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Happy New Year 2019



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Running South America with my husband and other animals

StFF beneficiary – the 5000 Mile Project – has launched its book entitled: ‘Running South America with my Husband & other animals’.

This expedition was a first! An epic adventure documented by Katharine and David Lowrie, who are both keen environmentalists.

They are giving talks and having book signing events in the UK or you can buy it from the publisher here or if you can’t do that, then from or

Katharine and Dave are an inspiration but check out their video first and make your own mind up:

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.

David de Rothschild Article: ‘The N Word’

David de Rothschild explores the concept of Nature in the Huffington Post.



Read the article 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


Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy’ to go on national tour

The Natural History Museum in London reports today that the Museum’s famous Diplodocus, Dippy, will go on tour from early 2018.

The Museum will run an open call to indoor venues in the UK to host the Diplodocus and its ambition is for Dippy to visit every region of the country.


See The Telegraph for more information.

Touching the Earth Lightly – The Lighthouse

Sculpt the Future Foundation beneficiary, Stephen Lamb, from Touching the Earth Lightly sends the following video providing insight into his design philosophy:

Design-Build Research Studio – The Lighthouse from Epitome on Vimeo.

The Great Barrier Reef 2050 long-term plan

New report states:

“Actions under the Reef 2050 plan will ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to be among the world’s best managed and protected World Heritage areas.”

Click here to learn more.