In the UK the government has decided to ease the lockdown. We feel quite bittersweet about it, actually.
Lot's of reasons why for us, but the main one is that with the world becoming busier again, Earth and Nature will continue to suffer because most humans are selfish. Most want to return to normal. But where did "normal" get us?
It got us to here. This situation. A pandemic.
The real endangered species are animals because we already know that this pandemic is the consequence of mankind's invasion of the natural order of things. To quote the brilliant Dr Jane Goodall, "We brought it on ourselves" because of the "absolute disrespect" humans have shown for the natural world around them.
And she is so right. Mum and I both agree. Jane Goodall also added,"We hunt them, kill them, eat them, traffick them, sell them for meat in wild animal meat markets in Asia and Africa, and we have these intensive farms where animals are crowded in unsanitary conditions, terrified and frightened. This is how this particular coronavirus, COVID-19, has spilled over."
Top 10 List of Endangered Animals (source - One Kind Planet )
9. Amur Leopard
8. Sea Turtles
6. Sumatran Elephant
We know of so many others too.
Like the beautiful Snow Leopard and Scottish Wildcat
The 15th Annual Endangered Species Day on May 15th, 2020
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and learn about endangered species and how to protect them. Due to the global coronavirus crisis, Endangered Species Day 2020 will primarily be celebrated through online events, digital actions, and individual activities.
More info here https://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/
From the World Land Trust in partnership with Mum's favourite band Nightwish, here is this video that really moved us both. Mum actually reacted to it a couple of months ago on her YouTube Channel.
From the World Land Trust:
"The video released by the symphonic metal band celebrates the work of GESG in Mexico.
Nightwish, who have been charming fans across the globe with their anthemic music since 1996, began supporting World Land Trust last year when lead singer, Floor Jansen, auctioned a beautiful portrait painting on WLT’s behalf.Now, ahead of their new album release, Human:II:Nature on Aril 10th 2020, the band have released the video, exploring WLT’s work alongside GESG in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Their generous ongoing support to the project will support conservation in Mexico’s ancient forests.
Dan Bradbury, Head of Communications and Development, has said of the partnership, “It’s very exciting to be partnering with Nightwish. Their passion for the natural world shines through in their music, and the support of WLT and our partner GESG is a further demonstration that they are committed to making a positive impact on the environment whilst trying to influence others to do the same.”
About the World Land Trust
World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre.Through a network of partner organisations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife. Partnerships are developed with established and highly respected local organisations who engage support and commitment among the local community.https://www.worldlandtrust.org/who-we-are-2/
NIGHTWISH - Ad Astra (World Land Trust Partnership)
Athena Green-Eyed Beauty Artsy Mug
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Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the animal and wildlife organizations featured in this post.