Aside from the breathtaking technological innovation that contributes to a better world, it seems a big step to effective conservation programs is being made. Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe presented plans to come to the largest wildlife park ever. The grand total surface area will roughly correspond to the size of Sweden. A whole range of existing wildlife parks - such as Victoria Falls - are set to be linked together to form this Goliath among wildlife parks. In order to protect Rhino and Elephant migration routes. The local inhabitants that fall within these plans agreed to be a part of this by helping conservation and in return, generating income by tourism.
Of course this looks a promising step toward better protection and more viable nature conservation. The real question is, why do we need to confine these animals to parks. We claim more space everywhere. We, humans, are addicted to it, soil, building plots, expansion. We tend to claim land, sea, air and expect everything else to abide by our law. We put animals away in cages and borders, draw up lines on a map to decide where the natural world can still exist. It is in my view a good start to try and change people's outlook on the animal kingdom. Not merely as a set of ivory tusks up for grabs. Sadly, in a obsessively capitalist world, the chains of commerce spare no one, thus generating steady incomes for the people living with these animals and in these landscapes is important. Doing it while preserving this very landscape and wildlife is crucial.
Much of the poaching in the world is purely due to big bucks being made from it. Quick and easy money, it is an industry which provides a future for some, where there is little else. This is why i applaude this wildlife park. Not because of the need to confine these animals, but because it is a first step in changing the future and outlook of these people, while doing as little damage as possible to the natural environment they live with and view it as worth something to them, call it co-ownership in an informal way. It becomes their income, their interest to protect and conserve the park and everything in it.
It is a small glimmer of hope, I for one, embrace such initiatives and hope to see many more. In a world where wildlife is under threat, any development towards tying our fate and consciousness of this fate to theirs is positive one, following the logic that we do not want ourselves to perish and fail. It ties in with a broad movement that is needed to make an actual difference. Realizing that their (flora and fauna) interests, are our interests. We can not live on a planet with only one species.
As a closer, the scientific validity of these claims of course, can be called biased. True, I am biased for I want a good life for my kids, grandchildren and on, and this means only one thing, it is necessary to take good care of our planet. Of course as an aspiring Social science (more precisely public administration) Alumnus, I shiver at the lack of source material used, but this serves more as a personal trail of thought, thus needs no extensive sources and research. I tap into the source that is my memory. Naturally, it is free to judge whether this holds any truth.
As for now, I will end with a quote that, I think, justifies this. From Plato, the father of all Philosophy who said : Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
I know I have not written in this blogs for months, but I do have a good reason for it. The last blog entry was just before I went to Singapore; when I came back from Singapore I had exams and right after my exams I shot off to Australia (where I still currently am). So to the few people that Google analytics says do read my blog I am truly truly sorry and please do bear with me. I will try and write more often in this blog from now on.
Anyway the reason why I decided to write a post was because I have been looking into eco-friendly cosmetics some more after that entry about Body Shop’s Body lovers range. I came across a video about the topic that really got me thinking. Unfortunately it is an American video so I think some of the things that the lady addresses may not be correct in the UK but broadly speaking we do have the same issues.
I am getting older and want to look after my skin and body in the best way that I can so I can live a long and healthy life and sadly it would seem that the products I am using to keep the biggest organ I have healthy could be poisoning me. I am in the process of looking for affordable yet ‘good-for-you’ products and when I find some that I am using and loving/hating I will write about them for everyone.
In the meantime please watch the video below and have a think about what you are putting on your gorgeous body.
O jeez it is Earth Day! I know I should probably have written a blog post a few days ago about this topic but it really has not been on my mind! Anyway i am writing something about it today.
The Google Doodle for today is extra cute and makes the whole world aware that it is Earth Day which is fantastic as everyone can do something to keep our natural environment looking and feeling its best. In a way Earth Day has been taken over by the media and pop culture which can be seen as a problem for those hippy environmentalists; but in my opinion it is fantastic that so many media outlets are taking an active interest in Earth Day.
The only way some people learn about things or do things nowadays is if some celebrity has endorsed it or if there has been media coverage about the topic which is a sad truth we must all live with in this day and age. At the end of the day Earth Day may be in the minds of many thousands of people today but what exactly is it?
Earth Day surprisingly was founded by a US Wisconsin Senator named Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. On this first Earth Day 41 years ago 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in coast-to-coast rallies. I think that Earth Day has become even more relevant today, and everybody should do something today in honour of our natural environment. Anything large or small can make a difference to our environment. The Earth Day website has some Earth Day pledges which help secure the future of our Earth. In all honesty i would like to retire in the future in a world of beauty and would hope my children and generations after me will also be able to benefit from the wonders of our magnificent Planet.
Any ideas of what to do to live more sustainably?
I have been super busy and out of the UK for a week as I went on a mandatory trip to Singapore for some fieldwork. It was a lovely lovely lovely week away but has made my carbon footprint ridiculously huge. I am now looking for some ways to lower it as I am off to Australia in June.
Anyway this blog entry is not about that it is about my new shower gel!!
ignore the outfit please...
Switching off lights for an hour at 8.30pm is nothing really but at least it makes everyone around the world think about environmental citizenship and the impacts their actions have on our planet.
This year Earth Hour
is not only about this one hour slot but about what we can do beyond the hour.
So get to thinking, switch off your lights at 8.30pm and love earth.
I am not even going to write some long essay about water because I have already talked about it in a previous post.
But for anyone unsure about World Water Day it is just a day where the world thinks about water, how we use it, how to save it and how to make clean, fresh water available to everyone. It was established in 1992. On this day the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.
Increased urbanisation and growing populations in many developing countries cause stress to already suffering water supplies. So if you have any bright ideas for getting clean water to people or want to donate a well to someone who needs it i say go ahead and do it.For more information on the UN and water visit: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/
My printer ink ran out so I needed to get some more especially as i have assignments that are due in next week. My family do not usually buy printer ink as it is far too expensive and because i am a nuisance and told everyone to be more environmentally friendly so we get our ink refilled at a printer ink refilling shop.
I do not know the area that i go to university very well, but i did know that there was a Cartridge World
somewhere as i had seen it on my way into Hanley. So i decided to get a bus into town which i literally never do nowadays and walk the rest of the way till i found the ink shop. After walking about 10 mintues i found the ink store which was good and managed to get my 2 old ink cartridges refilled and was pressurised into buying a new cartridge which all in all only cost me only £36.70. Normally just one new cartridge costs this price so i think that was a bargain really.
I also hoped over to Morrisons a grand total of 2 times to kill time while waiting for my cartridges to be refilled (hence the title of this post having the words hike/trek in it) where i found a book by the AA called GO GREEN SAVE MONEY: Hundreds of practical tips that won't cost the earth. I will give this joyful little book a read and get back to the internet world about it. Hopefully it is an interesting and useful read.
I have neglected this blog due to uni work and other priorities. Just wanted to shout out to Japan and the Pacific Islands in their time of need. Absolutely horrendous, we need to respect nature because nature can take us all out very easily.
In my thoughts and prayers.