From Vietnam to Morocco, facilitating the daily life of families

While official policies can bring about widespread change, the ideas of those acting alone can spread and inspire others, especially when given time to work, such as a 10-year effort that led to the tagging of 800 sharks in the South Pacific. Atlantic Ocean.

1. Argentina

Anglers who used to kill sharks now help to conserve them. In San Blas Bay – the heart of Argentina’s sport fishing – catching and killing a shark was a source of pride, despite the decline in shark populations, including critically endangered species. Now, thanks to a project known as Conserving Sharks in Argentina, some 150 anglers are tagging sharks with identification devices and releasing them back into the ocean, providing researchers with useful information to help design conservation strategies.

Why we wrote this

Governments and large institutions have the power to make major changes for people that individuals cannot achieve alone. In Morocco, increasing parental leave for fathers is a recognition of the shared responsibility for children. And in Vietnam, an evaluation of ten years of poverty in the whole society shows.

The effort is proof that everyone can make a difference when it comes to conservation. Angler David Dau was not a biologist but started the project 10 years ago after realizing the damage he and others were doing. He spread his message far and wide, wrote magazine articles, lectured at fishing clubs, and made TV appearances. The approach has not caught on in neighboring countries, but Mr Dau says he sees change taking place. “Today the trophy shows the video of the release instead of the shark hanging on a hook.”

2. United States

A sign marks the Old Burying Ground in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Harvard’s leaders and some of those who enslaved them are buried.

Harvard University has pledged $100 million to address its historic complicity in slavery. The move follows an in-depth report on how slavery has shaped and benefited the institution, from the enslaved people who worked on campus to the university’s wealth that came directly or indirectly from the plantation industry. . The funds will be used to implement the report’s recommendations, including expanding educational opportunities for descendants of enslaved people and creating partnerships with historically black colleges and universities.

Harvard is one of many institutions that have benefited from the history of slavery. “While Harvard does not bear sole responsibility for these injustices, and while many members of our community have worked hard to counter them, Harvard has benefited from practices that were deeply immoral and in some ways perpetuated,” said university president. Lawrence Bacow.