Promoting The New Conservation Model

Promoting The New Conservation Model

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.

Cde Jim Justus Nyamu
Cde Jim Justus Nyamu

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.

People were very attentive
People were very attentive

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.

Conclusion

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Let us allow Nature to heal

Let us allow Nature to heal

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.

Conclusion

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Are we misusing the word Sustainability?

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.

Conclusion

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Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature

Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature

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.

Conclusion

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When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen. The just concluded Bloggers sensitization workshop just gave me hope in our ministry of Enviroment and Forestry once again.

A few years ago, immediately after graduating and getting my bachelors degree in Wildlife Management. Just like any graduate, I started looking for a job and my first stop was at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in one of the county government.

Very prepared and confident that I will get a chance to apply what I had learned in class. I was ready for either a job or an internship, but not what I encountered that day.

As you all know how hard it is to have a sitting with the big guys in the government office. So getting an appointment with him was after a few weeks of constant calls and visits to his office. So he had no choice but allow me a few minutes of his time.

I requested him to let me know some of the projects he was currently having for the benefit of our environment and forest. And the answer almost made me lose my cool. He shamelessly told me that, he was currently helping in digging dams for the community. So as to allow them access to water.

That was not a bad idea, but isn’t that supposed to be done by guys from the ministry of water? So innocently made my question clearer, and inquired if he had any projects that directly profited environment or forest management/cover. And there was none.

I had just got my final paper at the university published and it was promoting the planting of indigenous species. As well as highlighting the negative effects of exotic species. It was one of the ideas that I was to share with him but he was not in a position to welcome the idea. So sadly, I went back home and lost faith in this ministry.

Then Blogging Happened

I tried other environmental fields to get a job, but none came through. Since I had to take care of myself and lessen my parent’s burden, I decided to take any job that crossed my path.

My passion for the environment still stayed with me and that’s how I ended up blogging. I realized I could still educate others through this channel.

And blogging through BAKE (Blogger Association of Kenya) helped me get this amazing opportunity to interact with incredible climate change stakeholders.

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

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We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk. The most fear sentence of line by human kind.

I looked at him and wondered, “Why are so sad?”and what’s the need of the talk?”
He just shook his head and looked the other side.

Had I done something wrong?


I needed to know, so I went ahead and planted my face to his.
He took a deep breath and requested me to sit with him.

“Have you ever though how things would be running here, if human species was never part of it?”

That was not what I was hoping for, so I just stared at him.

“More species are getting extinct each passing day. The climate and weather patterns are no longer predictable. Infact they are becoming unbearable.

The temperatures in the oceans are rising and poles are rapidly melting away. Oxygen is becoming a critical need in the ocean’s floor. How are those species supposed to survive without oxygen.

It’s funny how you joke of how in near future, ice cone will be melting in your hands before you even get a chance to lick it few times. The heat is already here, and as always. It has not yet shock you enough. Can you know enjoy your ice cream in the open around midday?

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Jim Nyamu: The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Patriotism

Patriotism is a noun used to describe a devoted love, support and defense of one’s country.The aspects included in this ideology are ethnic, cultural political or historical .

Am very grateful to Priyabrataa Ganguly for nominating me  for Quill Commander Award. He loves sports and have amazing recipes, visit his site for finger-licking food recipes.

Quill Commander Award

The purpose of this award is to promote patriotism. Along with it, this reward is created to unify bloggers from different countries through tolerance and appreciation of their nationality. We are already unified by our love for writing and reading, so this a token of that love.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link of their blog
  • List the rules of the award
  • Post a photo of your national flag
  • Leave a favorite quote
  • Nominate a few loyal bloggers

Kenyan National Flag

Kenyan National Flag

Favorite quote

Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.
Cory Booker

Nominee

Superduque

Nichole

Daniel

Kelly

Just to name a few.

Blessed Easter everyone.

 

Am Humbled

Thank you very much Nash and Mahin for the award nominations. You are one of my best friends online and am grateful to you for nominating me for the  Friendship, Liebster, Sunshine, Versatile and Blogger Recognition Awards.

