Actions for Animals
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Business helps wildlife
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
Thank you, Gravitas.
Please vow to make a difference today.
Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.
There’s good news in Northumberland, thanks to nature lovers.
Nature lovers there have got together to help buy and protect a tract of land there. It’s a 600 acre site called Benshaw Moor in Redesdale, with heather habitat, peatland and limestone waterfall and springs.
Birdlife at Benshaw include curlew, snipe, skylark, meadow pipit and short-eared owls.
It’s now Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s 63rd nature reserve.
Thanks to a united effort, 600 acres at
Benshaw Moor in Northumberland is safe.
The Trust was concerned that the land be used for business such as a commercial conifer forestry, or windfarm. Shooting will not be allowed there any longer.
£570,000 was raised from charitable trusts, businesses and a significant bequest. The public donated £75,000. The bequest came from the late George Swan, who wrote the Flora of Northumberland which was a record of the county’s plant species. Mr Swan specified that the bequest be used to buy a site of botanical importance.
Nature lovers will still be involved: the wildlife charity’s team and volunteers will do surveys to better understand the site to help guide its future management. Possible options include areas of native woodland, and conservation grazing, with Exmoor ponies or cattle.
It just shows what can happen if we all get involved and unite for wildlife.
Find out how you can get involved in and help the Northumberland Wildlife Trust – even if you don’t live in this beautiful area!
Get involved - volunteer, visit nature reserves, go to events etc
Support the Northumberland Wildlife Trust – donate, become a member, leave a legacy.
There are 46 Wildlife Trusts around the UK and in Alderney and the Isle of Man – find your local here
The BBC have a news report about Nike trainers turning up on beaches from the stunning Orkney Islands to the Channel Islands, from Bermuda and the Bahamas to Ireland.
It's thought that the trainers - along with a lot of other shoes and various products - toppled overboard in heavy seas.
This means that even more items are turning up on beach shores, endangering wildlife who may think they are something to eat, or who get tangled up in them.
So wouldn't be great if companies who lose items at sea in such spillages do a team day where they help clean up the planet, whether it’s a beach or the countryside?
And if there is a spillage in sea, they have to give a certain amount of their profits to marine conservation charities at the nearest point to which the spillage happened?
There’s been an interesting development in Chitwan between conservationists and the local business community.
The conservationists held an interactive programme with the business community to discuss the responsibility of all stakeholders in conserving wildlife in the area. The programme was organised by the Ratnanagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The conservationists said that conserving wildlife is vital to both save the ecosystem and help local communities enjoy economic benefits.
The Chitwan National Park is home to areas such as one-horned rhinos, tigers, elephants and others. It’s the first conservation area of the country and as such the area – especially the tourism industry – will benefit if wildlife is part of the agenda.
Tourists will come far and wide to see the animals. As well as revenue coming into the area, there will be employment opportunities for local people.
Businesses were urged to refrain from undertaking activities which could affect wildlife conservation. And information was distributed about the legal repercussions of harming, poaching and smuggling wild animals. Businesses were asked for help in raising awareness about smuggling animal parts and helping the local authorities to stop it.
Businesses were also reminded about their legal responsibilities in meeting and maintaining environmental standards so that the balance of the ecosystem would be preserved.
The business community as a whole agreed to carry out their work while taking steps to protect animals and forests.
The interaction programme was organised to enable entrepreneurs to be aware of the conservation of the environment and wildlife as they ran their businesses. About 100 entrepreneurs attended the event.
This is a terrific initiative and wouldn’t it be great if there was more collaboration between businesses and conservationists elsewhere? Well done to everyone involved :-)