The Galápagos & Climate Change: Lessons for the Greater World

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Intrepid science is nothing new to the Galápagos Islands.

They are iconic. They are biologically important. And – like many areas around the world – they are already suffering the effects of climate change.

As you might know, Conservation International is working around the globe to protect forests – which when destroyed release massive amounts of climate change-causing pollution into the air – in quantities larger than all the world’s cars, trucks, and planes combined. Calculate carbon emissions >>

But in addition to our pioneering work preventing climate change, we’re also doing groundbreaking work to help people in regions – like the Galápagos – prepare for and adapt to the climate changes already occurring.

Over the past year, my team has worked to identify the predicted effects of climate change in the Galápagos.

Now, we are working to help human communities adapt to these changes and also protect species including the threatened Galápagos fur seal and Galápagos penguin.

Our work in the Galápagos Islands is an important opportunity for one place to point the way toward better preparation worldwide.

Learn more about what CI and our partners are doing on the ground to help communities and species adapt to climate change in the Galápagos.

Dr. Emily Pidgeon is Director of Marine Climate Change Program at Conservation International.

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