Galápagos Conservancy

Celebrating World Environment Day with Galápagos Conservancy

Celebrating World Environment Day with Galápagos Conservancy
Aerial view of the sea lion colony on San Cristóbal Island, home to one of the iconic species of the Galápagos archipelago. ©Galápagos Conservancy

Every year on June 5th, the world comes together to celebrate World Environment Day. Established by the United Nations in 1972, this date aims to raise global awareness about the importance of caring for our ecosystems. It prompts us to reflect on our daily actions and their environmental impact, emphasizing the urgent need to adopt more environmentally responsible practices. World Environment Day also reminds us of the vital importance of protecting and conserving our planet, especially in places like the Galápagos Islands, where biodiversity is extraordinarily rich yet incredibly fragile. The Galápagos serve as a unique natural laboratory, home to endemic species found nowhere else on Earth, making their conservation crucial for global biodiversity.

A 39-Year Commitment to Conservation

Celebrating World Environment Day with Galápagos Conservancy
Impressive presence of a Galápagos giant tortoise, symbolizing the conservation and biodiversity of these unique islands. ©Galápagos Conservancy

For 39 years, Galápagos Conservancy has been dedicated to supporting the conservation of this ecological gem and its distinct biodiversity. We face the challenge of safeguarding Galápagos ecosystems and truly appreciate the support of our donors and conservation activists. Their contributions enable us to carry out vital initiatives on the islands. We also acknowledge the hard work of the local community, where many individuals demonstrate their dedication to Galápagos through various conservation efforts and enterprises.

Our Director of Conservation, Dr. Jorge Carrión, explains: “Constant effort and well-planned conservation actions, along with community support and donations from committed individuals, are essential to continue implementing measures that contribute to safeguarding Galápagos’ unique ecosystems. Thanks to them, we can carry out fundamental projects that protect species found nowhere else on the planet.”

A Future Where Galápagos Thrives

As an organization, we focus on achieving a sustainable future for Galápagos, striving to ensure the long-term conservation of its ecosystems while contributing to improving the well-being of the islands’ inhabitants. We are proud to work hand in hand with our main ally, the Galápagos National Park Directorate, which has a team of highly trained park rangers tirelessly working to protect Galápagos biodiversity.

“Our commitment is to continue fighting for conservation in Galápagos and to continue contributing so that future generations can enjoy the natural wonders of the archipelago,” says Dr. Carrión.

On this World Environment Day, we congratulate the Galápagos National Park Directorate for their hard work in protecting this natural heritage of humanity daily. We call on the global population to join us in this crucial effort to care for the Galápagos archipelago and, by extension, the planet. There are numerous ways in which we can make positive contributions in our daily lives to protect the environment, especially in places like the Galápagos Islands. Some simple actions include using reusable bags and containers, appropriate water and energy management in our homes, avoiding consumerism, and purchasing products from companies with sustainable and ethical practices. These small everyday actions benefit our local environment and contribute to the well-being of the unique species inhabiting Galápagos and the delicate balance of its ecosystems.

A Shared Responsibility

Celebrating World Environment Day with Galápagos Conservancy
The breathtaking crest of a marine iguana, an endemic species of the archipelago, gleams like a precious gem in the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. ©Galápagos Conservancy

World Environment Day reminds us of the importance of protecting and conserving our planet to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. “At Galápagos Conservancy, we are firmly committed to the conservation of Galápagos ecosystems and their unique biodiversity, and we recognize the valuable contribution that each individual can make in this effort,” emphasizes Dr. Carrión.

Join us in this mission. Happy World Environment Day!

Celebrating World Environment Day with Galápagos Conservancy
Park ranger Marcelo Gavilanes and Dr. Jorge Carrión, a scientist from Galápagos Conservancy, are conducting ecological monitoring of land iguanas on Wolf Volcano. This image emphasizes the important collaboration between the Galápagos National Park Directorate and Galápagos Conservancy in conserving the ecosystems of Galápagos. ©Galápagos Conservancy