There’s a very great danger to rainforests and consequently to all our wellbeing. We all need rainforests in good conditions in order for every one of us to survive and thrive and be well.
Rainforest Rescue report that business groups and politicians want to meet to discuss worldwide demand for energy and raw materials. These groups want to boost economic growth with a new “bioeconomy”.
The idea is that vast amounts of land will produce wood and other agricultural goods.
Rainforest Rescue says:
Burning our forests in power plants and setting up huge industrial plantations to grow biomass for supposedly renewable energy and bioplastics is anything but clean or green.
These plants threaten natural ecosystems, the global climate, human health and human rights. One example is the Brazilian “Biofuture Platform”. This is a Brazilian initiative supported by 20 countries.
Personally, I think far too many business leaders and politicians around the world have lost touch with nature to such an extent that they think it’s now a “nice to have” thing, or something which isn’t relevant to them and doesn’t apply to them. Their arrogance is breathtaking.
Look after the earth and the earth will look after us.
I don't think we are looking after the earth and she is rapidly coming to a point where will she cannot look after us because she isn’t in good health herself. And that’s our fault.
Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Conservation - Get involved and join in
It’s very motivating to browse the internet and come across something which really strikes into your heart.
The sort of thing I’m thinking of spurs you to take action – not just to want to take action, but to actually do it.
How often do we come away having read something, thinking," That’s terrible," and then go on as if we had read nothing or not been affected at all?
The key to successful wildlife conservation is to moving people literally to take action, to do something, in whatever way we all can, to do something to save this wildlife on this planet and most particularly, to save and protect their habitats.
Number of actions for wildlife...
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
is better than
no action at all
The good thing about taking one action is that we tend to feel good about doing it. And often we may think, "That was easy! What else can I do?" Sometimes it’s just the getting started and doing something however little time it takes.
The one thing wildlife cannot afford at all is for us all to sit at the zero action position.
We need a total army of people who will move from the zero point to doing stuff. And if each of us already do stuff, we need to do more.
E.O.Wilson is a scientist. In his book Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life , (which inspires us to set aside half of the earth’s surface for nature), Mr Wilson writes:
“To those who are steering the growth of reserves worldwide, let me make an earnest request: don’t stop, just aim a lot higher.”
We all need to act for the sake of wildlife and this beautiful planet of ours.
Please take an action to help wildlife today. One way is to support those already working to grow and protect reserves around the world or protecting the wildlife already there.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have come up with a great initiative, asking people to Pledge a Patch for wildlife.
Although they are asking people in Worcestershire to do this, I thought, what a brilliant idea - and so I wanted to let everyone know about it in the hope more people would follow suit wherever they are and pledge a patch for wildlife!
There are 46 Wildlife Trusts around the UK - you can find your local here.
The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th birthday and it now has 75+ nature reserves across Worcestershire. They describe them as "stepping stones in the landscape" - I love that description. And they are asking people to join the dogs so that wildlife can move through safely.
Wildlife all over the world need wildlife corridors to help them move from one place to another and these are vital to help them reach everything they need to survive and thrive.
Ideas of how you can pledge a patch are... (and no, you don't need a garden)...
- Fill a window box with nectar and pollen rich plants
- Attach a bug box to the wall of your house
- Leave a 1m by 1m square of grass longer so that daisies can grow for the bees
- Put up a nest box for birds
- Plant a pollinator patch in an area of land - businesses could easily do that
- Bring your neighbours together and ensure that hedgehogs can get from one garden to another easily
- Join up with locals to turn an unused patch of land into an areas for butterflies
- Create a small pond for frogs and toads
- Offer to manage a local verge and fill it with wild flowers - just sow wildflowers around it and don't mow it so often
So there's plenty everyone can do wherever you are. 80 peole have already signed up to the Pledge a Patch initiative and you can find out more from their website here.
In Central Mexico, the ancient forests of Sierra Gorda are being destroyed. They are home to the big cat, the hummingbird, And there’s a chance to save some of them.
They are full of Pinyon Pines, Junipers, Cedars, Sweetgums, Firs and Oaks – some of them hundreds of years old. They are home to species such as the Monarch Butterfly and the Big-footed Salamander. Jaguars, pumas, bobcats, margays, ocelots and jaguarondi live here.
But the forest is all disappearing, thanks to human activity - agriculture, cattle ranching and man-made fires. Fire has a particularly bad impact – it can take a forest years to recover from a man-made fire.
Enter the World Land Trust.
The World Land Trust is working with local, family run Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda to conserve habitat in Sierra Gorda. In the 10 years they’ve been working together, supporters of the World Land Trust have saved over 10,000 acres of these forests already.
And there’s more. Every acre the World Land Trust has protected has remained under the guardianship of its Keepers of the Wild programme, that is, wildlife rangers hired from the local community. They guard the forests and restore them to their natural state.
So how can you help?
You can get involved by – I’ll be frank – making a donation. I’ve made a donation already and it always makes me feel better and that I’ve had an influence on the world’s forests and been able to do something, rather than sit back and do nothing.
So imagine spending £25. And it goes towards saving ancient forests in Mexico. Isn’t that wild?
Where will your £25 go?
The thing is, the World Land Trust has the chance to buy and protect an area of 578 acres in Sierra Gorda. It needs all our support to ensure this forest can be saved for wildlife.
You can help and get involved by donating to the World Land Trust’s Ancient Forests Appeal.
A £25 donation will enable the Trust’s partner in Sierra Gorda to buy 1,000m² and put it under protection.
A £100 donation will protect one acre.
This is a very easy way to get involved and do something quickly for wildlife. And to feel as though you’ve made a difference.