washington.” They are a co-founder of Queer Nature, an online community organization that provides “nature-based education” classes that “strive to go beyond recreation in nature to deep, slow, and thoughtful engagement with the natural world to build inter-species alliances and an enduring sense of belonging for all.”
They have also co-founded Indigequeers, an online space “centering nonbinary, 2S [two spirit], trans Natives in the outdoors.” Sinopoulos-Lloyd is known for deep musings and reflections in which they discuss their perspective on their gender identity, relationships, and general experience as a queer person with intersecting identities who cares about the earth. These writings are often posted to their personal Instagram account, @queerquechua.
DEEPER DIVE: Insta, Indigequeers, Queer Nature, Queer Quechua
NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY!
On the third Friday in May, we celebrate National Endangered Species Day and offer an opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species.
National Endangered Species Day encourages learning about wildlife habitats and the actions necessary to protect them. The designation of a day to protect critically imperiled species from extinction is important to our ecosystems. It comes as a result of the National Endangered Species Act. A little history. President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Endangered Species Act into law on December 28, 1973. But it wasn’t for another 33 years until The National Endangered Species Day was enacted in 2006 by the U.S. Senate. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
The Endangered Species Act established protections in the United States for fish, wildlife, and plants that are listed as threatened or endangered; it provides for provisions for adding species to and removing them from the list of threatened and endangered species, and for preparing and implementing plans for their recovery.
The law also provides for interagency cooperation to avoid take of listed species and for issuing permits for otherwise prohibited activities; provides for cooperation with States, including authorization of financial assistance; and implements the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).
The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The FWS maintains a list of all the endangered species, which includes birds, insects, fish, reptiles, mammals, crustaceans, flowers, grasses, and trees.
Why does celebrating National Endangered Species Day matter to us? In late 2019, President Trump announced a major overhaul to the law that would reduce regulations. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to support the Endangered Species Act.
DEEPER DIVE: Endangered Species Coalition, National Wildlife Federation
THE CLIMATE DAILY 50/100, CROWDFUNDING, REFORESTATION CAMPAIGN CONTINUES!
We’re making progress with our Climate Champions 50/100 reforestation campaign, so we’re keeping it going!
Thank you to the listeners of The Climate Daily who donated to The Climate Champions 50/100 campaign! There’s still work to do to get us to 10,000 trees. That’s why we’re extending the campaign through May to give more of you the chance to become climate champions. What’s a climate champion, you ask? A climate champion proves that a small group of people can make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time.
How? Our company, The Climate, is partnering with over 30 international tree-planting organizations–ALONG WITH our climate champions– to re-plant, and regrow forests all over the world, by planting ten thousand trees at a time. Why? Because science says the best way to combat climate change is to restore nature. And the fastest way to restore nature is to plant and grow a trillion trees by 2030, and the fastest way to do that is to plant ten thousand trees at a time. So, we’re looking for folks to donate $50 or $100 one time, to help us plant 10,000 trees at a time, in one of seven regions around the planet.
(Which our tree planting partners will do. They’re the tree-planting professionals.)
Please visit www.TheClimate.org, and at the top of the page, click on the words, “Climate Champions.” Then click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today. Again, visit TheClimate.org, and at the top of the page, click on the words, “Climate Champions.” Click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today. And if you want to start your own team of climate champions, reach out to us at email@example.com. We’ll help you put together your own small group of climate champions to make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time.
(Planting 10 thousand trees–a 20-acre forest!)
Wouldn’t it be great to be the change you want to see in the world? Become part of something special. Become a climate champion. Thank you!!
DEEPER DIVE: 50/100 Campaign, Trillion Tree Project