Conservation International and Disney have worked together for nearly two decades with the shared mission to protect nature for the benefit of both people and the planet.
Our work with Disney reflects the Company’s leadership in addressing its energy and climate goals, including reducing its carbon emission and slowing deforestation for the benefit of wildlife, communities and future generations.
Our organizations have collaborated on many initiatives over the years, beginning in the 1990s to help shape the conservation programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and continuing today with key inputs into the Company’s comprehensive long-term environmental strategy. As part of Disney’s commitment to address emissions and combat climate change, the Company has invested over US$10 million in CI’s forest conservation REDD+ projects in the Alto Mayo region of Peru and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This effort is the largest commitment to CI by a single corporation to such projects to date.
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CI recently announced that the Alto Mayo project has generated close to 3 million tons of emissions reductions between 2009 and 2012 — the equivalent of taking about 500,000 cars off the road. The project includes a series of workshops for youth from the Alto Mayo’s buffer zone aimed at providing the skills and information that will empower them to educate their communities on the importance of protecting their natural home.
In addition to its work to preserve and restore nature, Disney is helping kids develop lifelong conservation values. The Company brings the magic of the natural world to families through entertaining storytelling such as Disneynature films, experiences in places like Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which reflects the Company’s dedication to wildlife, and engaging programs that inspire conservation action. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has also supported several CI conservation projects around the world.
In 2012, Disney donated $50,000 to CI’s freshwater conservation programs as part of a campaign linked to Disney’s mobile game "Where's My Water?" Tied to the launch of the free version of the game, players helped Swampy the Alligator get enough water to take a bath and collected rubber ducks in the game to show their support for water conservation. The Every Duck Counts campaign also featured freshwater facts, water saving action items and information on CI’s freshwater projects.
Disney is also a member of CI's Business & Sustainability Council – a community of companies committed to leveraging their business experience and resources to protect nature for the benefit of humanity.
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More information on Disney's environmental and conservation efforts is available online.