Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism. It’s something that was noted many years ago. As mankind embraced civilization and urbanization.

Environmental Racism

It refers to any environment injustice happening or directed to the minority groups. That is, whether practiced or applied in policies.

How can you identify an environmental racism act?

  • When you notice exposure of harmful waste to particulars areas.
  • Vulnerability of a community to problems such as the floods.
  • Discriminatory waste management
  • Inaccessibility of safe to drink water.

The above qualify to be a case of environmental racism , if they are done intential and directed to a particular minor group.

This to mean that, for developing countries that are not able to provide all its citizens with safe to drink water. Can not be said to practice environmental racism. But when the rich and able decide to expose the poor with their harmful waste. Then this qualifies as an environmental racism.

It simply implies directing negative outcomes as a result of human impact on other humans who have nothing to do with it. Sadly, the receiver of the bad news. Suffering consequences of actions by the abled ones.

But why would someone do that to the other humans?

Environmental racism is as a result of environmental injustices. What do we do to ensure we observe and practice environmental justice.

I came across some principles that may help us understand how to be fair to the environment and the minor groups.

Principles of Environmental Justice adopted by Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC.

Environmental justice :

  • Affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.
  • Demands that public policy be based on mutual respect and justice for all peoples, free from any form of discrimination or bias.
  • Mandates the right to ethical, balanced and responsible uses of land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for humans and other living things.
  • Calls for universal protection from nuclear testing, extraction, production, and disposal of toxic/hazardous wastes and poisons and nuclear testing that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land, water, and food.
  • Affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.
  • Demands the cessation of the production of all toxins, hazardous wastes, and radioactive materials, and that all past and current producers be held strictly accountable to the people for detoxification and the containment at the point of production.
  • Demands the right to participate as equal partners at every level of decision-making, including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.
  • Affirms the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and unemployment. It also affirms the right of those who work at home to be free from environmental hazards.
  • Protects the right of victims of environmental injustice to receive full compensation and reparations for damages as well as quality health care.
  • Considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on Genocide.
  • Must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
  • Affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provided fair access for all to the full range of resources.
  • Calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color.
  • Opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations.
  • Opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms.
  • Calls for the education of present and future generations which emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.
  • Requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.

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Female-hood In The Wild

Female-hood In The Wild

Femalehood In The Wild. Is it any different from ours or for domestic species. As we get to celebrate women around the world on this special day. Lets celebrate the ladies in the wild too.

I wish all ladies around the world, happiest International Women Day. May we continue to shine and sky should not be the limit. Thumbs up to all men who support women.And those who are yet to join the team, we are waiting for you to transform. Women are the light and great asset in our community.

Today I was like us to get to know several females in the wild that make me smile every time I think about them. They include:

  • Lioness
  • Northern Jacana
  • Black Rhino
  • Baboon

You will manage to see which of them has traits you like or have.

Lioness

Lioness

Despite being smaller than the lions (male), they are better hunters and does most of the hunting. Surprisely, male lions are the ones that consume the prey first.

They are not only the bread winners, but lead the pride too. While their male counterparts, ensure no intruders. Defending the pride’s territory as well as marking it with their scent markings.

They do most of their huntings at night and in groups.

Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana

Now this one, is the best to study.

She lays the eggs and the male incubates them. She rarely or reluctantly incubates her eggs.

She lives within a territory of 1 – 4 mates. She will mate with several of them away or form more than one pair bonds with her mates. This is because they have a simultaneous polyandrous mating system.

Black Rhino

Black Rhino with her calf
Black Rhino with her calf

She has a very strong relation to her half. But not her mate. Spends time mostly alone and bond with a male while mating.

Baboon

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When The Huge Wildlife Falls in Love With You

When The Huge Wildlife Falls in Love With You

When the huge wildlife fall in love with you. How would you feel if an animal like an elephant, rhino, lion or even some of dangerous snakes, becaome your best buddies. As some tend to term the as beast buddies.

Wildlife are dangerous and that should never be underestimated. As much as we may create a connection with them. They still remain wild and anything may change anytime very fast. Resulting to loss of lives or losing several body parts. It’s important that this sinks into our brains while handling wildlife.

Just like any other living organism, they have power to determine several scenarios. Like when another species is about to harm them or being “good”. And that’s why we see them getting connected to their human buddies.

Falling in love with Huge wildlife

It’s never love at the first sight on the wildlife part. Humans may love them at the first sight. But they have to do more to earn the same from wildlife.

Wildlife will need a reason and somehow a confirmation from your actions before they can offer you love and the huge hugs. Luckly, unlike humans who may be deserved by sweet words. Actions speak love in the wild. Not forgetting the extreme need for consistency .

They will always be difficult at first as you work your way into their hearts. And they may still reject you despite all that effort. They are wild and free to reject who they dislike. I kinda like how they operate. I like that,because it helps them offer you true love which last for a very long time.

It’s almost impossible to create a connection with the wildlife in their natural habitat. All that can help is staying out of way of one another. But with extreme hard work and giant patience, you may get some love back.

