Having A Good time in a temporal Island, would you go for it? I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Its a big yes for me. And I have just a nice place that I will plan on a day to go and enjoy the ocean there.
Islands are naturally full of life and unique environment. I think water separates them from all the bad things until human developments happen.
Island that stays alive for four hours in a given season
During my visit to the ocean, I was shown a portion of the ocean that dries up sometimes. Allowing people to enjoy some calmness of the ocean within its vicinity. The place can remain dry for almost four hours, meaning, you can even hold a short party there.
When you are enjoying a boat ride, the breeze kisses your face in amazing ways. As the waves soothe your moods. The land continues to reduce in size as you sail deeper into the ocean.
Its normally feels like you are entering a different and new world. The feeling is incredible.
The Homely WCK Hostels in Mombasa. They are simply homes away from home. Strategically located at the best corner of Mombasa town.
During my recent visit to Mombasa, one of our friends recommended it for us. At first, I had some doubts since I wanted to have somewhere to spend my nights after all the fun during the day. A place I could rest with minimal to zero noise, comfortable beds, awesome food, and a clean environment. And WCK hostels in Mombasa offered all that and more.
It stands for Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.
It is a charitable, nonprofit organization formed in 1968 by Kenyan students. It was the first conservation education programme of its kind on the continent of Africa.
As you can already tell, they are friends to nature. And anyone friends to nature automatically qualifies to be my friend.
I have been its member since my junior years at school. But I had not yet tried their hostels.
They would provide us Komba Magazines that helped us learn more about Wildlife, Nature and how to conserve our environment.
Apart from books, being a member of this club come with a full bag of goodies.
Species that feed on plants are strong and have a long lifespan
Species that feed on plants are strong and have a long lifespan. Herbivores are some of the animal species that have been observed to live many years. If they are lucky enough to evade preditor’s wrath. Those who have no predictors, live to enjoy extreme old age. Is it related to their diet?
These are species whose diet is solely comprised of plant parts. We can refer to them as true vegans.
They can be divided into various groups depending on which plants they consume, or how they eat.
That is, we have those that feed on fruits ( Frugivores), nector (nectarivorous), etc. And we have the browsers that obtain leaves, stems and bark from plants. While grazers eat vegetation at the ground level.
Samples of these herbivores include:
As you can already tell, these are some of the most dangerous animals that even intimidate their predators.
Now you understand why the antelopes and other small herbivores, end up being the most targeted.
Does this mean that if we were to embrace the vegan diet, we could be strong?
Your internet usage has a carbon footprint. This means that how you live Online has an impact on how you live Offline. Seems everything we do has a carbon footprint. So we are required to calculate our carbon footprint and embrace ways to reduce it. Or keep it as low as possible.
What is the internet’s carbon footprint?
You may tend to think about how this is possible. After all, its just internet. The movies, tv shows, emails, songs, etc. How does that emit greenhouses gases?
Internet’s carbon footprint is contributed by work behind the scenes. The servers that make it possible for you to get the end product. These serves are powered by various types of energy which is mostly not clean. And they run 24/7.
After all, no one likes internet outages. Or else we will shower the internet providers customer cares with all the mean words we have in our heads.
Some of the contributors to carbon footprint in internet usage
Is our company enough for our pets? Especially those who have only one pet. Hence making them the unique species in the house. As much as they may enjoy our companionship, is it really enough? Or they silently wish they had contact with one of their kind?
Pets are social animals
I tend to think that animals that can be petted are social. And that’s why they are able to mix with humans.
As we know, social animals like being other animals. Either with their kind or other animals. Unlike the solitary ones that love being on their own.
With that said, does our companion alone fill their need of being with other animals. Or we are a cause of some loneliness in them.
Uganda cooking with Volcanic rocks to save their Forests
Uganda cooking with Volcanic rocks to save their Forests. Isn’t that amazing? It’s great to see more countries embracing ways that are eco-friendly. Hence writing off the damage we have been causing our environment.
As much as we may need developments and innovations, we were blinded sided when it came to its effects on the environment. But not anymore. We are now conscious of our actions and choosing our moves carefully.
Forest cover has been reducing in our planet at an alarming rate. This is partly due to the need for firewood and charcoal for cooking. We have lost a huge number of indigenous trees for this need.
Not only did our cooking eliminate our trees, but it also introduced air pollution into our homes. Promoting respiratory diseases amongst ourselves.
So when we bump into such innovation, its a big win to all of us. This technology will help save the remaining forest cover, and cost by the community.
Do we Really Have To Release Balloons into the Air?
Do we Really Have To Release Balloons into the Air? The hundreds of ballons into our atmosphere as we celebrate. Not thinking much what happens to them, once they get up there. And where they land once they come back. Since whatever goes up must come down.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison
That’s how ballon applies in our lives. As we celebrate in releasing them into the air, environment and wildlife suffer the severe consequences of our actions.
The balloons may end up in the water bodies or land, after traveling thousands of miles.
Due to their bright colors, wildlife confuses them for food. Their rings also cause a huge number of deaths by strangling the animals.
Balloons are indigestible, just like plastics. So once ingested by wildlife, it’s a matter of time before they die. Painful death with stomachs full of balloons and other plastics.
The balloons rings may end up in the wildlife’s neck. And since they were unable to get it off like humans, they get strangled to death. Some die in the process of trying to set themselves free from these rings.
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.
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.