Why Do You Fight For Wildlife? I get this question a lot both in person or emails. Some do it in a nice concerned way. And eager to join me in the fight. While some do it in a mean way.
So there was this one
Why are busy writing about wildlife suffering drought yet we have kids dying on the same?
I think this reader either didn’t read my entire article on the issue or saw as if I didn’t recognize the fact that kids too are dying from this calamity.
In that blog post, I acknowledged the fact that humans will always have someone plan a rescue mission for them. Leaving out wildlife. So yes I know and understand that people to suffer from these calamities. But we have a huge group of people fighting for us. From the humans’ rights people, humans activists, and even our neighbors. But how many are willing to give their time, resource and concern to the wildlife?
I Fight for Wildlife because I have devoted myself to be their voice
Wildlife cannot speak of themselves, yet they are encountered by almost similar challenges as we do.
And sadly, most of their troubles is as a result of human activities.
They don’t know how to fight for their rights or fight back. And when they are pushed to the limits, end up getting involved in human-wildlife conflicts.
Wildlife is an important part of our ecosystem. They give beauty to our planet. Offer job opportunities to the society. Not forgetting the memories and therapy they give to us. They have a wide range of benefits they make possible for us.
Unfortunately, we manage everything and they have no say in anything. They don’t complain about it either. And all that makes sense to them is survive. Which is becoming too difficult in our new world.
My fight for Wildlife include sensitising others about them
For a long time, most of us had the wrong or incomplete information about wildlife. We did not fully embrace them or acknowledge their importance.
In Africa, most wildlife lives within the communities. They have been co-existing with wildlife. Which have been good until when they got corrupted and introduced to poaching.
They developed ways to avoid brushing shoulders with wildlife. For the safety of their lives, livestock as well as property. And not for their value.
We don’t see them as part of our community, but more of a nuisance and source of trouble.
We associate them with bad omens and believes, hindering us from appreciating their awesomeness.
And this is where I come in. I try my best to open the wonderful life of wildlife to the public. Help them understand how lucky and privileged we are to have these wonderful animals. Offer information about them and how we can help towards their well being.
I love wildlife and that’s why I will keep fighting for them
Promoting The New Conservation Model. Through a talk by CEO of Elephant Neighbour Center, Mr. Jim Justus Nyamu. One of the greatest conservation heroes. Do you remember the man I told you literally walks for the elephants? He is now promoting a new conservation model that is aimed at. Promote Conservation for Heritage as opposed to Conservation for tourism.
So how was the talk?
Unfortunately, I was late for a couple of minutes but was lucky to catch up at the best moments.
He had just started narrated about his various walk across the country, countries, and continent. This gentleman has walked many miles and only his shoes truly understand the miles covered. And he does all these walking for the elephants. He wants all of us to understand the reason why we should not allow them to disappear.
Through the talk, he was able to bring out this important concept that will help bring a strong drive in conservation spirit. Knowing that your future grandkids or generation misses witnessing the presence of the elephants just because you chose not to do anything. Is enough to hit reality into your head.
We are a generation that only thinks of itself and profits. Doing our best not to care about those who will come after us. What we forget is that, whatever we have today. Is borrowed from the future generation and we should take good care of it.
When you decide to fight to poach and help protect wildlife. The future generation will not have to read them in books, but rather experience them in person.
Africa continent is a lucky continent as it still has most of its wildlife present. Thanks to the slow development and technology. Insufficient development and technology may have caused us poor living standards and left behind, hence referred to as the dark continent. But helped our wildlife to survive this far. So we have both the pros and cons. Which applies to every situation on our planet.
Those who have already lost their wildlife and now get to enjoy them in zoos, sanctuary or any other captive wildlife structures. Know the pinch and some have tried to help us understand what awaits us if we continue business as usual. So we have to wake up and protect what is left of our heritage.
I was happy to see people asking questions and wanting to know what they need to do to help. A good indication that they are ready to answer the call. This is just the beginning, after hearing, the action is what matters the most.