Courtesy of beast-buddies-http://drive-tv.co.uk
Courtesy of beast-buddies-http://drive-tv.co.uk

So most humans who desire a connection with wildlife. Cultivate it while the animals are in captivity. These include places like sanctuaries, zoos or any captive places they keep wildlife.

They take part in activities that help open wildlife heart to them. It may be helping an elephant calf come into terms of her Mother’s death caused by poachers. The calf doesn’t know the difference of the poachers from the humans offering them love. They will see them as the same person hence a threat.

They will take time to be open to the idea of giving themselves to these nice humans. This the golden time for the nice humans to erase the ba image created of humans on the affected calf. It may take hours, days or months with hard work to make it work.

All babies including those of wildlife, tend to reboot more often. Hence within a short time, they are able to forget what happened. And this offers a window for nice humans to sneak into their adorable hearts.

They may fall in love with you but that does mean they wont hurt the rest

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Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”

Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”

Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”. Two free days every week with no humans in it.

Weekend

In our usual days arrangement, weekend involves Saturday and Sunday. Days that have been set aside for rest. Allowing us an opportunity to rejuvenate our bodies.

It is also used to mark the end of a week.

They are very important days for a healthy day, sharp brains and time to spend with our loved ones.

Why not allow wildlife a ”weekend” too?

Conservation areas are always open each given day, including the weekends and holidays.

In fact, they are super busy during the weekends and holidays.

This means that they can only be free from humans during the nights. But when poachers arrive, then they have humans poking into their lives more than required.

We are yet to have an effective system that regulates number of visitors inside these conservation areas at all time. Ending up having human traffic during the peak seasons.

This is very stressing to the wildlife whereby the shy ones become the most affected.

Who doesn’t need a space for themselves?

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The Painted Wolf aka African Wild dogs

The Painted Wolf aka African Wild dogs

The painted wolf is also known as African wild dogs. They are one of the most amazing canines in the wild. Unlike the dogs at home, they don’t do so well under captivity conditions.

African Wild Dog

They have been given a number of names, i.e painted hunting dogs, painted wolf, African hunting dog, African painted dog as well as cape hunting dog.

Due to their body spots, they are easily confused for hyenas.

They are very social animals and live in packs. Doing most stuff as a group especially hunting. They are very loyal to each other in the pack. To a point whereby, they feed one of their own who may have got injured during the hunts.

As per the IUCN, we have less than 2000 African wild dog roaming in the world.

Subspecies include:

  • Cape Wild dog found in Souther Africa.
  • East African will dog found in East Africa.
  • West African wild dog found in both West and Central Africa.
  • Chad wild dog found in Chad.
  • Somali wild dog found in the Horn of Africa.

This shows how they have been dispersed all over the place. This is due to their behavior of spreading out in their respective packs. Each pack has a dominant male and a dominant female responsible for breeding. The rest of the pack helps in raising the pups.

Fact

The hunting success is 80% . This means they are going to make a kill when they hunt.

What’s happening

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Pangolins are about to be Extinct in the Near Future

The Vulnerable Pangolins are about to be Extinct in the Near Future

The vulnerable pangolins are about to be extinct in the near future. They are quickly exiting our planet. And we are the ones pushing them away.

Pangolins

It’s the only mammal covered by a large protective keratin scales.

They are nocturnal mammals that live in burrows or hollow trees. This is dependent on their species. They are insectivorous. Mainly feed on ants and termites using their long tongues.

They keep much to themselves. Are solitary animals that only come together during mating. They raise their offsprings for about two years before parting ways.

Pangolin species

They are eight species of pangolins across the world and they can be categorized per their IUCN status.

  • Vulnerable species include African black-bellied pangolin, tree pangolin, giant pangolin and ground pangolin.
  • Endangered species include Indian/thick-failed pangolin and Philippine/Palawan pangolin.
  • Critically endangered species include Chinese pangolins and Sunda pangolins.

Why are we so obsessed with keratin yet we don’t care about the one in our finger nails?

Just like rhino’s horns, pangolin’s scales are made of keratin. Same materials found in our finger nails and hair.

People cut their nails and hair all the time. If they need keratin that bad, they can just talk with the Saloons for the collection of the products. By the way, there was a very interesting baby girl and group of people that volunteered to collect fingernails for these people.

Superstition has been passed with time. There are no healing properties in these animal parts. If you are looking for healing without destroying nature and it’s wildlife. Take a walk in the woods. You will be healed beyond your expectations and no one will have to die in the process.

Let’s stop this nonsense which results to killing of innocent wildlife.

Threats facing Pangolins

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Is it out of Necessity or Greed?

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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Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet. From the colorful colors and unique shapes. Have you ever seen an “ugly’ tree, flower or even wildlife.

Everything in the natural world is beautiful due to the beauty added by wildlife and flora.

Their beauty have inspired our fashion

Most of the fabrics resemble patterns of both flora and fauna (plants and animals).

