December 1 — William Temple Hornaday Born (1937)

William Temple Hornaday, one of the leading conservationists of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, was born on December 1, 1954 (died 1937).  Hornaday was the finest taxidermist of his time, but made history by promoting the preservation of living specimens in two of the world’s premier zoos. Hornaday was born in central Indiana, […]

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November 14 — US Crushes Elephant Ivory (2013)

On November 14, 2013, the U.S. government crushed nearly 6 tons of elephant ivory in a historic demonstration of its commitment to stopping poaching and illegal wildlife trade.  The action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ushered in a new era in elephant conservation. Ivory has a long history as a favored raw material […]

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November 13 — Amory Lovins Born (1947)

Amory Lovins, considered by many to be the king of energy efficiency, was born on November 13, 1947.  Lovins created and led the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a think-tank specializing in novel approaches to saving energy and, thereby, saving costs of constructing and operating buildings.  He is now listed as Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientist […]

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November 12 — Salim Ali Born (1896)

Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali was an Indian conservationist born on November 12, 1896 (died 1987).  Ali became one of the world’s foremost ornithologists, earning the moniker “The Birdman of India.” Ali was born in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), the youngest of nine siblings.  As a boy of ten, he shot a bird with an air gun.  […]

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November 11 — Leonardo DiCaprio Born (1974)

Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the world’s most famous actors and also a fervent environmentalist, was born November 11, 1974.  Over the past two decades, DiCaprio has used his celebrity fame to bring attention—intense attention—to the world’s major environmental issues, especially climate change. DiCaprio was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He claims that from his […]

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November 10 — Guinness Book of World Records Born (1951)

So, here’s a question for you:  What world-renowned book began as an argument among hunting friends over the fastest game bird in Great Britain?  Yes, indeed, it was the Guinness Book of World Records.  And here’s how it happened. On November 10, 1951, a group of friends were out hunting for birds in County Wexford, […]

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November 9 — First Live Panda Leaves China (1936)

“Panda-monium” might be described as a state of excitement generated by the beautiful and exotic Asian animal, the giant panda.  That excitement was fueled for the first time in the U.S. when a live baby panda arrived during 1936. Reports of the mysterious giant panda had occurred in western culture since the mid-1800s, but only […]

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November 8 — World Town Planning Day

The natural habitat for the human species has become the city.  Therefore, to make a sustainable world, we need to make sustainable cities.  World Town Planning Day, also known as World Urbanism Day, is celebrated on November 8 to highlight just this need. World Town Planning Day was the idea of urban planner Carlos Maria […]

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November 7 — Costa Rica Constitution Enacted (1949)

The codification of a nation’s constitution may seem like an odd entry for a conservation calendar, but Costa Rica made an enormous sustainability decision with one simple eight-word statement—Article 12:  “The Army as a permanent institution is proscribed.”  Instead of funding an army, Costa Rica chose to fund peace and prosperity, creating an educated, healthy […]

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