Conservation issues are the result of human impact, therefore without people, conservation wouldn't exist. People are the heart of conservation. Conservation is about finding solutions to problems that are caused by human attitudes and behaviours. If what we're doing is the problem, then we hold the keys to the solutions. Conservation is also about compromise,… Continue reading The Heart of Conservation
Of the 75,000 species assessed by the IUCN Red List (by end 2014), 20,000 species have been listed as threatened (classed as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered) The 2014 Living Planet Index tracks trends of over 3000 species of vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish). Between 1972 and 2010, the populations have decreased by… Continue reading Important Statistics for Conservation
It breaks my heart to think that we have to triage species to save. The video lesson from the Introduction to Conservation Course said that we have to decide which ones to save because "conservation operates under limited resources". There are not enough resources to save all the species. I cannot help but wonder whether… Continue reading Choosing What to Conserve
Climate change means that some species of animals, even iconic ones like the polar bear, are going to become extinct. It also means that certain plant species are going to disappear. This is because the change in climate makes their habitats unable able to support them and unlike humans, they can't just hop on a… Continue reading What Climate Change Means to Me
The natural world is essential for our survival. Nature provides us with air, water, food and medicine which is what we need to survive. However, the reason why we have been lax in protecting her is because we have become disconnected from nature and have stopped thinking about where out air, food, water and medicine… Continue reading What is conservation?
"What's my life purpose?" This question has plagued me for the longest time. Like, really really plagued me... I've read books, journaled for hours, done all sorts of personality tests, attended countless courses for different things and listened to numerous podcasts of different "experts" to try and answer that one question. And one morning this… Continue reading Embarking on a conservation journey