Universeum, Sweden’s national science center, is the first official member from Sweden and the first science center in the world to join the Global Coalition “United for #Biodiversity”, a communication campaign aiming to join forces and boost public awareness about the ongoing nature crisis.
On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day 2020, European Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevicius launched a new global coalition for biodiversity. With the communication campaign United for #Biodiversity, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity, at a time science warns us one million species are at risk of extinction. In this important work, Universeum will join forces with national parks, aquariums, botanic gardens, zoos, science and natural history museums and research centers all around the world to sound the alarm about the nature crisis; the global loss in biodiversity (species and ecosystems).
Today, the first day of the EU Green Week focusing on nature and biodiversity, Universeum adds its voice to the 16 international organisations and 11 institutions, including Oceanographic Institute of Monaco, Central Park Zoo and Natural History Museum of Porto, that have already endorsed the Pledge of the Coalition. The Coalition aims at gathering 500 institutions at the end of 2020. Together with the partners in the Global Coalition, Universeum will join the movement ahead of the crucial UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in 2021.
Universeum, as a science center, works actively, on a broad front to increase knowledge and awareness of biodiversity among the general public and schools. The unique combination of exhibitions, labs and environments with animals and plants, together with an extensive set of program activities, creates a knowledge-promoting, interdisciplinary experience for learning in natural science and forms a basis for discussions about sustainability. We are also involved in several zoological conservation programs aiming to save endangered species. The conservation work is coordinated by the Swedish Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria and European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Universeum is already a partner of Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (GGBC) and collaborates with Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm university (SRC). Now, as a member of the Global Coalition United for #Biodiversity, the science center is strengthening its capacity to work for the conservation of biodiversity at all levels: locally, nationally and globally.