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What We Learn From NatureNature is the human race’s finest teacher. Inspiring everything from technological to medical advancement, many of the earth’s plants and animals have been the root of breakthrough scientific innovations. But what if our greatest teacher were to disappear? What does a gecko and a roll of tape have in common? Or a robot and an ant? How about a coral reef and a lamp?We have always been inspired by nature. Birds are accredited to providing the catalyst for flight; the lotus plant was the basis for nanotechnology. Referred to as biomimicry or biomimetics, people turn to the environment to supply the inspiration for almost every technological advancement imaginable.If scientists hadn’t been able to observe the unique footpad of a gecko, then they would have never created the super-strong tape that is flooding the market today. Had researchers not examined the Cataglyphis ant, they wouldn’t have been able to examine autonomous navigation used in robotic technology. If they hadn’t studied coral reef structures, they wouldn’t have been able to develop LED energy efficient lamps. Nature has 3.8 billion years of experience. The things that we learn from the natural world are concepts that have stood the test of time - consider it the longest running product testing ever. In a world dominated by innovation and advancement, doesn’t it make sense that we turn to the oldest expert for guidance? When we ask nature for innovative solutions to the world’s issues, we can begin to appreciate how precious the natural environment is. Studies estimate that at least 10,000 species go extinct every year. When these plants and animals are permanently wiped from the planet, what secrets do they take with them? A cure to Alzheimer’s Disease? A solution to affordable green energy? We can learn a lot from observing the natural world - and we can learn even more if we ensure that nature is protected.The natural world can inspire us in unique ways. Last year, a technology turned to the butterfly to garner inspiration for display screen technology. After exploring that the butterfly’s wings scatter and diffract light to produce the stunning colors that you find adorning their bodies, scientists developed a way to translate that technology. When watching a television show or looking at photos on your tablet or computer, consider that the butterfly is the sole reason you can appreciate such stunning visuals. Currently, scientists are using sharks as the basis for antibacterial technology. By studying the unique skin structure of these fish, researchers have developed a way to create a film that repels parasites and other germs. The final result could be implemented in hospitals and schools to stop the spread of illness. The earth holds a wealth of knowledge - and with the right tools and a considerate approach, we can share in this wisdom. Speak for the environment and it will speak for you. Nature is a treasure chest full of secrets that are waiting to be unlocked - and you hold the key. With Greenvolved, you can nurture the environment to ensure that it can be an inspiring source for future generations.

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Peru’s cloud forests are a home to thousands of plant and animal species, making it one of the most biologically diverse region in the planet. But what would happen if this precious habitat was to disappear?We’ve all heard the stories of those places that seem too magical to be real, too exceptional to actually exist. This is where the natural world is truly natural, where trees can grow tall and diverse species can thrive. In a planet that is constantly becoming more and more developed - we’re losing 80,000 acres of tropical forest every day - these untouched landscapes become increasingly rarer. And as the rest of the natural world disappears, the spaces that survive become more precious than gold.So why do plants and animals thrive here? These are the places where plant and animal species can thrive. They don’t have to alter millions of years of evolutionary behavior because of intruding human behaviors, and they don’t have to struggle with a disappearing habitat. Due to the “activities of an ever-growing human population,” many researchers estimate that our planet is hovering on the edge of a mass extinction. Landscape modification is the biggest contributing factor - because if species don’t have a place to thrive, then they cannot survive. Peru’s Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot is one of those “golden places.” It stands out as one of the most biologically diverse region on the planet, providing a habitat for thousands of plant and animal species. The area is defined by its tropical forests, which are covered by a thick cloud cover for most of the year. This unique environment is ideal for many critically endangered primate species; they thrive in the dense forests and unique climate. But this precious area is in danger. Illegal deforestation and other destructive practices are taking their toll on the environment, transforming it from a natural paradise into yet another human-altered region. There is no “one” reason that Peru’s cloud forests are in danger. Much of the problem comes from big industries, like logging and agriculture. Thanks to a lack of law enforcement, these operations can destroy the land without consequences. Another contributing factor is the local communities. They don’t appreciate the impact their activities have on the environment – and they aren’t aware of what they have to gain from protecting the environment. Greenvolved is here to change that.  The future of this precious habitat is not written in stone. With the proper protective measures, it can continue to stand out as an area where plant and animal species can thrive. Greenvolved is excited to present Cloud Forest Conservation, a project that will tackle this region’s problem through community-based conservation. This solution stands out. It is the first conservation program in the region that engages local community members, creating a protective network that is both observed and operated by local individuals. By educating communities on why habitat preservation matters - both to their families, their town, and the planet as a whole - this project will implement a sense of stewardship throughout the local area.Previous measures have failed in this region because they do not engage the community members that call Peru’s cloud forest home. Greenvolved is delighted to showcase a project that inspires action through education… And creates change through a communal team effort.To learn more about the Cloud Forest Conservation project, take a look on our website. Feel passionate about this cause? Boost the project and share it with your friends over social media. It’s a simple formula: The more people that boost the project, the higher the chances that a company will fund it. The future of Peru’s cloud forests are in your hands. And it starts with one simple click.

