Trump's Border Wall Will Do 'Irreparable Harm'
The Center for Biological Diversity joined the Borderlands Project and other organizations Tuesday in launching Embattled Borderlands, a new story map project that details the various places, people and wildlife put in harm's way by border walls and militarization. The immersive web platform combines a decade of photo documentation and scientific data to highlight a region at the crossroads of destructive border security policies.
"The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are breathtakingly beautiful, richly diverse and highly threatened by walls and militarization," said Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. "Many people don't understand how special this region is or the destructive disaster that Trump's proposals would cause. The Embattled Borderlands project will help change that."
The interactive resource weaves together cutting-edge mapping by the Environmental Systems Research Institute, compelling narrative and stunning professional photography by the International League of Conservation Photographers to create a vivid portrait of a place at the center of one of our nation's biggest conflicts.
"Thousands of species contribute to a complex web of life in the borderlands, many of which—such as jaguar and ocelot—are found nowhere else in the United States," said Serraglio. "The border region is fragile and vulnerable and Trump's wall would do irreparable harm."
"The borderlands are a melting pot of life and cultures, full of spectacular beauty and diversity," said Serraglio. "It would be a tragic mistake and a monumental injustice to sacrifice this unique landscape and the life it harbors for Trump's cynical, unnecessary border security folly."
The move comes after regional authorities declared a state of emergency over the weekend after sightings of more than 50 bears in the town of Belushya Guba since December.
This year's letter from Bill and Melinda Gates focused on nine things that surprised them. For the Microsoft-cofounder, one thing he was surprised to learn was the massive amount of new buildings the planet should expect in the coming decades due to urban population growth.
"The number of buildings in the world is going to double by 2060. It's like we're going to build a new New York City every month for the next 40 years," he said.