The populations of human are on the rise, cities as well as towns are growing at a speedy rate, natural resources are getting used up, and natural habitations are being destroyed. What is even worse is that practically no action is being taken to rectify the resulting damage. Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/ProtectWilderness to get started.
In Africa, more than 1,700 rhinoceros have been killed by poachers since 2010. They are hunted because certain cultures in Asia believe that their horns, which contain keratin, have therapeutic properties that are able to cure a lot of diseases including cancer. Each year, the soaring demand for ivory in the black market has resulted to the killing of over 30,000 elephants. Their ivory represents wealth as well prosperity and is used as ornaments. Even the population of African lions has plunged to a meager 15,000 from 100,000 way back in the 1900’s, and this as a result of the destruction of their habitat, poaching, along with the popularity of prized hunts among local as well foreign tourists.
All of the above-mentioned species are part of Africa’s “Big 5,” which happens to be the life line of the tourism industry of Africa. Their loss will not only destroy the tourism sector, but will as well disable bio-diversity of the country. Bio-diversity affects not only the animal kingdom but as well humankind.
Training your children to appreciate and benefit from the environment at a young age is crucial to the continued existence of natural eco-systems and the many species that exist today. Children must be able to understand why nature is important, how a species affects another, and the great benefits that people derive from the environment. Even more important is that these young ones will be able to experience nature’s beauty and to realize why they need to preserve and protect the wilderness.
It is only by educating today’s children that we will be able to witness changes in environment conditions from what we are currently seeing. The younger generations have the will-power to break cultural believes to prove that using animal products is ineffective and bring about a positive development in the natural environments, not the deterioration that is currently happening.
Every living eco-system forms a link and we will not be able to survive if a link within is broken. A breakdown in one eco-system is going to cause the collapse of all the rest at the same time. Wildlife is our legacy wherever part of the world you live. We all have the responsibility to protect wilderness. Our kids could be the key to wildlife protection. They just need to be taught how and given the chance to do so. Go to the Wilderness International Canada website for more details.