Crossbow has has built coalitions around the world for more than 30 years. At the moment, we are tackling some of the most urgent issues of our time, including autism, neurodegenerative disease, biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, food safety and water contamination. All of these issues are near tipping points now.
Neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Misinformation and mismanagement are contributing to the surge. The same reckless waste-management policies are fueling the autism epidemic.
Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Experts suggest that the prevalence of brain disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. It’s preventable. Misinformation, mismanagement and the reckless dumping of infectious waste are fueling the explosion. The threat is spreading further into our lives every day. Only the truth can turn the tide. Learn more about the epidemic, the disease and the need for reforms here.
Forests are critical to the way Earth functions. They lock up vast amounts of carbon and release oxygen. They influence rainfall, filter fresh water and prevent flooding and soil erosion. They produce wild foods, fuelwood and medicines for the people that live in and around them. They are storehouses of potential future crop varieties and genetic materials with untapped healing qualities. Wood and other fibre grown in forests can be used as a renewable fuel or as raw material for paper, packaging, furniture or housing. They also are critical to biodiversity and endangered species.
While the pressures on forests vary across regions, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock and major crops such as palm oil and soy. Small-scale farmers also play a role, often due to poverty and insecure land tenure. Mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects also are major contributors – new roads create can devastate entire ecosystems.
Deforestation generates about 20 percent of greenhouse gasses, which contribute to global warming and climate change. Deforestation also cripples our planet’s ability to filter carbon dioxide from our air. Unfortunately, deforestation threatens entire watersheds, endangered species and endangered cultures around the world.
Sacred Seedlings is an international coalition of stakeholders who are collaborating to create a sustainable future for communities and biodiversity. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to suggest new conservation projects anywhere in the world, please contact us.
To help address the impacts of cities on climate change and the impact of climate change on cities, we are developing the world’s most comprehensive and inclusive resources and awards program around resiliency and sustainability to accelerate the movement of cities and communities toward these goals.
With your help, this prestigious annual award will be the richest and most comprehensive awards program in the world for resilient and sustainable cities. To learn more, please visit the Greener Cities Network.