- Protect the Earth’s ecosystems through biodiversity and climate change programs
- Promote science-based environmental and conservation education
Protecting the Brazilian Amazon
In the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous territories suffer from illegal encroachment from loggers. Last year, Brazil adopted a national policy to strengthen indigenous peoples’ control of their lands and direct millions of dollars to needed sustainable development and conservation projects. 3M provided a $500,000 gift to The Nature Conservancy to support implementation of the Indigenous Territories Environmental Management Policy, which will help to address indigenous peoples’ rights, as well as protect pristine habitat in the Brazilian Amazon.
Tangible Impact: Linicia Tikuna studied environmental management, Indigenous rights, and policy at the Amazon Indigenous Training Center, which The Nature Conservancy helped establish. She knew the seeds used to produce her people’s sacred ornaments were disappearing. After graduation, she established a tree nursery in her village to produce the seeds.
3Mgives Eco Grant to Keystone Heritage Park in El Paso, Texas
El Paso Times article (partially reprinted):
As it sits now, the Keystone Heritage Park is a quaint Upper Valley park with walking paths providing a view of hundreds of species of birds in the wetlands. With the help of a $43,700 3Mgives Eco Grant, Keystone plans to build a 17-acre section called the Chihuahuan Desert Experience. "The program is about science, engineering and the environment and tying them all together," said Joe Potocnik, the site operations manager for 3M in Juarez. "Children are our future leaders. They are the ones who are the next generation who can carry on the legacy of environmental stewardship."
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2012 Environment Grants (pdf, 46KB)