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As part of our Media and Communications Program, One Earth has produced over 100 videos highlighting stories around the globe that demonstrate the transformation to a positive future in which nature and humanity can coexist and thrive together.  We’ve partnered with a number of mission-aligned organizations to co-produce videos, including the UNDP, Mongabay, Avaaz, The Ellen Fund, Globaia, and Wildlife Conservation Network, among others. 

  • Motion 101 passes at IUCN

    In a tremendous win for the climate, an overwhelming majority of delegates at the IUCN voted to pass Motion 101, formally recognizing the science-based necessity to protect 50% of Earth's lands and seas. Learn more

  • Diet for a Small Planet 50th-Anniversary Edition

    The 50th-Anniversary edition of Frances Moore Lappé’s first book Diet for a Small Planet is available now! This celebratory, special edition includes how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Learn more

  • Amazonía 80 x 25 initiative

    A coalition of Amazonian Indigenous leaders and environmental groups have launched the Amazonía 80 x 25 initiative in an effort to protect the Amazon rainforest. We must protect 80% of the Amazon rainforest by 2025 in order to avert catastrophic climate tipping points. Learn more

  • Stand with the Earth Defenders

    Indigenous people have protected ancient forests, rivers, and wetlands for centuries. But there's a deadly problem -- governments aren't recognising their land rights, and as illegal loggers, poachers, and miners invade, they are losing their lives. 

  • The New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography

    Wildlife lovers around the world have chosen a New Big 5 of Wildlife Photography. Watch the video to find out the results of the year-long global vote. Learn more

  • Eurasian badgers, forest aerators

    As a key predator in their ecosystem, badgers eat mice, gophers, and rabbit, keeping these populations under control in wild woodlands. Read more

  • Restoring protections for wolves

    With lost protections, wolves are scrambling to survive in the US. Project Coyote is working to once again protect this keystone species that is vital to the health of its ecosystems. Learn more

  • Animating the Carbon Cycle | Global Rewilding Alliance

    In celebration of the launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, the Global Rewilding Alliance present a conversation between globally renowned experts on the relationship between nature and climate, and the promise of rewilding as a way to restore critical ecosystems. Learn more

  • Red pandas and bamboo groves

    Red pandas spend much of their days munching on bamboo leaves, which make up 95% of their diet. Their hungry appetites keep bamboo groves healthy and strong, which is good for our planet, as bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than trees. Learn more

  • A biodiversity ‘Safety Net’ for Amazonia

    The Biden Administration has the opportunity to fulfill its climate action commitments and Amazon Rainforest protection pledge by taking 16 priority actions laid out in the Amazon Climate Platform. One Earth's Deputy Director Karl Burkart presents findings from the Amazon region from the Global Safety Net. Learn more

  • Indigenous-led Mapping Project | Amazon Frontlines

    A new Indigenous-led movement, supported by One Earth partner Amazon Frontlines, trains Indigenous communities to use satellites, drones, and GPS to digitally map the Amazon Rainforest. With this monitoring, extractive industries in the region can be detected and deterred. Learn more

  • Promoting Farmer-to-Farmer Training across South Asia through the Amrita Bhoomi School

    This project promotes farmer-to-farmer training in community based natural farming and is part of La Via Campesina – a global network of 200 million farmers. Learn more

  • Forest elephants | Elephant Crisis Fund

    Forest elephants are beautiful, unique animals who keep many of Africa’s forest ecosystems healthy. Sadly, forest elephant populations are in trouble and they are now classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. But it’s not too late to save them.

