What We're Reading: February 2018

February's latest and greatest reads on environmental conservation, global health, and everything in between.

1. "Peru Moves to Protect 'One of the Last Great Intact Forests" by JoAnna Klein at The New York Times

Suggested by Board Member, Melanie Webster, "This article gives me hope for our troubled planet. It describes how the Peruvian government, conservation organizations, and indigenous people worked together to preserve an important wilderness area in the Amazon rainforest from development and destruction. Check out the amazing pictures of some of the unique animal species found within the new Yaguas National Park!"


2. WATCH: "Uneven access to health care in Indonesia" by Elizabeth Pisani

Suggested by Founder, Dr. Kinari Webb, "This video demonstrates so clearly how much most Indonesians do not have access to care at all — let alone good quality health care. We are glad that we can help in a small way."


3. "Why Chinese demand for 'red ivory' dooms helmeted hornbill bird to extinction unless poaching can be stopped" by Sarah Lazarus at South China Morning Post

Suggested by former Board member and supporter, Darin Collins, "The lowland rainforests of Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia are home to the helmeted hornbill. This bird is being killed to supply the demand for “red ivory” carvings that are illegally sold inside and outside of Indonesia. This “red ivory” comes from the hornbill beak. Indonesian conservationist and hornbill researcher, Yokyok Hadiprakarsa, launched an investigation in 2013 that showed the extent of this trade amounted to 6,000 helmeted hornbills being killed for their beaks in West Kalimantan. The Supadio Airport, in Pontianak, West Kalimantan is known to be a major transit point for trafficked wildlife to other parts of Asia. Traditional people in Borneo used the material to create ornaments such as ear pendants and toggles, but this international trade between Borneo and other parts of Asia is not sustainable when the rich want hel­met­ed hornbill beaded bracelets and necklaces as fashion. We can only hope that Hadiprakarsa and others can bring more international attention to saving the helmeted hornbill, and other species, such as the  orangutan, before they are gone forever."


4. WATCH: Board member Courtney Howard gives "Healthy Planet, Healthy People" talk at TEDxMontrealWomen


About Darya Minovi | View all posts by Darya Minovi

Darya is the Communications and Outreach Manager at Health In Harmony, based in Portland, OR. After studying Public Health and Environmental Policy at the College of William and Mary, Darya knew she wanted to dedicate her career to protecting human and environmental health. When she's not at work, you can find Darya enjoying the great outdoors, exploring Portland's farmers markets, or watching live music.