Thin Line between fighting for Humans and Wildlife Justice
Thin Line between fighting for Humans and Wildlife Justice. This goes to all who fight for both wildlife and humans when they crush. In courts, while making decisions, when faced with conflicts. Anything that needs one choosing to whether stands for wildlife or humans. Not necessarily, if any of them was wrong or need to be defended.
Law allows us to have a lawyer in case we find ourselves in courts
By default, we are always innocent until proven guilty. And with the ‘baddest’ lawyers, this doesn’t mean anything. You will definitely remain innocent until they work their way in your favor.
Lawyers seem not to really care if their client is guilty, but to find a way to set them free. By knowing everything about law, they will manage to use any weak links to overturn someone else who is not their client, to a fault. They are basically paid to ensure you remain innocent and avoid that jail term. Whatever happens to those who have been offended, being least of their business.
Most of the time, I wonder to myself. Would a lawyer agree to defend someone who just killed one of their loved ones? Would they still fight tooth and nail for such a client? Am sure, no amount of money will convince them to fight for a killer who just took away the life of their loved ones. In fact, they may end up on the other side of the offended and ensure such a person end up in jail for life.
But they may argue that it’s a job just like the other jobs. Serve your client, give it all your all, win cases and be a lawyer everyone wants to have in their speed dial.
But how do you deal with the idea that you may have sent an innocent person to prison, made it possible the release of a dangerous person who might repeat their actions several times afterward, just to mention a few? They do all these knowing that their good money will enable the lawyers to work hard for their freedom.
No wonder, the most awful cases attract huge sums of money. I will leave it there for you to ponder.
When Was The Last Time You Saw A Ladybird? Or Should I have asked, Do you know of ladybird? Apparently, we have some of us not lucky enough to have encountered these wonderful and colorful insects. Black and white may not be my best color. But I love them on the ladybird’s wings.
Pointing at a ladybird on a book, she requested some kids to identify which insect it was
Sadly, the kids had no idea of a ladybird. So they had no answer for her. Would you have got the correct answer for her?
Have you ever attended an event that requires kids to draw from their imagination? Or at home, have you ever requested the kids to draw something? What drawings do they draw most?
Due to developments and what they have been exposed to. Depending on where they stay. Will center around what they interact with frequently. As we continue to push nature and convert it to what we consider best. We deny these kids an opportunity to have nature and it’s content into their imaginary world.
Let’s know a little bit about them
Which is scientifically known as Coccinellidae . They belong to the same family as bottles. The little guys that create perfect rounded balls out of dung. Also known as lady beetles.
Some of them may not be necessarily black and red, but rather, yellow/orange and black.
They feed on herbivores insects, hence very important in our farms. Hence predators.
They can be found in cities, grasslands,cities, forests as well as surburbs.
Did you know that killing a ladybird was believed to be unlucky?
Forests and Insecurity. How do they relate? Do you buy the idea that forests promote insecurity? Are trees generators of insecurity in our society?
Lately, I have seen people on social media connecting trees to insecurity. They are suggesting that planting of trees leads to security compromises. Meaning that when we plant more trees and have a forest. Then we are open to insecurities. Though they acknowledge the importance of shade provided by these trees during the day. Highway authorities tend to blame trees for poor visibility in our roads.
So, Is this to say that our Forests are dangerous?
I don’t agree with any of their accusations. This is because each and everything on our planet has pros and cons. And the pros of having trees in huge numbers, are more than our imaginary cons.
Many years ago, when my country was going through a civil arrest. And my tribe was a target, so we were being chased away / attacked by the other tribe. We had to run away from our homes. I remember when we had found a church to accommodate us for the night. My dad realized that they had not carried enough clothes to keep me and my sister warm. So my dad risked to go back and get me my coat.
It was already very late in the evening and that was the time the bad people were attacking the houses of the “unwanted” tribe. But dad had to get her girl, the coat. Just as he was about to leave our compound and head back to the church. He heard the attackers breaking our gate. He could not go back to the house to avoid being killed when they finally made it to the house. We had a very huge tree within our compound. And that tree is what saved my dad that dreadful night.
On that tree, he witnessed our shop being looted and our neighbor’s houses set on fire. This singular tree saved my dad and helped me finally get a brother a few years later.
The same tree had a bad side too. It had been used once before by robbers to hide. But they were not successful due to our brave dog.
So yes, trees pros will always surpass cons. And no one can firmly say that trees are a danger to our lives. In fact, we are the dangerous one to not only trees but all natural resources.
Do you know of the Jesus Christ Lizard or the Dancing Lizard of Namibia?
Do you know of the Jesus Christ Lizard or the Dancing Lizard of Namibia? They are one of the amazing and funny wildlife that will brighten your day anytime. They may be small in size but loaded with awesomeness.
Do you know of the Jesus Christ Lizard ?
Do you know of the Jesus Christ Lizard? It’s a lizard that is able to run on water. Just like Jesus did. Their real name is the common basilisk.
Where can we find them?
They are native to the rainforests in Central and South America. Near the streams and rivers.
How do they manage to run on water?
We all know that it’s not possible to walk, leave alone run, on water. You can float, swim or do any of the things we do in the water. But walking or running is not part of the story.
While running on water, Jesus Christ Lizard runs on its hind legs. Its legs have flaps that help it trap bubbles while running. The tail act as the balancing factor. Same is offered by the front legs, that are held to the sides.
The younger ones can run at a high speed and cover more area than the adult ones. This is due to weight issues. Adults tend to sink earlier, due to their weight.
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.
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.