Is it out of Necessity or Greed?
Is it out of Necessity or Greed? Whatever you do no matter how small or big it may appear. How important or what value it may have on you. What drives your motivation?
When Government acts after the public takes laws into their hands (Necessity or Greed)
Why do we protest? Why do we risk our lives and head to the streets? Carrying posters with reforms we desire to be attend to. Or problems that have not be addressed by the responsible people.
I love wildlife but I also respect human life and property. That said, I don’t support when humans take away whats meant for wildlife. Every life is important and resources for each species should be respected. It’s my desire that both wildlife and humans get their justice.
In 2015, residents around Kingwal Swamp (Nandi, Kenya) had to set the swamp on fire for government to hear them out. And yes it worked. Surprisely, the community ended up giving up their land to the swelling swamp.
The set the swamp on fire because the Sitatunga destroyed and consumed their crops. Leaving them poor and with no food. Sitatunga as per the Kenyan constitution is among the endangered species hence anyone found killing them risk a very long time in jail and/or hefty bails terms. Their damage is also not liable for compensation as they are not considered to create extreme damage as herbivores. So the community had to swallow the bitter pill till they couldn’t do so any more.
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Protect what is close to your heart
We should be able to protect what is close to our hearts. Because they mean a lot to us. We should not allow anyone, absolutely anyone mess up with them.
These things include our natural resources, cultures, public resources, etc. Anything we owe as a public, we should give it a thought and care for them.
How do we protect our public resources?
We have various ways we can be able to protect them. From outside forces, our corrupt leaders or the greedy lot within us. And we do so by speaking up and against such evil acts.
Anything that’s ownership falls under public. Is for the good of everyone. Everyone should be able to benefit from them. They should never be used to fulfill greed of the few ones. No matter how powerful they may be.
We should not allow our leaders to come up with laws that don’t support sustainable use of these resources. These natural resources should be close to our hearts. They have been freely gifted to us by mother nature. And as long as we use them suistanably, she will continue offering them to us. So when laws aren’t for the good intentions to mother nature, it’s time to scream really loud. Knock all doors and head to the streets till they hear us.
Change we need starts with us. We should embrace sustainable use of these resources right from our homes. Don’t allow your greed to make you extract more than needed. Remember everyone deserve a piece of this cake. When we appreciate and understand importance of sustainability . Then we can be able to conserve what we have.
Having learnt to take what nature can manage to regenerate, you will be able to teach others how to do so. You will be in a good position to speak through actions. You will have understood that for these resources to continue being present, we need to allow nature time and space.
Be the watch dog
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Who do you think natural resources belong to? Is it the public as stated by constitution in most countries? Or citizens of that particular area/location. Or individuals who think that it does belong to them.
From my understanding, natural resources belong to the public. Benefits obtained from them should be used enjoyed by all citizens. In that spirit, all the citizens are supposed to protect their natural resources.
I don’t think anyone or a group of people can claim complete ownership of a natural resource. A natural resource that does not need any human impact like water bodies, wildlife, indigenous flora species, among others. This is because the occurrence and existence is 100% natural. And only human interruption cause their depletion or destruction.
It will be also be mean and unacceptable to prevent other fellow citizens from accessing these natural resources. Just because they don’t occupy that particular location.
Giving back to the natural resources
Most us are only after enjoying the benefits that are brought to us by these natural resources. And care very little, if any, about the state of these resources.
Natural resources management is very vital for their existence in a long time. We should work extra hard to ensure that we reduce our negative impact towards them.
If we can apply the same energy and morale we usually have while protecting natural resources benefits. Right now we would not have anything to worry about our natural resource survival.
In Kenya, sometime back we had issues with oil revenue distribution problem. Whereby, the residents of the areas where the oil is being extracted, went to the roads. The demonstration had a strong impact, it even caught president’s and other politicians attention. Things were later resolved and agreement reached.
Then water scandal emerged. It gained politics and gave birth to different opinions.
From the two incidence, I wished it could be the same scenario when we are fighting for our other natural resources. Especially wildlife.
The SGR (Standard Gauge Railway) passed right through the Nairobi National Park despite conservationists efforts to make it stop…….
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