Have you heard the news? Lightspeed Founder & CEO Dax Dasilva has officially launched Age Of Union, a visionary non-profit that will fund critical conservation actions around the world, with a pledge of $40 million! Following the success of Dasilva’s 2019 book release, Age of Union, a guide to inspire today’s changemakers, Dasilva created the alliance to bring together conservationists from around the world and inspire high-impact change.
Age of Union launched five major conservation projects with partners Nature’s Conservancy of Canada (Quebec, Canada), Jungle Keepers (Peru), Canadian Ape Alliance (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kalaweit (Indonesia) and KANPE (Haiti). The conservation projects focus on protecting endangered species, preserving important ecosystems and freshwater reserves, and restoring others through reforestation or agroforestry.
As part of its call to action, Age of Union is producing short documentaries on select projects. Last week saw the premiere of the first film, “We are the St. Lawrence”, produced in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada on October 26th in Montreal at the Ritz Carlton, and October 28th in Toronto at Clio.
“The St. Lawrence River watershed holds 20 percent of the globe’s freshwater reserve, and its estuary is one of the world’s largest and most biodiverse. Sadly, humans have taken this for granted,” says Dasilva. “We dump our waste here and use it as a superhighway for cargo ships when it is also home to wildlife like whales, sturgeons, birds, and much more. We hope with our support of Nature Conservancy of Canada, preservation efforts, and this film, we are able to foster a community of support and respect for these great waters.”
Age of Union and NCC were also joined at the events by Jungle Keepers, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, for a thought provoking panel discussion on the importance of protecting our environment.
This is such an inspiring and incredible initiative, and we at NKPR are proud to continue to see Dax and his team taking positive action with Age of Union. Visit https://www.ageofunion.com/ to learn more.
Montreal premiere photos by: MOEtreal
Toronto premiere photos by: George Pimentel