  • The Mother Tree Project

    The Mother Tree Project, led by world renowned forest ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard of the University of British Columbia, combines field experiments with computer modeling to identify practices that protect biodiversity, store carbon, and regenerate forests. Learn more

  • The various lives of lemurs

    Left untouched, the diversity of lemurs evolved and thrived on Madagascar. Learn more

  • Sea otters VS climate change

    By guarding underwater kelp forests from predators, sea otters can help sequester an estimated $400 million worth of carbon annually. Learn more

  • How tapirs can restore rainforests

    Tapirs could be key in restoring rainforests and helping degraded rainforests recover after destructive human use and may also help increase the amount of carbon that they hold, new research has found. Learn more

  • Celebrating queerness in the natural world

    Did you know that queerness, gender expression, and sexuality are wildly diverse in the natural world? To celebrate Pride Month we are highlighting some queer examples from the animal and plant world! Learn more

  • The benefits of urban gardens

    Research out of the UK reveals that urban areas house a significant amount of floral diversity, providing an essential food source for crucial pollinators. Learn more

  • African forest elephants | Gardeners of the Congo

    African forest elephants are known as 'Gardeners of the Congo' since they prune the jungle in search of food. Learn how this pruning helps carbon sequestration and aids in capturing 9,000 tonnes of CO2 in an elephant's lifetime. Learn more

  • Food insecurity revives the victory gardens movement

    Americans were once urged to contribute to the war effort by growing their own food. The need to do so again, and for good, has returned. Learn more

  • The benefits of beavers

    Beavers are a keystone species – how they shape their environment plays a crucial role on the surrounding biodiversity. Learn more

  • Indigenous communities and preserving biodiversity

    Indigenous and local communities play a critical role in maintaining and preserving biodiversity and cultural diversity. The Local Biodiversity Outlooks 2 report (LBO-2) shows that in order to protect biodiversity at scale, these community territories must be legally recognized. Learn more

  • How trees communicate through the Wood Wide Web

    Did you know that trees communicate with each other through a vast underground network called the Wood Wide Web? Learn more

  • President Biden’s executive orders on climate change

    January 27th, 2021, also known as Climate Day at the White House, was a big day for US climate action! President Biden announced sweeping executive orders in order to combat the climate change crisis.

  • Allen Coral Atlas roadmap to saving coral reefs

    The Allen Coral Atlas is a high-resolution interactive mapping tool that provides data insights to preserving coral reefs around the world. Learn more

  • Leafcutter ants’ caste system and fungal gardens

    Soldiers, foragers, and worker leafcutter ants line the jungle floor to farm their gardens of fungus. Learn more

  • Five AMAZING animal architects

    Inside the home construction of five species of animal architects and their incredible designs. Learn more

  • Cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animal

    From zero to 45 mph in just 2.5 seconds, there’s more to cheetahs than just their speed. Learn more

  • The monogamous gentoo penguins

    Known for their ‘romantic’ gestures, gentoo penguins mate for life and build homes together to withstand the cold Antarctic tundra. Learn more

  • Tapping into underground forests

    Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration is the fastest, cheapest, and most sustainable way to tap into underground forests and restore degraded landscapes. Learn more

  • From Lot to Spot: Community-led Greenspaces in Los Angeles

    From Lot To Spot (FLTS) is dedicated to creating community-invested greenspaces in low income, communities of color in the greater Los Angeles area one vacant space at a time.

  • World Environment Day

    Do you know that animals play a vitally important role in stabilizing our global climate system? Each animal, from the tiniest to the largest, contributes to the intricate web of life that keeps ecosystems intact and healthy, which in turn stores more carbon.

  • Working for Water

  • African black rhino populations increasing

    The slow recovery is due in part to relocating groups and stronger law enforcement protection. Learn more

  • Fossil fuels will peak in the 2020s as renewables supply all growth in energy demand

    A Carbon Tracker report shows that solar and wind will displace all growth in fossil fuels as they continue to expand against a backdrop of falling energy demand. 

  • Celebrating National Dolphin Day

    Each year on April 14th, National Dolphin Day recognizes the intelligent mammals of the water.These highly social marine mammals are considered one of the smartest animals on the planet. Watch the video to learn more about how protecting dolphins keeps oceans thriving!

  • Sinharaja Rainforest

    Sri Lanka is quadrupling the protected area inside its last viable rainforest.

  • Wolves reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park

    In 1995, 14 wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park after previously being eradicated. Scientists are celebrating it as one of the most successful reintroduction stories ever!

