Posts Tagged With: Making a difference

Everyone Can Do Something

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Tell people what is happening.  Right now as we drink our coffee, watch tv, drive to work-our rhino are being slaughtered.
Spread the news:

  • rhino are poached for their horn because it is highly desired in Asian communities
  • many in Asia believe the horn cures medical ailments; which is NOT true
  • there are only 22,000 rhino left in Africa
  • Every day 3 rhino are killed
  • they usually suffer a long, painful death and poachers leave the babies orphaned
  • this is devastating to people as well, since it threatens tourism, and the poaching money funds terrorist and criminal groups.

Sign petitions:

*Support Anti-Poaching efforts in for rhinos

*Support Funding for Anti-Poaching education

*Say No to CITES lifting the ban on rhino horn trade

*Save the Rhinos

Make Donations:

Any of the links on the left side of my blog are reputable charities who do great things for the rhino. Whether it’s geared toward anit-poaching tactics, helping the orphans survive or educating people on poaching and the medicinal myth of the horn, they all appreciate any amount you can mange.

Volunteer

For those of you fortunate enough to have the financial means, there are many reserves and sanctuaries who welcome volunteers to work with them on conservation efforts, rehabilitation and research.  Here are a couple: Enkosini Eco Experience   or    Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit

“Never doubt that a small group  of  thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has .” -Margaret Mead

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Most Influential Blogger

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My sincere thanks to Gator Woman of  Walking With the Alligators for nominating me for this award.

Walking With the Alligators is a wonderful blog on my favorite topic: Endangered animals. She does a thorough job not only discussing the species, but giving useful information on how to help – something each one of us can do in one way or another. Whether it be something as simple as recycling, educating each other on animal news, or getting involved through volunteer work-we CAN all make a difference.

In each and every post I do, I hope somehow I AM making a difference. We cannot always see the ripples in the pond we make, but must have faith that they’re there.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Thank you for reading and following.

1-If you could create your planet what would it look like?
Our planet would have a plethora of trees, untainted oceans and rivers, far less humans, and completely peaceful human to animal contact. Of course there would be plenty of rhinos as well 😉

2-If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?
Kenya-hands down-although that dream is coming true within a few months.

3-Have you ever taken a long distance train trip?
Unfortunately not.

4-What is something you would collectively change about humanity?
Apathy

5-What is your favorite song?
I love R&B and my “favorite” is always changing. My current is probably “Thinkin About You” by Frank Ocean.

6-If you could meet one person who is still alive who would you choose to meet?
Jane Goodall or almost anyone who means so much to the conservation of animal species.

7-If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why?
A rhino (for obvious reasons)

My nominee for this award is:

Animal Post http://michaeleltonmcleod.com/

Here are the Rules:

1-Display the award logo on your blog.

2-Link back to the person who nominated you.

3-Answer 7 questions.

4-Nominate ( no limit of nominations ) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

5-Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

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Happy Earth Day

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead
peacceful night

Happy Earth Day friends!
Never give up helping our world, you DO make a difference.

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Why Should I Care?

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve experienced in my calling to bring awareness to the crisis of rhino poaching is apathy. Often I hear “Why should I care?” There are other things happening in the world-cancer, rape, poverty…the rhino is “just an animal”.

My answer is this: firstly yes, the world is riddled with problems. Everyone carries their own passion for something. One person may wage the war on poverty, while another aims to bring attention to breast cancer. That does NOT mean they don’t care about anything else, just that they have a specific concern that’s close to their hearts. Mine is obviously rhinos.2 rhinos long horn

Secondly there are a multitude of reasons for everyone to care about rhinos; it goes much deeper than “just an animal”.

1. The Rhino is considered an Umbrella Species. This means if you take them out of the picture it will heavily affect the integrity of ecosystems and the survival of other species.

2. People will not stop with Rhino. If they become extinct, the poaching will not end, it will simply carry over to a “replacement” species. The Asian market is the biggest threat to rhino due to the myths of the horn curing ailments, this belief already carries over to using other animals as well , they would simply turn to more of that. The decimation of other species would be imminent.

3. The poaching and demand for horn and ivory is linked to terrorism and drug activity.  The groups “sponsoring” and profiting from the horn are using it to fund their organizations, which are terrorist groups and drug cartels.

4. People affected by the poaching crisis are being murdered, not “just the animals”. The rangers are being killed, the poachers are being killed. Now this insatiable demand has even prompted individuals to attempt to steal horns from museums and zoos, which are putting employees at these places in danger as well.

5. The Rhino is an economic value to the people of Africa. Just as some people unfortunately find a dollar value to the death of the creature, the people of Africa can benefit from the life of them through the tourism industry. The safaris are marketed to people wanting to see the “Big 5”, of which the Rhino is one of.

6. It is our personal responsibility to future generations to care for our planet. It is very possible the next generation may not ever see a rhino, except in a book. The same reasons we should care about pollution, recycling, environment preservation…

So kudos to each of you who wage your own war; “Endelea Kupigana” (Swahili for Keep Fighting)! Mine is rhinos, and until there is a universal understanding of the importance of saving the rhino, I will persevere.

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