Best stories during the talk
It was a great meeting with great people. And they were very jovial and interactive. So when the floor was open. Several good stories came up.
My best story was learning that hyenas can crush any bone except the knee cap one. I didn’t know this, despite being a great fun of hyenas. So one little knee cap won’t allow the hyena to crush it. It is important to note that hyenas are very important in our ecosystem. By controlling diseases spread. This is because they crush and consume anything that crosses their path (except the knee cap of course). By doing so, if the dead animals died due to sickness, it won’t spread to other animals. Hyenas have a way of breaking down the diseases with their strong digestive systems.
Then I heard of a very interesting story about a dog and an elephant. Whereby the dog gave birth several times while the elephant was still carrying her pregnancy. As you know, elephants carry their pregnancy for 22 months while dogs for about 68 days. So the dog at some point asks the elephant, “Are you sure you carrying something inside the there”. Elephant’s answer was the boom, “Hey, When I give birth, the whole world notices it. But when you do so, no one really does notice”
The New Conservation Model : Conserving for heritage as opposed to conserving for tourism
Tourism has been a big benefit to African countries, bringing in huge amounts of money into their economies. As a result, most of them having been conserving wildlife to sustain these income flow. This has made them look very little into the wildlife welfare, as their aim is to gain more. So they have concentrated in building prestigious hotels near the conservation areas and even within.
Developments have increased within our parks and reserves, and it has turned into normal business. Pushing wildlife into the neighboring communities, hence creating human-wildlife conflicts. Surprising, while reporting such incidences we tend to concentrate on the menace created by the wildlife. And fail to point out what lead to that moment.
If we conserve for heritage, we will not allow tarmac roads into our conservation areas. Or any developments whatsoever. We will allow wildlife to enjoy their natural habitat as natural as it can be. We will concentrate on the welfare of the wildlife, and not how much we can make by modifying a particular thing to accommodate tourism.
Hey, am not against tourism. I just advocate for one that respects and empowers wildlife welfare. They are the CEOs and should be respected.
As the lawmakers come up with policies regarding wildlife, they should have their welfare concern in mind. The scientist, conservationists, and lawmakers should come up with a common ground for the benefit of the wildlife. These three can have a productive session as they have all the information needed for a bright future of our wildlife.
Conserving for heritage may not bring in the cash needed hence low profits, but it will protect our heritage for generations. We may think that we can price tag our wildlife and other natural resources from the revenue we gain from them. But we are very wrong, they cannot be price tagged.
Who Can Say No to Expeditions? Especially one that needs you to locate a certain spot. It’s one of the amazing outdoor activity to get involved with.
What is an expedition?
It is a journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration or research.
You may be offered directions or a road map. Or some times you may need to come up with one yourself.
So you have to be really good at reading and interpreting maps. And not the internet one, but the paper one.
What makes expedition fun?
Important thing is to have an adventurous team that won’t mind getting lost in the jungle as you find your way. A team with an open mind and ready to take what nature will offer.
You need updated maps and guide books, as well as, a compass. These are very vital while coming up with your road plan and getting to the spot. Should be able to offer sufficient and correct information, to avoid going the wrong direction.
An open mind ready for anything along the way. From weather, animals, geographical features, such as mountains, hills, rivers. In short, you should be prepared to face anything that crosses your path.
My favourite expedition memory
It was one I participated in Hell’s Gate National Park. Where our spot was somewhere in the Suswa Hills.
It was full of adventure, remapping and our bodies were pushed to the limits.
We got rained at twice while drying up. This was when we left our campsite and there was a light shower. Which subsidized after a short while. Sunshine kissed our faces and dried our clothes. Only to get to the other side of the hill that was raining heavenly.
We also encountered wildlife and livestock along the way. Hence had to remap some paths.
Our maps were not so updated, so we encountered some of the features not indicates on them. Missed some rivers that had dried up and a hill that no longer existed. In a way, it got us confused for some minutes but we got our bearing back shortly.