Blogger Recognition awardFriendship award

Sunshine award

Versatile award

Nash is a very talented writer who will always surprise you each time he writes any article, he is able to discuss the current issue affecting society with much love and understanding . Mahin is a brilliant girl who tells you as it is in a friendly manner, she has amazing posts just like Nash. You should visit their blogs and enjoy these wonderful benefits, I assure you they will brighten your day.

 

 

Sunshine Award

QUESTIONS (By Nash)

1.Dog or cat ?
Both
2.Moon or Mars ?
Moon
3.Health or money ?
Health
4.Favorite car ?
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
5.Favorite virtue for every person is ?
Honesty
6.What should i change on my blog ?
I can’t think of anything, I like it as it is
7.Best blogger from your choice is ?
Kelly MacKay
8.Your favorite color ?
Blue
9.You are having a bed nightmare what would you do to stop it ?
Wake up and play a game or watch something funny
10.Are you in loved ?
Yes
11.Ask me something ?
What’s you best achievement so far?

Blogger Recognition Award

RULES:

1.Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.
2.Give a brief story on your blog.

I love nature especially wildlife and life at large. I use my blog to communicate and have conversation with people of the same thought or interested online. I share experiences from the various places I visit and once in a while I just write random thoughts and poems.
3.Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.

Be persistent and get connected to the other bloggers by reading their articles and keeping the conversation going. You will learn a lot from just visit their sites.
4.Choose a few other bloggers to nominate.

Kelly MacKay
Pvcann 
Mistimaan
J. Rusolo Ward
Gaurav Kautkar
5.Comment on each blog by letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

Versatile Award
RULES :

Thank the blogger who nominated you by posting their link
Add an award graphic
Write 7 facts about yourself

I love wildlife, a fan of fiction movies/series, I love travelling, am short and mum’s princess.
Nominate other bloggers

Dancing with Shadows 
Marcus 
Swo8 
Major Styles
The Godly Chic Diaries 

All of my readers do have awesome blogs and deserve these awards, it’s just the post would be too long. To the nominees, congrats and do answer the same questions asked by both Nash and Mahin.

Cheers.

Another award nomination: Sunshine Bloggers Awards

Happy Monday dear ones!

This month was a great month for receiving awards. A big thank you to Madekesi for nominating me for the Sunshine Bloggers Awards.

Am glad to have been able to create sunshine to my friends all over the world.  Thank you very much Madekesi for this opportunity and your wonderful articles in your bog. May you too continue giving us that sunshine.

The rules for this award includes:

1 .Shout out to the blogger who nominated you with a link to her blog.

  1. Answer questions given by the blogger.
  2. Nominate 11 bloggers for the sunshine award, with links to their blogs.
  3. Don’t forget to notify your nominees.
  4. Come up with your own questions and tag 11 other bloggers nominating them to do the same.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Awards logo in your post.

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Madekesi’s questions were as follows:

  1. Which country do you come from?

I was born and reside in Kenya.

  1. What’s your national language?

Our national language is English.

  1. What’s your country’s staple food?

Kenya’s staple food is ugali.

  1. Apart from blogging, what else do you do?

I work as a quality coordinator in a call center.

  1. Would you get married to someone outside your race?

Yes, I would.

  1. Do you watch football? If yes, what’s your favorite team?

I do watch just for fun and don’t have a favorite team.

  1. Do you think nations should do more to manage global warming?

Yes I do very strongly. They should do more ASAP.

  1. Christian or Muslim? What’s the one thing you love about the other religion?

Am open-minded when it comes to religion. I believe they all have great things to admire.

  1. Which is your favorite music genre?

Classics

  1. Which music genre do you hate the most? Why?

I love all the music genre as I concentrate more on the lyrics.

  1. Who would you choose between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung-un?

I wouldn’t choose either of them.

Having managed to somehow answer the hot Madekesi’s questions, here are my own questions to my nominees.

  1. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  2. What is the one place in the world you want to visit the most?
  3. What is your blog focused on?
  4. How did you decide what to blog on?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  6. What is your must have technology for traveling?
  7. What do you do to drive traffic to your blog?
  8. What is the toughest part of blogging for you?
  9. What is your favorite animal?
  10. What drives you to succeed?
  11. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

This award can’t be complete without nominees. They are my online family that I didn’t know I had, they have been shinning on me too. For now we will go with the 11 but they are more than that and I love you all…Mwaah.

Nominees: