Juneteenth 2022: An Historic Moment to Reflect, Recommit, and Celebrate

It’s been one year since President Biden designated Juneteenth–America’s second independence day and celebration of the end of legal slavery–a federal paid holiday. This will be the first year that Point Blue will be celebrating it as such and we are not taking the moment for granted. The murder of George Floyd on May 25th,

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New Year Urgency and New Year Hope

By Mani Oliva, C.E.O. Right now, we are at a critical time in the course of our history – mounting scientific evidence highlights the need for urgent action to address the climate change crisis. Looking at one facet of this crisis, the New York Times recently published an important article that highlights the critical state

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Reflections from Glasgow and COP26: Nature-based Solutions are More Important Than Ever

For the past two weeks, Point Blue scientists, members of our Board of Directors, two graduate students with Yale’s School of the Environment and I have been together in Glasgow, Scotland as Point Blue’s delegation for COP26, this year’s version of the annual UN climate change conference. And what a whirlwind it’s been. The first

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The Beginning of the Journey

When I joined Point Blue in May of 2019 I did so for many reasons, which include but are not limited to: The opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated scientists striving to create innovative and long lasting solutions to climate change; To learn from and be inspired by the next generation of

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New Climate Report Offers Urgency and Hope

By Mani Oliva, C.E.O. Yesterday the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), the leading global body for climate change science, issued their landmark report assessing the state of climate change. This report is the strongest reminder yet that urgent action is needed. Over the next twenty years, it predicts that the global temperature increase since

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Acknowledgement and Celebration of Juneteenth

By Mani Oliva, CEO June 19th, is America’s second independence day. It’s also known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day and is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of Black Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. On June 19th, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with

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Earth Day Inspiration

By Mani Oliva, CEO Having been in this field for many years, I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most brilliant and passionate individuals dedicated to conserving our natural world and fighting climate change. These are individuals who have inspired me and who I continue to draw my optimism

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The Case for Nature-based Solutions

By Mani Oliva, C.E.O. Recently, President Biden issued an Executive Order to raise the level of our ambition to fight climate change. This Executive Order recognizes the urgent need as well as the short time-frame we have to act. Therefore, the Executive Order creates a roadmap of how the federal government will take on a

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An Important Day for Democracy and Conservation

By Mani Oliva, CEO These past two weeks we have witnessed both the fragility and the resilience of democracy. From the violent attacks where messages of hate were prevalent, to the words of support and unity during the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris – ironically both occurring on the steps of the

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Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change: From California to Spain to Scotland

by Mani Oliva, CEO It’s hard to believe that at this time last year I was halfway around the world in Madrid, Spain. I had the privilege of being there along with Dr. Libby Porzig, our Working Lands program Director, and Geoff Gordon-Creed, the Chair of our Board, to represent Point Blue at the annual

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