Hansjörg Wyss, a Swiss philanthropist, has pledged $US1 billion to land and ocean conservation. The Wyss Foundation wants to help preserve 30% of the planet’s wild lands and oceans by 2030. An increase in conservation can help prevent animal and plant species from going extinct, and it can expand the availability of clean air and drinking water. Greg Zimmerman, the communications director at the Wyss Campaign for Nature, said the foundation has already donated more than $US66 million. In October 2018, Swiss philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss announced a $US1 billion donation to conserve the planet’s oceans and lands. Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that his eponymous foundation will donate the money over the next 10 years to conservation projects led by indigenous people, local leaders, and conservation groups. He wants to help conserve 30% of the planet by 2030, adding that lands and waters are best protected when they … [Read more...] about A Swiss philanthropist has donated $1 billion to save the Earth’s wild lands and waters from destruction. Here’s where the money is going.
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Only 15% of the Earth’s lands and 7% of the oceans have been protected in a natural state. Some scientists say a majority of wild species will go extinct if humans don’t conserve at least 50% of the Earth. Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has pledged $US1 billion to help protect 30% of the planet by 2030. Wyss previously donated $US450 million to protect wild species on roughly 40 million acres around the world. A Swiss philanthropist’s foundation will donate $US1 billion to conserve the planet’s land and oceans in an effort to expand the availability of clean air and drinking water. Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed that he will donate the money over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation. Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves, Wyss wrote. He aims to help conserve 30% of the Earth in a natural state by … [Read more...] about A Swiss billionaire is donating $1 billion in an attempt to save the planet’s wild lands and waters from destruction
Fireworks over the Rhine Falls. Photo: Christof Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism Brunch on a country farm, fireworks above Lake Geneva, seeing the sun rise on the stunning Mount Titlis or a tour of the Swiss parliament in Bern. These are just some of the best ways to enjoy Swiss National Day. It's that time of year when the Swiss head to the hills to scoff sausages and cheese, politicians take to fields to give rousing speeches and supermarkets go red-and-white crazy. Swiss National Day, August 1st, is a great time to be in Switzerland, with special events and activities taking place across the country. Here are some of the best places to be. 1. Rütli Meadow For many Swiss, this field in central Switzerland is the place to be on National Day. It's here where, in 1291, the three founding cantons of Switzerland – Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden – came together to swear the oath of the Swiss Confederation. These days politicians and patriots return to the … [Read more...] about Ten brilliant ways to celebrate Swiss National Day
By Steve Keating KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Ploughing through nearly 2,000km of autobahns and city traffic, Beat Studer and his trusty tractor rumbled into Kaliningrad on Thursday having completed an epic World Cup journey to watch his beloved Switzerland take on Serbia. Shining brightly under a mid-day sun, the 1964 vintage crimson red tractor pulled into a Kaliningrad Stadium parking lot having reached the finish line of a 12-day odyssey that began just outside Lucerne and will culminate, Studer hopes, on Friday with a Swiss victory in the Group E showdown. Studer, who owns a tractor museum, and two friends Werner Zimmermann and Josef Wyer came up with the idea after Switzerland qualified for Russia but decided they would only undertake the adventure if they could do something positive. They decided they would do the trip for Swiss children’s’ charities and have so far raised close to 20,000 Swiss Francs ($20,173.5). “With the tractor we have no … [Read more...] about Swiss tractor ploughs through traffic to reach World Cup
A lorry in Switzerland. Photo: Dep The man, originally from Bangladesh, was found hidden among cargo in the trailer of a lorry in an industrial park in the town of Buchs. The 16-year-old Bangladeshi national had apparently travelled from Serbia to Switzerland hidden among goods in the trailer, according to information from St Gallen police. The teenager was discovered as the lorry was about to be unloaded in an industrial park in the northeastern Swiss canton of St Gallen. He had apparently secretly entered the trailer through the tarpaulin cover in Serbia. Police did not give details about why the adolescent had undertaken the perilous journey. The 16-year-old was handed over to asylum authorities. The lorry had apparently already been given a customs seal in Turkey, but there is no suggestion the driver or the company were complicit in people smuggling. Figures released today by the UN show nearly one million people were displaced in Syria alone in 2018, … [Read more...] about Swiss police find 16-year-old refugee hidden in lorry trailer