Women join Rachel’s Network for all kinds of reasons: for ideas, for support, for access to leading environmental thinkers. Member Elena Marszalek joined the Network in 2015 seeking peers and mentors to help her along her journey as Director of Del Mar Global Trust. We asked Elena about her experience with the Network.
This summer, Rachel’s Network Member Ashley Stone flew into the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo with Dr. Takeshi Furuichi and Dr. Chie Hashimoto to observe wild bonobos at the Luo Scientific Reserve, the original bonobo research station started in the 1970s by Dr. Takayoshi Kano. She recounts why conservation must address local livelihoods to succeed.
In an administration that’s eviscerating public health and environmental protections, advocates and funders need to work harder and smarter and be more strategic and united than the other side. We need to continue to mobilize the broad grassroots and grasstops coalition that produced an updated toxics law in 2016, marshal our best and brightest minds, and communicate more effectively.
Del Mar Global Trust is a relatively small foundation. Although most of their grants support organizations that have a more direct association with climate change and related issues, they also support organizations like International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR that increase access to family planning. Managing Director Elena Marszalek explains why climate and reproductive rights are so connected.
The United States is widely recognized as a world leader in climate change research, but a 2014 Global Trends Survey of 20 countries revealed that the US ranked last in the percentage of the population that attributed climate change to human activity. Teachers have a unique opportunity to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists, engineers and leaders to tackle climate change, says Rachel’s Network Member Elena Marszalek.