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Mountain Caribou Initiative

David Moskovitz was supported to undertake work to help conserve the Mountain Caribou. The following is an update from David on his work.

Please also see Lost Explorer this article.

Film: We are starting work on production for a 20 minute documentary on mountain caribou, the inland rainforest and BC’s continued efforts to liquidate a large percentage of the remaining old growth of the region. We are aiming to have the film ready for release in late spring 2017.

Photography: Images from the project appeared in the New York Times. High Country News also published a photo essay and article by myself on the plight of mountain caribou.

Book: I have a book contract with Braided River Press for a photography book on this story, schedule for publication for fall of 2018.

Education: We are working on developing educational resources which will accompany all of our major content pieces for the project to make it easy for teachers and community groups to use our content for structured educational purposes

Community Conversations: Our team has delivered our first slideshows for the project, all here in Washington State. One of our current tasks is to reach out to communities on a larger scale to bring the story in person to people within the region and beyond.

Continuing Field Work: I am planning on another 3 seasons of field work for the project as I work to nail down some of the most challenging and important images for this story.

Policy: The Canadian and USA federal governments are both currently reviewing their management of mountain caribou. Canada should have revisions to the current plan out in early 2017. Early reports are that the new plan will be stronger then the existing plan including important additional habitat protections. We are poised for these announcements to drive public engagement for official comment periods and to help hold government accountable.

Social Media: We have an active social media presence on Facebook and Instagram. We have been quiet the past several weeks since the USA elections as we have been dealing with more urgent conservation and social justice issues but will be gearing back up after the new year. Every major content release for this project will be paired with a coordinated social medial campaign.

As we roll into our final year of field work and and production of our most ambitious content pieces its good to see a growing number of individuals and organizations giving us support and encouragement along the way!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. We appreciate your support for the project.

Divide in Concord film

Divide In Concord, a film by Dave Regos is now available in the UK and around the world.

Supported by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Algalita, 5 Gyres, Story of Stuff, Food and Water Watch and others, the Massachusetts state senator Jamie Eldridge has endorsed the film calling it

an inspiration to anyone who cares deeply about the growing environmental chaos that our world is facing.

Click to see more

Jungle-ized – David de Rothschild project – Times Square, New York

From 1 – 30 April 2016, Soundwalk Collective presents JUNGLE-IZED: a month-long interactive multi-sensory art installation that will transform Times Square, transporting over half a million visitors daily to the heart of the Amazon, by following the 73rd Meridian West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.

Presented in partnership with The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), Times Square Arts, Audio-Technica, CXA+ART, and David de Rothschild’s The Lost Explorer, this immersive installation includes a participatory audio experience and an interactive video not only to encourage and celebrate a conversation with nature but to bring a heightened awareness around climate change and the environmental impact of our everyday actions.

New project supported – Mountain Caribou Expedition

Mountain caribou are on the brink of disappearing across most of their range in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and Canada.  David Moskowitz took part in the Wolf OR 7 Expedition, supported by StFF in 2014 and has now launched a new project to explore the world of mountain caribou and the conservation challenges faced to sustain them and the unique mountain landscapes they depend on.

Sculpt the Future Foundation has made a donation towards the project – see project page for more detail.

Swim the Eden – Report

In August, three brothers, Robbie, Calum and Jack Hudson, swam the length of the River Eden in Cumbria gaining Cumbrian, British and World Records in the process. StFF supported this adventure with a small grant and helped these boys achieve their ambition and will inspire young people and the local community engage with and value their environment.

Swim the Eden pic


We really couldn’t have done the swim without Sculpt the Future and will be eternally grateful for your support. It is something we will never forget and we think has inspired lots of people to engage in a more sustainable and positive relationship with the environment.

Kate Rew the head of the Outdoor Swimming Society (18,000 members) said that we “had captured the public imagination” and were “the big hit of the

summer”. The BBC said that it was an “incredible achievement” and ITV described it as “epic and engaging”.  Calum Hudson

Read reports  of their success here and here


Why Nature Needs a Seat at the United Nations

StFF Founder, David de Rothschild, is in Paris this week chairing a round table discussion at the COP21 Summit.  

In an online article for Amuse, a digital magazine and video channel published by i-D, David expresses his fears:

Our oceans really are rising and have already risen. It already is hotter and it’s going to get hotter. It’s dry and going to get drier. The familiar shape of continents and countries soon won’t be so familiar, as by the middle of this century we’ll be redrawing the maps as we know it. We are killing ourselves quickly and slowly. We are losing against ourselves. There is no off switch.

I’ve travelled a lot and do what I can to turn this knowledge into positive action. I’m generally an optimist, but I am shit scared.

and offers an idea for how conservation efforts could be approached at the national and international level.

Read David’s article here


Other Funders – Deadline Ahead

Latest news

27/11/2015 – PTES’s Species Conservation Insight Grants – Reminder of February Deadline

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is currently accepting applications from scientific researchers and conservationists in the UK who need funding for projects focusing on endangered species for up to two years.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 per year up to a maximum total of £20,000 are available for projects focusing on endangered species for up to two years. Scientific researchers and those working in the field of practical conservation can apply as long as the project leader is based either within an NGO or a university research department.

The funding will be awarded for work that seeks either to:

  • Find the critical scientific evidence that will facilitate the conservation of a species.
  • Provide the answer to a key conservation question, which will enable conservationists to undertake critical conservation action.
  • Undertake the implementation of a key local action which will result in a significantly, positive impact for an endangered species.

High priority will be given to projects that are:

  • Gathering evidence needed to undertake necessary mitigation work.
  • Using scientific evidence to get changes made to local, national or international policy.
  • Devising and testing a new methodology for monitoring a species or group of species.

Applications will only be considered from those working in countries classified by the World Bank as low and middle-income. Preference is given to applicants working in their own country rather than UK or other western nationals working abroad.

Priority is also given to applications for conservation and research work on species classified as endangered, critically endangered and extinct in the wild by the IUCN.

Preference will be given to applicants who have a proven, successful history working on the species and/or in that region.

The Trust recommends that applicants allow plenty of time to go through the application process and should start their application at least four weeks before the deadline.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2016.


People’s Trust for Endangered Species


Ed Stafford talks to Steve Backshall on BBC Radio 4

In a new series of BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’,  Steve Backshall meets StFF beneficiary, Ed Stafford, the first person to walk the 6,000-mile length of the Amazon River over a two-and-a-half year period.  Backshall’s aim is to discover what drives his guest to attempt almost superhuman challenges.

During the interview, Ed talks about being an adventurer and describes his formative years, to profound and fascinating effect.

We hear about his not-particularly-happy time at public school, a rebellious period as a young man and his thoughts on being adopted. He’s a pleasure to listen to, full of wisdom but never self-important:

To put yourself through hardship now is just a way of constantly making sure you evolve.

Ed Stafford

See Chris Gardner’s full review for The Radio Times

Listen to the full interview on BBC iplayer: