What we do as Global Young Geographers (GYG Project):
The destruction of Earth’s wilderness is a direct, and often overlooked, cause of increased frequency of pandemics, the climate emergency, and the devastating loss of Earth’s biodiversity.
Movement building is essential in the fight for a healthy and wild future. Harvard research shows that to create systemic change that you must mobilize 3.5% of the population.
Around the world, young people are defending nature in their communities, taking initiative where it’s needed most – many without formal education or access to funding opportunities.
From today, we have only 10 years to effectively address the climate and extinction crises if we are to avert catastrophic impacts in the 21st century. To do this, humanity must mobilize more communities, urge scientifically based solutions, conservation, and provide action-based models for a future in which our biosphere and civilization survive. You can do what is necessary to ensure humanity and wild nature can live together. Our future depends on it.
Every second, one person is displaced by disaster.
In 2018, more than 17.2 million people fled disasters in 125 countries and territories. Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide due to global warming.
The basics of climate change, disasters and displacements.
As climate change continues, it will likely lead to more frequent and severe natural hazards. The impact will be heavy. Climate change causes poverty and food shortages, and forces even higher numbers of men, women and children to flee their homes.
On average, 26 million people are displaced by disasters such as floods and storms every year (as of 2016). That’s one person forced to flee every second.
We advocate for protection and assistance to become central components of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and development planning. We work to influence global and regional policies so that they reflect these concerns.
As animal advocates, we support a shift toward creating alternative food systems that exclude cruelty and exploitation toward non-human sentient animals. Through our projects, we encourage others to consider a new way of thinking – that animal rights must be part of the food justice and environmental justice movements in order to create more sustainable and fair systems. In addition, we recognize the importance of building relationships with these and other social justice movements.
If you are a senior high school or tertiary student, you should seriously consider starting or participating in a a vegan club at your senior high school or tertiary institution. A vegan club at your school will be a powerful vehicle to learn and exercise leadership skills while doing activities that benefit the people and the environment, making a difference in the world. GYG Project Foundation will insure that you will receive the documentation to substantiate your volunteer work and extra curricular activities you perform in the vegan club.
Companion animals are those animals who share our homes and lives. Because we consider these animals to be family; and because they are family, companion animals enjoy more legal protections than other animals.
Legally, the category is often limited to dogs and cats, but may also include birds, horses, and other animals as well.
It’s critically important to advocate for better animal protection laws with lawmakers in all government bodies.
Beset by habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, the ocean is losing the ability to provide the benefits that sea creatures have come to rely on: food, livelihoods, climate regulation. All of this is happening in the face of a rapidly changing climate and acidification of seawater, which is reducing the ability of the ocean to absorb carbon and to regulate global temperatures and local weather patterns. This isn’t sustainable.
We’re excited and passionate about protecting our oceans for future generations.
Our programme helps take care of our oceans – and the weird and wonderful creatures that call them home.
There’s an estimated 9 billion land animals raised and killed for food every year. Many of these animals are subjected to near-unimaginable cruelty — much of which is perfectly legal, under current law.
Despite their vast numbers, and severity of abuse they suffer, farmed animals receive only minimal protections by our legal system.
Farmed animals raised for the meat, dairy, and egg industries are among the most abused. Investigators and industry whistle – blowers have revealed abuses on farms and in slaughterhouses so horrific, most people cannot even bear to witness them.
Abuse takes place outside the law, but much of the cruelty consists of commonplace, standard industry practices, and in most countries it is legally sanctioned.
These common, cruel practices include:
- Animals can have their testicles, tails, horns, beaks, or toes removed.
- In most cases, animals are intensively confined in spaces so small they cannot turn around, extend their wings, or lie down comfortably, as in gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages.
- Hens are systematically starved in order to artificially restart their egg-laying cycles.
Wild animals enjoy few legal protections under either international or local laws.
At both international and national level, the key laws protecting wildlife are those governing when and where hunting is permitted. Some countries have also begun to prosecute people who commit acts of cruelty against wild animals.
Wild animals experience pain and pleasure just the same as the dogs and cats who share our homes, and who enjoy far more expansive legal protections. Wild animals also play a key role in our environment and ecosystem. And they are affected by all facets of human behavior: where we build, and what we do on developed land.
Factory farming not only affects the lives of the 9 billion animals a year who are raised for food, but also the wild animals who drink from bodies of water and live on the land polluted by human activities.
There’s nothing abstract about animal rights, and there are no barriers to getting involved. Anyone who cares about animals can start putting these principles into practice every single day with the food they eat, the clothes they wear and the products they buy.