POSITIVE NEWS - What went right this week: a ‘Magna Carta’ for Earth, rewilding jobs and more positive news
The Prince of Wales launched an ‘Earth charter’ for firms
Most people are familiar with the Magna Carta, the historic tome that laid the foundations for human rights. Now there’s the Terra Carta – or ‘Earth charter’ – which seeks to safeguard the planet by putting sustainability at the heart of the private sector.
As he unveiled the initiative this week, the Prince of Wales called on firms to sign up to the Terra Carta, which offers a roadmap for businesses to become more sustainable. The charter was launched alongside a fund run by the Natural Capital Investment Alliance, which aims to direct $10bn (£7.3bn) towards safeguarding nature by 2022.
“The Terra Carta offers the basis of a recovery plan that puts nature, people and planet at the heart of global value creation – one that will harness the precious, irreplaceable power of nature combined with the transformative innovation and resources of the private sector,” said the Prince of Wales.
Two unusual rewilding vacancies opened up
Vacancy: bison ranger, apply within. It’s hardly a role that comes around often – or ever before in the case of the UK, which for the first time is recruiting two bison handlers to oversee one of the country’s most exciting rewilding initiatives.
Successful applicants will work in Blean Woods, Kent, where they will monitor the wellbeing of reintroduced bison, due to arrive in spring 2022. The project is being led by Kent Wildlife Trust and the Wildwood Trust, which hope the animals will re-engineer the woods, making way for butterflies, birds and other species.
“While we are not expecting applicants to have significant experience with bison, this will be a demanding role requiring excellent ecological knowledge, deep understanding of animal behaviour and a passion to tell others about these incredible animals,” said Stan Smith of the Kent Wildlife Trust.
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