  • A self-sustaining approach to tackling energy poverty

    Empowered by Light electrifies disadvantaged off-grid communities with renewable energy systems that accelerate sustainable prosperity. Learn more

  • The various advantages of clover

    The research is in: clover really IS lucky - for crops, gardens, and the environment. Learn more

  • Wetlands and mangroves as scalable natural climate solutions

    A scalable natural climate solution that delivers meaningful benefits to coastal communities. Learn more

  • Vampire bats develop long-term friendships

    Did you know that vampire bats have been known to develop long term friendships? Learn more about the altruistic lifestyle of blood-sucking bats. Learn more

  • Animal group names that are 100% real

  • How to plant trees that thrive

    Trees are one of our best natural climate solutions and right now there are efforts around the world to plant 1 trillion new trees to combat the climate crisis. Here are some tips on how to plant trees correctly so that they thrive. Video produced in partnership with The Ellen Fund.

  • Why Europe is rewilding the water buffalo

    Conservationists released 18 water buffalo onto Ermakov Island in the Danube in the first ever such rewilding project in Ukraine. Learn more

  • Six ways to help pollinator populations thrive

    Global food security depends on pollinators, but their populations are under threat. Learn what you can do to help. Learn more

  • Getting to know Polar bears

    Did you know that Polar bears are the world's largest four-legged predator, weighing up to 1,300 pounds?

  • How birds shape the landscape

    As chief seed dispersers, birds help ensure plant reproduction. Learn more

  • The Rhino Recovery Fund

    The projects RRF supports work to stop the loss of rhinos in Africa and Asia, and to protect and increase all current rhino populations. Learn more

  • Are Whales a Climate Solution?

    Earth’s largest mammals, the great whales, absorb an average of 33 tons of CO2 each throughout their lifetime. Learn more

  • How military bases helped wolf populations in Germany

  • World Octopus Day

  • The Future We Choose

    This decade will be crucial in determining the future of humanity. The Future We Choose, co-authored by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, that shows us how we can survive the climate crisis and thrive in the new world we create together!

  • That’s Amore: frogs sing more alluring love songs in the city

    Research shows that urban tungara frogs sound more attractive than forest frogs. Learn more

  • Mushrooms Can Help Fight Climate Change

    A study shows how mushrooms could be a key in the fight against climate change. Learn more

  • Is the sun rising for a Green Deal in Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica aims for full decarbonization by 2050 through a policy roadmap created by the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Learn more

  • Sound Therapy Can Help Coral Reefs Recover

    Underwater speakers help to bring dying coral reefs back to life, researchers have found. Sound therapy in coral reefs might accelerate the recovery of ocean ecosystems.

  • The Lion Recovery Fund

    LRF provides a means for the philanthropic community to support the best, most effective projects aimed at addressing this crisis. Learn more

  • Youth Climate Strike

  • Regenerative agriculture and climate change

  • Beavers as Nature's Firefighters

    Beaver dams can protect the land and life around them from the ravages of wildfires.

  • Horses Can Help Threatened Butterfly Species

    A study suggests that returning feral horses to grasslands in Czech Republic could increase populations of some threatened butterfly species. Learn more

  • The slow-motion and high-canopy life of the sloth

    Slow down to learn all about sloths and why they are designed to not be in a hurry. Learn more

  • Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day

    World Migratory Bird Day is a day to appreciate migratory birds and the vital role their flight plays in our ecosystems. Learn more

  • Equator Prize Winners 2020

    Presenting the 2020 winners of the Equator Prize. Each of the 10 winners represents outstanding community and Indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Learn more

  • Vie Sauvage | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    This initiative pioneered a holistic model for community development, conservation, and peace-building, helping create and manage a 4,875 square kilometer reserve for the bonobo (a great ape), and other endangered species.

  • Utz Che’ | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    A network of over 40 Indigenous and local communities and farmer associations representing about 200,000 people in the entire country, 90% of them Indigenous. 

