As today is Russian tiger day I would like to share some thoughts on conservation.
There are lots of people all over the world doing their bit to save our world, our home. But its going to take EVERYONE working together if we are to succeed. There are little things that can be worked into everyday life that can make a big difference if we all do it. Just the same as not doing them is having a detrimental effect. Things like power saving, water saving, not littering, recycling and so on. [Previous blog on littering]
Everyone has their own thoughts on what’s most important and what conservation means to them. But I think we can all agree that the world would be a lesser place without it’s animals and green spaces.
If we don’t want our worlds ecology to be terminally injured we all need to act now.
If you haven’t seen it try to watch Chris Packhams’ Secrets of our Living Planet. You will be amazed how delicate and intricate ecosystems are. Species that are seemingly disparate, rely on each other for survival (Why does a wolf need an ant?). If just one species, not matter how small, is wiped out a whole ecosystem could be irreparably damaged.
BBC Secrets of our Living Planet
Chris Packham.com Secrets of Our Living Planet info
Maybe Chris says it better – this quote is from his website:
Having watched Secrets of our Living Planet I want people to shift their appreciation of life up a gear, to reach another plane in terms of understanding its complexity, its fragility and its almost unbelievable beauty.
Many people like animals: some love them, some obsess about them. But generally, in isolation, they like tigers or otters or snails. What I want is to join everything up, to show that – as incredible as it may sound – there are real connections between these and, indeed, all things; and that without these relationships none could survive.
Understanding nature is not about knowing why birds sing, why bees buzz or why fish swirl in silvery shoals. It’s about being able to see the bigger picture, being able to see how all life is connected and, by unravelling the stories that link species, it’s also about developing a deeper more profound appreciation of life.
I guess the purpose of this post is to inspire action. Choose some little things you can work into your daily life. Choose a bigger action like volunteering if you can spare some time – this can also be a great opportunity to learn new skills and add to your CV. Or donate if you can.
Nature is very important for so many reasons but to make it personal – humans need it for so many things such as food, oxygen, spaces to relax and unwind… I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t escape for a walk in the woods!
Please ask yourself what you can do. Can you give time, money, share the word…? choose a conservation charity* that means something to you and see what they need, what opportunities do they offer..
Please help. Everyone can do something. Help save life on Earth.
Do it for yourself! It’s a good feeling to know you’re doing something to help save our planet for yourself and future generations. You’ll benefit from it financially too if you save power and water.
At this point if you’re wondering what I do (except blog about it) I do the following:
- Donate monthly to 7 charities
- Blog, tweet, share – generally spread the word about conservation
- Donate to appeals
- I’ve started volunteering – most recently I participated in the RSPB’s Together for Trees bucket collection in costume
- I NEVER litter
- My family and I recycle everything we can and are big on power and water saving
- We have some solar panels that power some of our lights
- I’ve visited the Wildlife Heritage Foundation and spent money there on art and I’ve donated too
- I’m trying to make our garden a wildlife garden to help birds, bees, butterflies and insects
- I help charities with surveys – most recently noting the location on swifts
- I print to pdf not paper and I don’t send Christmas cards to people I will be seeing anyway – I can say Merry Christmas face to face.
- I take photos. Sharing images can sometimes help raise awareness
- I try and inspire those around me to get involved.. though it seems hard to make people care – I don’t understand this myself
I do those things and I’m no different to anyone else. I work all day, I don’t make all that much money… I just find the time trying to make a difference.
*I also chose some charities based on their patrons – such as David Attenborough since I trust his opinion on these matters. For your information he is a patron of Flora and Fauna International and The World Land Trust (at the time of writing). The WLT has a page suggesting actions you could take here as do many other charity sites.