A COVID-19 appeal -The Species Distancing Campaign

by Applied Environmental Research Foundation(AERF)
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A COVID-19 appeal -The Species Distancing Campaign
A COVID-19 appeal -The Species Distancing Campaign
A COVID-19 appeal -The Species Distancing Campaign


Social distancing amidst COVID-19 is only an afterthought within a purely symptomatic treatment plan-and a desperate step that goes against our very nature of being social animals. What we need is inter-species distance rather than being away from our own kind, using ready natural buffers - OUR FORESTS. Help us save at least 150 acres of vulnerable forests in the Western Ghats,India (a global biodiversity hotspot) in order to create safe ecosystems for all us species! LIVE & LET LIVE TO LIVE

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There are almost 8.7 billion species on Earth. But the 'earth overshoot day' is occurring earlier each year and we are currently in the need of 1.75 Earths to satisfy the demand of 1 of 8.7 billion species. For this, we plunder into resources that are not meant for us, ravage eco-systems where we do not dwell, kill species who have done us no harm AND interact with species who may expose us to fatal viruses! Covid-19 is simply ONE of the many mirrors looking back if we don't correct our ways...


Evidently, we don't need to slow down-we need to stop in our tracks! How about this-every time we see an age-old forest in the middle of our path to 'development', we STOP and re-route and leave that thriving ecosystem of multiple symbiotic species alone.AERF has been doing just that for 25 years in the Western Ghats of India - protecting and conserving vulnerable bio-diverse forests of the north Western Ghats. In doing so, we have strategically safeguarded the many species that call it home!

Long-Term Impact

Species conservation in isolation will never work unless the habitats are safeguarded. In 25 yrs, we have safeguarded more than 7500 acre and have regenerated more than 800 acres of private forests in the Western Ghats-one of the global biodiversity hotspots. The forests have always been extremely important as providers of essential ecosystem services that our lives depend on. COVID-19 has shown us that we need to save them to avert future disasters even as we recover from the current one.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Applied Environmental Research Foundation(AERF)

Location: Pune - India
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AERFConserve
Project Leader:
Suchitra Naidu
Pune, Maharashtra India
$2,624 raised of $30,000 goal
21 donations
$27,376 to go
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