A coalition of 40+ groups, including a newly formed organization backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, have mobilized more than $40 million for efforts to restore degraded habitats in the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its endemic species and central role in scientists’ understanding of ecology and evolution. The initiative will focus on three immediate priorities: helping to restore Floreana Island, one of the islands most degraded by human activities, increasing the population size of the critically endangered pink iguana on Isabela Island and strengthening the protection of the archipelago’s marine reserves. “In order to reverse the climate crisis and ecosystem collapse, we need to focus on a 'technology’ that took billions of years to refine, that is free and sustains us every single day: nature, in its most wild form,” said Wes Sechrest, chief scientist and CEO of Re:wild.

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