The Nature Conservancy
Walter Fuller, the “Bird Protector,” has been a birdwatcher for over 35 years, and keeps a meticulous record of bird activity on the beach. He volunteers for The Nature Conservancy and acts as a watchdog to protect the area and keep track of the bird population. (Photo: L. Moskowtiz)
At the Galveston Bay Foundation, oyster shells donated by local restaurants are stacked to dry in the Texas heat. The recycled shells are used to help build oyster reefs in the Gulf that protect and restore the coast. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Docked boats in Grand Isle, LA. Grand Isle’s resident population is approximately 1,500, but during the summers, the population sometimes exceeds over 20,000 due to tourists and seasonal residents. Grand Isle’s appeal lies in its beaches, fishing, bird watching, and relaxed atmosphere. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Crops on The Nature Conservancy’s Aflalo property. Located in Ventura, CA, the property is approximately 100 acres of floodplain near the Santa Clara River. The long-term goal for the property is a transition from agricultural land to native habitat, and for the removal of the levees for flood benefits. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
Buddy Janca was hired by The Nature Conservancy to help work on coastal and prairie restoration projects at the Texas City Preserve. Buddy is a great example of how The Nature Conservancy helps protect and preserve our environment as well as boost local economies by providing jobs. (Photo: L. Moskowitz)
TNC support farmers like Melvin Chirino Flores, to use sustainable cattle practices. TNC provides resources, tips, techniques, and resources to farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. (Photo: T. Ko)
A young girl holds a piece of harvested sea moss in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Sea moss helps provide healthy ecosystems for fish, and is also a great product for the local economy. (Photo: T. Ko)
A boat maker saws a piece of wood in his workshop in St. Georges, Grenada. The Nature Conservancy is committed to preserving the Caribbean’s waters for it provides the livelihood of the people. Boating making is one of these livelihoods. (Photo: T. Ko)
U.S., Mexico, Caribbean
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. They address the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of our natural world is at risk than ever before due to climate change. TNC focuses on how climate change affects communities around the world, and how natural solutions can help protect societies and ecosystems.
In 2012, Students of the World sent two teams to document the work of TNC. The National Team traveled to Mexico, Union Island, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines to document the a range of natural solutions for climate change, and the Alumni Team traveled to California, Texas, and Louisiana. The projects included:
- Sustainable agriculture
- Restoration for flood plains, gulf coasts, and reefs
- Forest thinning
Produced by Students of the World National and Alumni Teams 2012.