Who doesn’t love animal prints. From the amazing stripes resembling zebras, the unique dots inspired by cheetahs, leopards, just to name a few.

This is also one of the threat facing wildlife. Because we not only copy their style, but end up killing them for it. To get a snake skinned bag, or a pouch made of girraffe hide, mats and coats from wildlife fur.

We are allowed to copy cat their style but not kill them. Fur, hide and skin belongs to them. And not to be used for our shoes, bags, coats, etc.

Their beauty offer the best interior and exterior designs

Have you ever visited a place whose decorations and design has been inspired by nature or wildlife. From the furniture, walls, roofing and simply everything in them.

There’s this place where the owner ha constructed an artificial waterfall. He has all kind of colorful birds which have roofless houses. Hence can be able to fly away when they want. An aquarium and all the furniture are from trees at their raw state. No smoothing has been done .

Spending a weekend there is the best idea you can ever have. Allows you to experience nature at a whole other new level.

Gone are the days when we had the boring walls painted of one color. Nowadays, we are not afraid to add more color.

We are also introducing live plants into our living rooms, hotels and any places we spend time at.

Just to confirm how nature brings more than colour into our lives.

They offer companion and more

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Ways My Pets have been awesome to me

Ways My Pets have been awesome to me

Yes, there are various ways my pets have been awesome to me. They have been literally my life guardian angel ever since I was a small kid.

Being the shortest, shy and fat kid, you become the easiest target for bullies. They will also pick on you, as they make your life at school miserable and kinda a hell on earth.

I was quite bullied at school and due to my introvert nature. I rarely shared with anyone , except my pets. My bullies upgraded their technique each passing day and they seem to enjoy this hellish ride.

Back at home, it was different. My parents tried their best to create us a paradise. They offered what they could and help us understand why they were unable to provide some of things we may have requested. They encouraged open communication but there was a little problem.

They both worked in our shop which happened to be the same place where we lived. So they work up ver early to open the shop, and closing time was pretty late. So if you needed to tell them something or have a talk with them about anything. It would have to happen at the shop. So somehow, it was not an easy place to go and tell mama about the bullying stuff there.

I feared the customers hearing of my problems and the interruptions as they come to buy stuff. So as much as mum encouraged us to tell her anything bothering our little souls. Her schedule was pretty occupied.

And this where my pets came in handy. Luckily dad introduced me to pets very early . My first pets were a cat and two squarrels. They were my world and everyone in the house respected their existence . Even if they did like the company as I did.

My pets listened to me

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Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

Indeed, charity begins at home. Same applies to flora and fauna (plants and animals). They will both excel in their native places of origin. That’s where we got to get terms such such indigenous, exotic as well as invasive.

  • Indigenous species : applies to species that occur in a given places naturally with no human intervention.
  • Exotic species : applies species that have been introduced by humans knowingly or accidentally.
  • Invasive species: applies to species that go beyond their introduction after being introduced y humans.

Why do we move species around away from their original home?

Humans are known of taking ownership of things they love or attracted to . Whatever brings profit or anything positive. They will try to exploit it more.

  • Science and technology has brought a lot of developments in our world. Hence the need to learn more and engage in a wide variety of experiments. We experiment on animals to judge if it will be safe for humans. In the process move species away from their native places. We do so without putting species concern in considerations.
  • Love for petting different species. Unlike old days where dogs and cats were the only animals considered for petting. Nowadays, that’s not the case. You can almost pet every species. from the tiniest ones, to the beasts. And this has made us to move animals from far places. Even different continents. Either legally or illegally. But do we consider side effects of such movements?
  • The need to bring wildlife close to us. This has been the motivate behind any creation of zoos, orphanages, sanctuary or any man-made structures housing wildlife. As we settled into different places, we displaced wildlife and some ended up extinct. We tried to save them through such places. We also like having things as we want them. So we go different places, and bring wildlife from those areas back to our man-made structures.
  • Again, we rarely consider impact on these animals. That’s why you will find a number of species that are endangered but still present in several zoos and orphanages. Not to reintroduce their population back to the wild again, but to trap them till their days fades away.
  • Fortunately , some of these facilities try to do good for wildlife. But they are very few.
  • Grass is greener on the other side. By default, we tend to love whats on the other side or what we don’t have. That’s why we are attracted to rare and indigenous species. And have nothing much for the other ones. That’s why these poor species will be poached and killed mercilessly. Just for some class status or false believes.

Why do we value foreign and neglect our own at home?

We should learn from our bodies. A body will need a very closely related body part or else reject it. Our bodies can help us understand importance of not moving stuff around anyhowly.

We are prone to be attracted and care much for a species out of our range.but t care less of what we have. Hence neglecting them and eventually losing them for good.

Do you treat your visitors/guest same as you do your family at home. Do you cook special meals for both ? Offer the long beautiful smiles just to bring happiness on the table. I rarely think so, after all most drama is related to family stuff. That’s why most will easily mix and help strangers than they wil do their own families.

With that in mind, what will happen to the species that surrounds us. We will bypass them and love those we can’t have.

What’s my point?

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