About Wild Hope
We need nature, and nature needs our help. Throughout Earth’s 4.5 billion year history, species have died off naturally when they couldn’t adjust to changing environmental conditions. Today, however, species are vanishing many, many times faster than the natural rate of extinction, largely because of human interference.
We are altering Earth’s atmosphere and landscape in ways that are impacting the ability of many species to adapt to the changes and pushing them to the brink of extinction; and in too many cases over it. The lowest estimate of the number of species becoming extinct every year is 200; the highest is 100,000. And thousands of species disappear before being identified by scientists. The Center for Biological Diversity calculates that between 30 to 50 percent of all living species may be lost by mid-century.
But we can help change this.
During the past 11 years that I’ve been volunteering at the Marine Mammal Center and becoming a naturalist, I’ve met hundreds of people who, like me, are working to preserve Earth’s biodiversity, from a veterinarian who rescues orphaned gorillas in Rwanda to a retired sawyer who builds bluebird nesting boxes in Idaho. This has given me hope that together we can preserve our biodiversity heritage.
That is why I’ve partnered with my friend and creative director, Jane Palecek, to make Wild Hope, a magazine that connects people who care about the other species with whom we share this planet.
Wild Hope is a collaborative, community-sourced magazine where we come together to inspire and support one another’s efforts to reverse the causes of manmade extinction and to save as many species as possible.
Our wildest hope is that the magazine’s reach will extend far beyond our dedicated community and become a call to action for many others to become advocates for nature.
Share the Hope,
Kathryn Arnold, WH Story Curator
Photo by Holly Wilmeth