Thursday, January 23, 2014
Thoughtless Thursday: Choices and Voices
Today I'm participating in Ruckus the Eskie's inaugural Thoughtless Thursday blog hop, a day for not over thinking your post!
I heard a song today with a verse that struck me: "I've only got one voice in a million; and you ain't taking that from me, no, you ain't taking that from me."
When you love animals and the ecology of the planet it can be so easy to be discouraged. I feel bombarded by bad news sometimes. Lots of the emails from my favorite organizations are full of woe. You know: wolves killed, Keystone XL, Pebble Mine, the glaciers … and on and on.
It can be tempting to despair, to say, well there's nothing to be done. And that, I believe, is the tightrope these groups walk. If you make such a sad commercial about shelter animals that folks reach for the remote at the first image, are you really accomplishing your goal?
Less promoted are the success stories, and there are many of them!
Here are just a few:
-4000 acres along the Little Tennesee River acquired to connect Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Cherokee National Forest. (Nature Conservancy)
-10 cattle grazing allotments next to Yellowstone National Park were retired (with compensation to the ranchers); that's 250,000 acres of conflict-free habitat used by the Park's gray wolves. (National Wildlife Federation)
-Peregrine falcons have come back from just 324 individuals in 1975, to 3500 nesting pairs today, after gaining Endangered Species status in 1970. (Center for Biological Diversity)
P.S. The photos in the collage are my own; that's why there are no photo credits.
Posted by Amy Boyer