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Europe’s last remaining old-growth forest is in trouble. And you - and this lichen - can save it. On the surface, Lobaria Pulmonaria - also called simply the Lungwort - looks inconspicuous. They grow on tree trunks, blending into the earthy tones of the woodland habitat. The lichen’s mossy green color and slightly brittle texture are hardly ostentatious, and it would be easy to walk past it in the forest without a second glance.But think of the Lungwort as a magnet. This bio-indicator gravitates towards critically endangered tree species, flourishing in an old-growth forest setting. It’s for this reason that the Lungwort has been classified as both a relic of primeval forests and an indicator of environmental progression. In the simplest terms? If you want to find high-value and rare forests, then look to where the Lungwort grows. The very essence of these “old growth forest helpers” is rooted in positive collaboration. As a lichen, it is a composite of both a fungus and a photosynthetic partner. These two elements work together to create the Lungwort. The presence of this lichen demonstrates that a forest is healthy and thriving - in essence, it serves as a bioindicator for the overall quality of its habitat. Lungwort is a beacon for health, diversity and longevity.In Poland, the Białowieża Forest is tucked into the country’s eastern border. This is the last remnant of a sprawling old-growth forest that once stretched across the length of Europe. Today, it occupies just 41 square miles (105 square kilometers). To walk through this forest is to step back in time. This stretch of wilderness provides a snapshot of how Europe looked in the thirteenth century; a lush, mossy layer carpets the floor and thick trees stretch upwards, their branches intertwining to leave the forest in a permanent state of dusk. Lobaria pulmonaria once clung to the trunks of these ancient trees… And it still does today. When you spot the lichen growing in a woodland habitat, it’s safe to assume that the forest is ancient.Lobaria Pulmonaria is an umbrella species. This term refers to a species - either plant or animal - that has higher living requirements than other species that share its habitat. In essence, if the umbrella species can survive, then a host of other species will also be able to thrive. Lobaria Pulmonaria is notoriously sensitive to air quality, and is threatened by rising levels of pollution and logging. As the lichen disappears, so does the old-growth forest that it calls home.It’s a major issue. But Greenvolved is excited to present a solution. Umbrella Species Protection for Forest Conservationis a unique project that seeks to protect old-growth forests using Lobaria Pulmonaria as its agent. By creating protection zones around habitats where the lichen thrives, the plan will simultaneously protect the primeval woodland from ruin. The result? The protection of a vital plant species - and the continued existence of old-growth forests. These designated areas will also contribute to carbon dioxide absorption, creating better air quality for people, animals and plants.The future of Europe’s last remaining old-growth forests is in your hands. Get Greenvolved to secure a sustainable existence for these primeval woodlands; be their ticket to a healthy existence by Boosting this project. All it takes is the click of a mouse… And it all begins with you.

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