Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems. Biodiversity is the foundation of ecosystem services to which human well-being is intimately linked
One of the Free Spirit’s missions is to protect the endangered species all over the world. We are convinced that human, nature and biodiversity are connected and inter-related. More than 27,000 species are threatened with extinction : That is more than 27% of all assessed species. 40% of amphibians, 25% of mammals, 14% of birds, 31% of sharks and rays.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 13,000 experts.
The red list
Established in 1964, The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.
The Free Spirit created the ‘Inaudible Voices’ project which is a wildlife conservation public awareness campaign. Throught an artistic approach, we bring attention to the threatened emblematic species. We aim to change people’s behaviour, those kind of behaviours that have a negative impact on biodiversity. We believe in creating a visually unique campaign, we can help educate the younger generation and attract people to the cause.
We believe art is an essential communication tool in halting the destruction of threatened species and we intend to do our part, by reconnecting people with the beauty and vulnerability emblematic species.
In collaboration with very talented artists, such as the painter Sandrot (animal lover), we capture people’s attention on lions, rhinos, sharks, gorillas and several animals that might disappear in the next decades.
We organise painting exhibition (indoor and outdoor). Sandrot makes a donation of 50% of the revenue for each painting sold during our exhibitions.
100% of that revenue is used to support our cause, develop our campaign and support financially local organizations protecting wildlife in France, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Thailand.