All living organisms on earth are found within a thin envelope of a few kilometers covering our planet, called the biosphere. With the energy of the sun the first bacteria and plants have created an atmosphere containing oxygen and other gases that make more complex forms of live possible, including human beings.
The web of life that spans the earth can be seen as a living organism, Gaia: interconnected systems of air, water, and a rocky surface, teeming with life in every nook and cranny.
A great disturbance of the major systems: atmosphere (climate change), forests & oceans (loss of biodiversity), will change the conditions for survival of many species and may cause the most complex and vulnerable species to go extinct forever.
Climate change and a decline in biodiversity will decrease the total productivity of earth’s systems with food shortages and famine. We all have a vested interest in protecting Mother Nature.
Protection means action now that there is still time. We need to protect what is left of marine life in the oceans and the biodiversity of our forests. Our own future and that of our children depends on it.
The EGIP Foundation is an initiative on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Together with the island’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs)the aim is to protect and rehabilitate forested areas within the tribal ancestral lands. It is an integrated effort that includes food security, community development and education, all crucial components to conserve and protect Gaia. Our target is the restoration of a healthy ecosystem with a rich biodiversity, and a high productivity.