Unfortunately, one of the team members hurt her leg and she could no longer walk on her own. So we had to carry her. The men in the group took turns in carrying her. While the ladies helped with her bag.
We could create jokes and tell stories, even sing at some point. Just to get the energy to step forward as our energy levels dropped with every step.
It took us almost three-quarter of the day to find our spot. So getting back to our campsite was a marathon, to avoid allowing darkness get us lost. We had mastered our way so we avoid doing any reforms while getting back as we had the insufficient light. The moon was not very bright.
Just about to get to our campsite, we met a group of hyenas heading out for a hurt. We had been advised to remain as a group in such circumstances. So we stuck together. They did laugh at us but did no harm. So it worked.
Let Us Embrace Culture For Growing Trees. Just planting trees, will not offer any help in our fight against climate change. We need to help the tree grow and make it to a point where it can survive on its own.
Planting versus Growing of trees
Planting trees are easy but growing them, needs more work and commitment. Hence yielding the desired results.
It doesn’t help if we manage to plant huge numbers of trees, only for them to die after a few days. We would rather just plant a few and ensure they grow to maturity.
To effectively improve our forest cover, we need to do more of growing trees than planting.
What does growing trees entails?
Growing trees ensures that the tree reaches maturity.
For a tree to survive until maturity, we have to take care of the following factors:
Plant the right trees in the places we choose we have trees
Choosing the right tree species is vital for a successful tree growing.
You should make an effort to understand the native trees to that area. And also invest in indigenous tree species. As they have higher chances of surviving the weather and other environmental conditions of that place.
Information is available all over the forest organizations’ website or any other place online. Do a little digging of the right information to avoid growing wrong tree species in the wrong places.
Going for the fast growing trees
Due to the current harsh environmental conditions, it will be best if considered planting fast-growing trees.
Not only will they grow faster, but also survive to maturity.
The aim is to have as many trees as possible grow. Hence improve on our forest cover.
Ensuring that the planted trees are watered regularly if the area has inadequate rains
Water is life.
Water is very important for a growing tree. And it may be scarce in some areas. So in such areas, you will need to supply this vital commodity to it.
Fencing around them
New tiny seedlings may easily be consumed by animals or stepped on by humans.
To offer them protection from such incidences, you will need to have some kind of protective wall. It may be a net or few planks of wood. Strong enough to keep the intruders away.
For you to confirm that your tree is growing, it will need you to pay it several visits. Which will allow you to do the needed checks.
The trees successful growth will need a good fraction of your time.
Encourage more people to join and do the same
It’s always good to include others after teaching them the importance of the action. Help them understand the importance of trees and why they should grow more. You will, therefore, manage to have more trees growing under the collected care.
Let us allow Nature to heal. Time heals everything and nature has its own prescription. All we have to do is, allow it some humble time and space. We all know that nature heals, but we tend to forget that as much as it may heal us. It does need time to heal itself as well.
We pushed it to its limit, hence resulting in the cruel climate change. We introduced the harmful greenhouse gases that weakened its ability to regulate gases on our planet. We reduced it’s reduced by cutting down trees. That it uses to breathe in the carbon dioxide we produce.
Just like when our white body counts go down, and we get vulnerable to various diseases attacks. That is what is happening to nature. The resources that it uses to function well are being eliminated to give space to human developments.
What can we learn from the rains (In Kenya)?
After long periods of dry seasons, the rains finally came.
People had already started losing their lives and livestock to the drought. They migrated to different areas for food and water, which was a temporary solution. Due to the pressure on the already scarce resources, things got worst after a short while.
We went ahead to blame our governments, both the county and national. Some used the opportunity to show off by assisting the affected and making sure we knew about it on social media. We did both good and bad, as that time was concerned.
Then the rains came
At first, the rains didn’t come as per our Kenya Meteorological predictions. Which they later explained that the rains had delayed in Tanzania. But finally. the rains reached us.
Within a few weeks, you could see green everywhere. The dead plants were got their life back and temperatures dropped.
Everyone was relieved and happy to have rains around.
