The Tangency Foundation is dedicated to the lasting health and wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems, while restoring balance to threatened habitats and communities. With public education as a priority, we exist as an organization tailored to inspiring people to embrace both a socially conscious lifestyle, as well as a career in a relevant field and be a part of the future that we’re building.
We Highlight Five Focus Areas:
Wildland & Marine Conservation
For the Protection of Plants, Animals, and Environmental-Systems
Animals & Plants
There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. This is up from 16,118 last year. This includes both endangered animals and endangered plants.
The species endangered include one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy of extinction. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction.
The current rate of extinction appears to be hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of times higher than the background rate. It is difficult to be precise because most of the endangered species which are becoming disappearing species have never been identified by scientists.
For the Protection and Continuing Health of Ecosystems' Biodiversity & Indigeno-Cultural Sanctity
Health habits to conserve healthy habitats
There are already many locales threatened by the effects of exacerbated global warming - like Polynesian Nation-States. Rising sea level are eating away at shoreline, putting great pressure on the ecosystem, and bringing forth a plethora of financial issues for the Developing Countries to tackle.
Other ecosystems around the world are also being threatened - some more directly. The resource-extraction industry is linked to a considerable amount of the biodiversity loss and environmental degradation of the Amazon River Basin. This not only inflicts its toll on the animal and plant populations, but on the Indigenous cultures that call these forests home.
Examining the Social Policy Governing Interactions with Indigenous Peoples, Business Impacts on Indigenous Cultures, and Our Personal Impacts on their Livelihoods
indigenous issues Are our issues
A vast many of us don't realize our effects on people sometimes thousands and thousands of miles away - and how could we? The mainstream media does a rather poor job of covering news on the issues that Indigenous Peoples face. As a result, many of us are unaware of the problems they face that we have a direct impact on - such as the recent Quinoa hype that had some unfortunate, unexpected effects on quite a few South American First Nations.
That being said, indigenous peoples around the world are seeing some great strides in improvements to their livelihoods - such as the recent recognition by the Canadian Government of the Sinixt First Nation, or the recent developments in the Dakota Access and Sabal Trail pipelines in the United States.
There are still a plethora of harmful consequences our actions have had on these people though, as our banking and financial services industries rely heavily on investments in companies whose industry has toxic effects on the local ecosystems. Some of those companies even go to great lengths - illegal lengths - to make their profit, with evidence of murder, extortion, and kidnapping.
Through the use of sociably-conscious, socially-aware boycotts, letters to corporate heads en-masse, awareness campaigns, and more (thanks to groups like AmazonWatch for preparing the templates), we stand a chance at reducing our individual impacts on First Nations, and making this world a better place!
Empowering Students to Pursue STEM-Careers, to Develop and Discover Technologies and Practices that Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
With a sizable population of climate change deniers, even in spite of near consensus amongst the scientific community, it's up to future researchers and educators to help develop and implement new technologies, such as advancements in solar cell efficiency, development of fusion-reaction reactors, and more!
A century ago, the entire planet had not been mapped within 50% of the accuracy and range that today's technology has allowed. A century go, humanity dreamed of exploration into the unknown, exploration into the dense, daring jungles, or the mysterious depths of the oceans. Today, it may seem as though the opportunity to explore has left us - but that's far from it! Populating other planets, like Mars, seem to many scientists a feasible possibility in the future, but it will be up to Environmental Scientists to ensure that we can support manmade, encapsulated ecosystems - and to make sure we leave the earth the same way we found it!
Beauty in Nature
In order to develop the research base we need, we must develop an appreciation for what we are trying to preserve. There is no better way to appreciate nature than to see the beauty of math and science arise naturally in the wild.
A perfect world
STEM is an important aspect of the environment; from an appreciation of the scientific beauty of nature to an understanding of the sciences that can help propound its beauty for generation's to come. Sustainability, overpopulation, climate change, are all real problems, but in order to have the power to curb our affect on the planet, we must have researchers who are passionate about it.
Nature is filled with mathematical curios, such as Fibonacci sprials in nautilus shells and on pinecones and pineapples. The development of various forms of sensation amongst different clades of animals, the evolution of the planet and of its inhabitants, the mysteries that lie at the bottom of the ocean or deep within the void of subteranean caves - all of this serves to wet mankind's appetite for scientific understanding.