October 14, 2010
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I am a proud supporter of the World Wildlife Fund, an organization that has advocated for the protection of the environment since 1961. The World Wildlife Fund was established by a small group of European naturalists, scientists, and business and political leaders to meet the growing need of conservation efforts. Responding to requests by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and The Conservation Foundation, the WWF was founded at the IUCN’s headquarters located in Morges, Switzerland. The three main tenants of the WWF’s mission are: to protect natural areas and wildlife populations around the world, to promote and encourage more sustainable modes of life among human populations, and to encourage efficiency in the use of resources and energy in order to reduce pollution. Since its inception nearly a half a century ago, the WWF has undergone considerable changes. The evolution of the organization has produced an improved international network, and the WWF in the United States plays a pivotal role in the WWF Global Network. One of the many laudable qualities of the WWF is its commitment to accomplishing concrete goals. Currently, the WWF aspires to conserve 19 of the planet’s most important natural places by 2020. These 19 important places include the Amazon, the Amur-Heilong, the Arctic, Chihuahuan Desert, Coastal East Africa, the Congo Basin, the Coral Triangle, the Eastern Himalayas, the Galapagos, the Gulf of California, Madagascar, the Mekong Delta, Mesoamerican Reef, Namibia, the Northern Great Plains, the United States Southeast rivers and streams, Southern Chile, and the Yangtze River. I find it inspiring to support the efforts of the WWF.