Posts Tagged ‘micro-conservation’

Win a $25 Living-Room Size Nature Reserve Once We Launch

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Contest to Create ecoReserve’s Tagline

Join in the fun! Toss out a few ideas for an ecoReserve tagline.Just for submitting any idea at all you’ll be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a $25 ecoreserve once we launch. If we choose your tagline you’ll win a $100 ecoreserve.

We’re looking for a memorable tagline that will help inspire a grassroots movement for micro-conservation.The tagline will be used on our website and in our marketing materials. It will look something like this:

Dream up fun, hip, taglines that describe what ecoReserve does and inspire people to take action.Taglines should be short, punchy, memorable and inspiring,something both a kindergartner and CEO would aspire to!

Here are a few samples to get you started:
• Have you created a nature reserve today?
• Save the rainforest one pixel at a time.
• Save the world 50 square yards at a time.
• Micro-conservation: Everyone can do it!
• Nature reserves for everyone
• Name It. Visit It. Share It With Friends.

For Your Inspiration:
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• Executive Summary:

Please type your tagline ideas into the blog (no limit).We will be taking entries until we launch.

1) Random Drawing Just for Entering – Anyone who submits a tagline idea will automatically be entered into a random drawing for a $25 living-room size nature reserve once we launch.
2) Tagline Winner – If we actually decide to use one of the submitted taglines, your prize will be a $100 ecoreserve plus lots of fame and glory!

The winner(s) will be announced via this blog, Facebook, and Twitter prior to launch.Please stay tuned!

ecoReserve Alpha Site is Launched! Beta Up Next!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

We’re pleased to announce that we now have an alpha version of the ecoReserve website! This is a private site that we’re testing internally but here’s a screenshot of what the *real* Panamanian rainforest looks like!

On the alpha site, you can see all of the available conservation and restoration reserve parcels in the Panamanian rainforest that you’ll help to protect. You can click on the interactive map to adopt your own nature reserve, and your personalized ecoReserve page will display your profile, a portfolio of parcels that you’ve adopted, multimedia content that you’ve uploaded, and messages from your friends. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be refining the alpha site and adding features.

We are now in the final push to launch the public Beta version of the website in the next few weeks.

We will be refining the alpha site and adding several exciting social networking features that will enable micro-conservation to spread rapidly among friends.

We are almost there but we need to raise an additional $20,000 in the next few weeks to launch the site. If just 200 friends like you donate $100 today, we’ll make our goal within 24 hours. Would you please be one of those 200 friends?

If you donate any amount before our Beta launch, you will become one of our Founding Donors honored on the Wall of Fame, and you’ll secure a respected place in ecoReserve’s startup history.

Thank you for your good wishes and support this year. We couldn’t do it without you!

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If you’re not on Facebook, click here to donate through Givezooks.

Innovative model for small donations is sparking a big movement: Thanks to Planet Green

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Thanks to Planet Green and Jaymi Heimbuch.

“A few years ago, Kiva changed the way we think about financing by creating micro-financing – small loans made to small businesses. Then more recently we heard about Janta Foundation taking the idea a step further and applying it to scholarships to get underprivileged kids through school. Now, there’s a new organization taking the idea of small steps a big step further. ecoReserve is moving us towards micro-conservation.

How ecoReserve’s Micro-Conservation Works

ecoReserve allows people to help restore and protect endangered land, support sustainable livelihoods, and create a new grassroots movement of micro-conservation by launching a breakthrough new model for philanthropy. Users can create a reserve the size of their living room for about $25, or go big – the size of an acre – for about $2,000. The user can choose if they want the funds to go towards conserving existing habitats, restoring degraded habitats, or helping create “sustainable livelihood reserves” that support local people in their pursuit of sustainable agriculture and agro-forestry.”

Read the rest of the article at Planet Green.

Dr. Jane Goodall Speaks about ecoReserve and micro-conservation

Monday, April 26th, 2010

A National Symbol of Panama and Now Extinct in the Wild: The Panamanian Golden Frog.

Celebrating 50 years of pioneering research and sharing an inspiring vision for our future, world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall renews her faith in nature and humanity during the “Gombe 50” anniversary.

“When I began in the early 1960s even the global scientific community wasn’t talking about—or really concerned with—conservation and environmentalism. Rainforests stretched across Africa and across the global equatorial belt but now these areas have become ever-decreasing fragments of forest. In turn, wild animal populations have suffered. Wild chimps, for example, numbered an estimated one to two million in 1900 and now there are fewer than 300,000 spread across 21 nations. The numbers of wild elephants, tigers, gorillas, rhinos, etc. have all decreased by horrific percentages.

For me, the big change in regard to my take on conservation began in the late 1980s when I realized that the problems of deforestation had come right to the borders of Gombe. I came to realize that all across Africa the chimpanzees and their forests were in real trouble. The need to reverse this catastrophic trend is what caused me to make the hard decision to leave the life that I loved out in the forest, working with the chimps in the field of primate research. Now I travel an average of 300 days a year with the mission to give people hope: ‘We can pull through our shared environmental challenges if we work together.’

The really good news is that over the past 50 years people have begun to see that the world is interconnected and that preserving the environment is a responsibility shared by all……”

“And there are all kinds of wonderful conservation groups across the globe. In your part of the world (California) there are groups like the Wildlife Conservation Network, and new projects like ecoReserve, which will allow a greater number of people to participate directly in global conservation through ‘micro-conservation’ projects. There are so many opportunities for people to step up in a positive, lasting and meaningful way—to think globally and live locally.”

Read the full interview at Mongabay

ecoReserve Celebrates Earth Day in Los Angeles April 20, 2010 Unveiling Micro-Conservation and the Jaguar Trail

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The Buzz has started in LA for ecoReserve and micro-conservation.

ecoReserve took micro-conservation on the road on April 20, 2010 and showcased the game changing concept at a fabulous house party in Los Angeles. It was an early Earth Day celebration two days in advance. We consider it a 3 day Earth Day celebration and a terrific way to celebrate Earth Day 2010 with supporters of ecoReserve.

A generous supporter of ecoReserve offered their home in Los Angeles and hosted a fabulous party for us in their stunning private home. More than 50 guests were in attendance, many from the entertainment industry. So the buzz has started in LA. We can’t wait to get Hollywood’s creative minds thinking about how to tell the stories of what is taking place on the ground in the biodiversity hotspots in which ecoReserve will be working.

Here’s a link to a description of the Mesoamerican hotspot that includes the Jaguar Trail, where we’ll be working in Panama:

The excitement is building for micro-conservation and how individuals can make a difference on ecologically significant pieces of land when they acquire their own private nature reserve beginning in Panama.

Stay tuned.