Am happy to report that many people come out to advocate for tree planting. From the public figures, media personalities, common Citizens, conservationists, ministry of Environment and Foresty, among others.
Seedlings have been available at affordable prices in several towns, hence making it easy for Kenyans to plant more trees.
What do we learn from the short time we have been enjoying rainfall?
If plants could manage to be relieved by the rains in such a short time, what happens if we plant more trees. Hence ensuring that we have sufficient ground cover to prevent evaporation of water in the ground.
By having sufficient plant cover in our land, we will be able to secure groundwater for a longer time. As we plant and grow trees, we should also grow the ground plants such as grass as well. Leaving no blanks in the available space.
Our grown trees will help offset our carbon, giving us back the fresh air.
What I also advocate for, is planting and growing trees in our arid areas.
We have parts of our country that is always dry. People in these areas are nomadic hence move from time to time.
Being an arid area, we should try to plant indigenous trees adapted to such areas. Hence turning these little “deserts” to beautiful green lands. We should be able to harvest the ongoing rains to support irrigation farming so as to avoid famine.
By planting indigenous trees in these areas, supplying them with water and ensuring that they grow. We will help nature repair itself. Hence turning into something beautiful and green. Hence providing the community with the resources they need.
Are we misusing the word Sustainability? Now that we have been attaching it to any project we want to prosper. Nowadays, if you want to get support. Then you have to convince us that it’s sustainable. But do they really mean it in action?
What is Sustainability?
In regards to economic growth, sustainability refers to the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
While in pursuit of global environmental sustainability, it implies avoiding the depletion of natural resources. So as to maintain an ecological balance.
What about the Sustainable Developments?
Involves economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.
Now you can easily understand the sustainable development goals. They are all geared towards ensuring that we don’t too much from our natural resources. We avoid overexploitation so as to allow nature space to regenerate what we take.
Then we adopted..
Sustainable living, sustainable customer service, sustainable work environment, sustainable consumption, and many other sustainable that we thought would help us sell our ideas to the target group.
Are we really living up to its real meaning? Do we really understand what it takes to have a sustainable something?
Can sustainability be measured in our developments?
How do we know that our developments are sustainable or click with sustainability?
Here is where measures come in. Which includes:
The three Rs approach. Where we reduce, reuse and recycle. With this approach, we get to reduce wastage, pollution, and exploitation. This helps to rule out the one-use plastic products, only using what we need and not wasting anything, as well as having something we can refuse for several times.
Capacity building among the public and involved parties. By creating awareness and educating them. Then we get to have informed people that will help advocate for decisions that are eco-friendly and good for our ecosystem.
Nature of the technology. The correct and sustainable technology should be people friendly, positive to the environment, respects our culture, doesn’t use a lot of resources. and produce a minimum of waste.
Offers quality life. The development should be able to have a positive effect on people’s lives in all aspects. That is, socially, economically as well as culturally. No group or class of people should be left out. Each of their needs should be taken into consideration.
Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature. The second week of May allows us an opportunity to celebrate all the mothers in all corners of our planet. We get to salute them for the great job and sacrifice they offer the babies. Both biological, adopted or any form that they got their babies.
No matter how old or how big we may get, we still remain babies to our mothers. They will move mountains for us. And literally, do everything to give us a good life. I salute all Mother’s, you are extremely special to all of us.
This goes to the mothers in the wild too. They have no hospital privileges while giving birth, but they make it happen. Taking good care of their young ones despite the changing environment and scarce resources. They have offered incredible experiences when we give them a visit. And help to keep the populations alive.
What about mother nature?
We owe everything to her, yet she rarely asks anything in return. We push her to the limits, but she continues to fight so as to survive for us. She has offered her natural resources, but we have given her all kinds of pollutions and over-exploitation in return. Resulting in climate change, species extinctions, and many more sad events.
She is a mother that we neglected and choose to ignore. Like other mothers, she chooses not to give up on us and she has been repairing our planet on our behalf. But it’s becoming difficult, as we continue to engage in sophisticated practices that cause severe harm to our environment. Seems mother nature is about to give up on us.
