Our Mission

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No More Dodos is a charitable organisation that promotes awareness of biodiversity and conservation issues through a range of means, including the use of Art and/or Sport. No More Dodos also promotes awareness of organisations which are directly involved in addressing these issues.

We all know what happened to the Dodo – the name is synonymous with extinction. Our aim is to prevent this from happening to other species too, which why we encourage individuals and organisations to make a difference, either through their own actions or by supporting the work of organisations.

On our website you’ll find a list of endangered species and habitats, with signposting to organisations that work directly in this area or with specific species.

We also seek the support of national organisations and clubs for particular projects, to raise help awareness with the public in general as well as their own supporters.

For example, Sport and Art have a pervasive influence within local cultures and global society. They both have the capacity to inspire members of the public, and the generate enthusiasm leading to positive action. Our aim is to harness this enthusiasm to the cause of the biodiversity of the planet.

In the case of Sport, one example of a proposed project is to persuade sporting clubs and individual athletes to adopt an endangered species as their emblem, thereby raising awareness amongst their supporters (including those who might otherwise not be aware of issues around biodiversity) and encouraging them to take individual action. This would be featured prominently on their website with links to pages on the No More Dodos website describing the status of that species and how they might be able to support its protection.

With Art, we intend to organise exhibitions and events which have an educational purpose aimed at informing the public as to the scale of the issues faced by the other forms of life with which we share this planet and how they as individuals can help change the prevailing critical situation. For example, providing an interactive art installation which raises questions on a particular aspect of biodiversity, invites the public to directly participate in the installation in order to make the issue relevant to their own lives, to reflect on the actions and choices they currently make that adversely affect that issue and to take positive steps that will help to address that issue.

We also plan to open a number of charity shops, which will partly act as an information point to raise awareness for our conservation projects and invite individuals to get involved and take action. Resources are allocated to awareness raising and signposting activities.

Our distinctive name (No More Dodos) and logo will also be used to create a ‘presence’, using social media and other promotional activities, which is intended to particularly appeal to younger people and inspire their concern for the conservation and biodiversity issues we are highlighting.

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Why save endangered species?

The journal Science (25 July 2014) points out that ‘We live amid a global wave of anthropogenically driven biodiversity loss: species and population extirpations and, critically, declines in local species abundance. Particularly, human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change. Among terrestrial vertebrates populations show 25% average decline in abundance. Invertebrate patterns are equally dire: 67% of monitored populations show 45% decline. Such animal declines will cascade onto ecosystem functioning and human well-being.”

The World Animal Foundation notes that the US Congress in the preamble to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, recognized that endangered and threatened species of wildlife and plants “are of aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.”

In this statement, Congress summarised convincing arguments made by scientists, conservationists, and others who are concerned by the disappearance of unique creatures. Congress further stated its intent that the Act should conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend.

Although extinctions occur naturally, scientific evidence strongly indicates that the current rate of extinction is much higher than the natural or background rate of the past. The main force driving this higher rate of loss is habitat loss. Over-exploitation of wildlife for commercial purposes, the introduction of harmful exotic (nonnative) organisms, environmental pollution, and the spread of diseases also pose serious threats to our world’s biological heritage.


OnStage Discussions

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Mentor Session

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