Target: Larry Page, CEO of Google.
Goal: Commend Google for donating $5 million to the World Wildlife Fund for state-of-the-art technology to increase the detection and prevention of poaching in Asia and Africa.
Google recently donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for new and advanced technology, including remote aerial survey systems, wildlife tagging tech, and additional ranger patrolling. The new technology will help to solve the recent increase of poaching of endangered species—specifically elephants, rhinos, and tigers—in Asia and Africa. These endangered species have been illegally hunted for centuries; however, incidents have dramatically increased just in the last year. In 2007, 13 rhinos were killed illegally in Africa, while during last year alone, 488 were killed. An increased demand for wildlife has created an increase in poaching; the low risks and high profits associated with poaching have produced an illegal trade worth $7-10 billion a year.
This data shows the desperate need for action. The WWF already operates unmanned aerial surveillance, which observes rhinos and tigers in Nepal. However with the generous funds from Google, the WWF will be able to strengthen security in Asia and Africa by developing and improving the aircraft. The aircraft will monitor endangered species through smart radio tags and take pictures of poachers. Funding will also go towards adding more park rangers to catch and track down poachers, as well as the development of specialized software and sensors that will help record where poachers may strike next.
Google’s donation to the WWF is a result of their new program, the “Global Impact Awards.” As a part of the new program, Google has donated $23 million to seven various organizations—including WWF—that are using technology and inventive methods to tackle tough human challenges. By donating to the WWF, Google has taken a huge step towards the end of wildlife crime and the loss of innocent animals. Sign the petition and applaud Google for their generous donation to save endangered species.
Dear Mr. Page,
I would like to sincerely thank you for donating $5 million to the World Wildlife Fund to help stop the poaching of endangered species.
Google’s new Global Impact Awards initiative has donated $23 million to various organizations, helping to develop new and advanced technology to tackle tough human challenges. With this generous donation, the WWF will be able to strengthen security against wildlife crimes in Asia and Africa. Funding will help the WWF develop and improve remote aerial survey systems, create new wildlife tagging tech, and put in additional ranger patrolling to catch and track down poachers.
In the last year there has been a dramatic increase in poaching in Africa and Asia. This increase in the demand for wildlife has created an increase in poaching. The low risks and high profits associated with poaching have produced an illegal trade worth $7-10 billion a year. With your donation, the WWF can implement more security to detect and prevent poaching.
By donating to the WWF, Google has helped the organization tremendously in the fight against wildlife crime. Thank you for helping to end the poaching of endangered species.
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