LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS
Dear PECDC Friends,
At PECDC Group, we have always considered ourselves and everyone associated with us as one family. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this sense of community is more important and meaningful than ever. I know this is a difficult time for all of us. We worry for our families and loved ones, both near and far.
At the same time, my colleagues and I are thinking of you and your loved ones and are deeply appreciative of the trust you have placed in us. There is some comfort in knowing that we are going through this together—and that we are all doing the best we can. It touches my heart the way people are pulling together to help others in need, finding new ways of staying connected, and caring for themselves and their families under difficult circumstances.
PECDC’s mission has never seemed more important: To protect the environment so that our communities and the planet thrive together. We know that the significant and unrelenting challenges facing the environment will not stop due to this pandemic, and some may accelerate— and we will continue our work with focus and vigor to deliver on the promises that so many have helped support.
These unsettling days are also a wake-up call, a firm reminder that our world is connected and that human well-being is inextricably linked to biodiversity and the health of our planet — whether it's climate change, forest fires, emergent tropical diseases, pandemics, loss of freshwater, etc. — and protecting the environment is really about saving ourselves. The events of the past few weeks have only strengthened my deep appreciation for why our work to safeguard the environment is so important.
You are a key part of the PECDC family, so I want to let you know what we are doing to take care of each other, stay focused on our mission, and help slow the spread of this virus. We continue to follow local health and safety precautions, erring on the side of caution in the face of ambiguity or conflicting guidance. This includes cancelling travel, in-person meetings and other group events, closing all of our offices, and exploring new ways to keep our on-the-ground work moving ahead while keeping our teams and our communities safe.
Now is the time to take a deep breath, center ourselves and recommit to our mission to protect the environment for our communities. From there, as always, our work continues. We are a family of passionate, dedicated people who care deeply about one another and about our planet.
Thank you for your commitment to our mission during this challenging time.
Serigne Diouf, President