Gift her this Mother’s day by saying NO to everything that causes her harm. Educate more on eco-friendly practices and help many to embrace this lifestyle. Create awareness everywhere and anytime you get an opportunity to do so.
Unlike our Mother’s, whom we have gifted with trips, gifts, hugs, company, etc. Mother nature may not be able to get that, but by creating awareness and practicing it, it’s a great gift. For both mother nature and us.
Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan?
Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan? Yes we have one, that runs for five years. Full of solutions on how to curb climate change in our country.
Roles played by this National Climate Action Plan
It provides our country with a guideline to accomplish our commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Which is an international body responsible for helping our planet get solutions for climate change effects.
Give us guidelines on how to live with climate change.
Offer support while dealing with how we carry out our development activities. Putting in check negative human impacts during such developments.
Helps us work on ways to reduce amounts of green house gases we are producing.
Who are involved in this Action Plan?
It’s made up of scientist, analysts, climate change researchers, international organisation representatives, people from ministries that deal with environmental issues, among others.
These people were able to first evaluate climate change impact in our country. Noting the damage already done. So as to come up with adaptation and mitigation measures. That will help reduce the climate change effects.
Almost all parts in the country had some research done in them. And the most affected noted. These are areas that the mitigation measures got applied to first. And the result has been amazing.
People’s response towards National Change Action Plan
Through the climate change awareness platforms, people were able to help coming up with ideas to curb climate change.
They were able to change waste into useful products.
Embraced practices that aided in reduction of greenhouse gases emission.
So far they have been positive progress made and a lot is yet to be done.
So far we have two National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP)
Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)
Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022). It’s basically a continuation and a comprehensive version of the 1st National Climate Change Action Plan of 2013 – 2017.
This Action Plan first identified priory areas that helped shape the details to be included. These priority areas are:
Food and Nutrition Security. Whereby they are to assist Kenyans increase food production and nutrition security. By promoting agricultural practices that will produce low carbon.
Disaster Risk Management. This is to be addressed by ensuring measures are put in place incase of drought or floods.
Water and Blue Economy. Blue economy is still a new concept in our country. So they will be able to guide us on how to sustainably use the available water and other resources that comes along with. Without practicing over-exploitation of these resources.
Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism. We are known for our wildlife but their habitat has been shrinking rapidily. We are to increase our forest cover to 10% and rehabilitate degraded lands. This will be a boost to both tourism and wildlife welfare.
Health, Sanitation and Human Settlements. Here, the plan is to improve on the solid waste management in urban areas.
Energy and Transport. This will help eliminate any energy production that is not climate-proof or contribute to greenhouse gases emissions in huge amounts.
Progress made in this Action Plan include:
Development of the National Adaption Plan. That is destined to help Kenyans adapt practices that will help curb climate change.
Establishment of climate change funds. That will be used to support the adaptation plans and practices in five counties.
Enabled expansion of geothermal, solar and wind power. So as to lower greenhouse gases emissions and natural resources utilization while producing power.
Provided improvement in legal and policy framework. Which includes Cimate Change Act 2016, National Climate Change Framework Policy as well as National Climate Finance Policy.
This Action Plan also included more parties such as:
National and County governments.
Civil Society organizations.
The above are very important in ensuring that this plan yiled success. It has included all the parties that contribute to the greenhouse gases emission . And best people to teach on the adaptation and mitigation plans while dealing with the consequences as a result of climate change.
From the big companies that keep dumping their waste into the water bodies. And getting away with the offence. Others , getting involved with harmful gases emissions and no plan to help the accumulation of those gases in that particular area.
Not forgetting those who deforest our forests and care less not to reforest them.
But the one that hurt most, was wildlife land grabbing.
So this video had all the data explaining how the so called untouchable people have been grabbing these lands and dividing it among their family members.
As years went by, they increased and grabbed even more. Leaving the poor and wildlife, homeless.
They even legalized papers for the grabbed land. So it is now legally their land.