  • Salween Peace Park | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    In an area of South-Eastern Myanmar marked by 70 years of conflict, the Salween Peace Park is the result of a Karen Indigenous grassroots movement for stability and conservation of a 5,400 square kilometer continuous ecosystem made up of protected areas, community forests and Indigenous lands. 

  • Mujeres y Ambiente | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    In the state of Querétaro, this women-founded and women-led association has been working with an environmentally-minded Spanish company, the Mexican Government, and a local university to develop and market cosmetics based on the ‘toronjil’, or lemon balm plant. 

  • Nashulai Maasai Conservancy | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    Among the first Indigenous owned and managed conservancies in East Africa, Nashulai Maasai Conservancy is at the forefront of a paradigm shift towards a mixed-use conservation model. 

  • TAMIA | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    In 2004, facing the deterioration of the 90-hectare Andranobe Lake which provided the base of their local fishing and agriculture livelihoods, four communities in central Madagascar came together to form the community-based organization Tatamo Miray an’Andranobe (TAMIA). 

  • Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    After 40 years of advocacy, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation achieved the vision of protecting their land and waters for future generations in 2019 by signing agreements with national and territorial governments to officially create Thaidene Nëné, a 26,000 square kilometer protected area between the Canadian boreal forest and the arctic tundra. 

  • FoMMA | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    Bringing together 11 Indigenous groups, Forum Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang (FoMMA) advocates for the rights of communities who live on 20,000 square kilometers of customary land in Northern Kalimantan. 

  • Alianza Ceibo | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    Uniting four Indigenous peoples in their struggle to counter environmental degradation to protect over 20,000 square kilometers of primary rainforest across four provinces and 70 communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Alianza Ceibo’s activities provide clean water to over 6,000 people, connect remote communities to solar power, and support women entrepreneurs. 

  • Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group | Equator Prize Winner 2020

    Formed in response to threats against the largest wetland forest in the Ing River Basin in Northern Thailand, the community has maintained stewardship over the 483 hectare forest through coordinated advocacy and dialogue with stakeholders while pursuing a successful community forestry model under a landscape conservation paradigm.

  • Cover crops and their myriad benefits

    Farming’s strategic cover improves soil and reduces the need for fertilizer. Learn more

  • The newspaper that gives back to the Earth - literally

    Japanese newspaper grow into herbs and flowers when planted. Learn more

  • Three Sisters Gardens

    Centuries of Native American wisdom informs practice of companion planting. Learn more

  • CSA's and regenerative agriculture's ties to Black history

    You may have heard of community supported agriculture or have a CSA membership yourself, but did you know its history is rooted in black farmers? Learn more

  • Sophia Point Research Centre

    Transforming Education and Preserving Critical Rainforest in Guyana, South America. Learn more

  • Top five most dedicated dads of the animal kingdom

    Male members of many species prove that they too deserve a Father’s Day. Learn more

  • A Mother's Love in the Animal Kingdom

    All across the animal kingdom a mother’s love is crucial for survival. Learn more

  • Rare sea turtles are setting new nesting records throughout the Southeast

    Scientists credit the egg-laying boom with decades-old conservation and protection efforts. Learn more

  • Gorillas sing while they eat

    Did you know that wild gorillas have been known to sing while they eat? This observation of food-related calls in gorillas may shed light on the origins of language. Learn more 

  • How Belize Saved its Coral Reefs

    Bold conservation efforts in Belize have saved its coral reefs. The multilateral restoration plan spurred by a nonprofit serves as a model for other small nations. Learn more

  • Hummingbirds: small, but mighty impact

    Hummingbirds may be the smallest species of bird on the planet but they play a big role in our ecosystems. Learn more

  • Orangutans speaking about the past

  • How sharks keep oceans healthy

    Sharks, perhaps more than any other species, have been culturally characterized as the most ruthless and terrifying of creatures. Yet, lacking from the cinema screens is the vital role sharks play in our Earth’s marine ecosystems. Learn more