Hi there, I am interested in and working for world peace and for environmental concerns. This site is about becoming active. As I am a graphic and fine artist, one of my ways of helping is to make statements visually, and so I’ve made and will continue to make designs for Ts and Mugs etc. which are available for sale, so that everyone interested in making a difference can make their concerns known – preferably in peaceful groups and marches. Check out other vendors too. The important thing is that now is time to become a majority–numbers count. We are not going to be able to save many of the animals, plants, insects, and ecosystems threatened, and we won’t be able to bring back what’s already extinct. One may think, this is too depressing. Yes, much is sad, however, there is so much to be positive and excited about. We can help, many wonderful and astounding stories of people making a difference exist, and I will include links to some of these. We must stop adding to the problem–reducing atmospheric carbon emissions, putting carbon back where it belongs, in the dirt. No more fracking. Preserve national parks. Return lands to their original state. Help clean up rivers. Remove lawns and grow meadows. And though extremely controversial, for those planning on having kids, limit the size of your family to no more than three: seeking to achieve zero population growth. Help make strong the movement toward 100% Green. There are many opportunities, and I believe this is where our economic future lies. Make this century be called The Environment Revolution. It’s time. There will be (actually already are) many changes that we must address and need to prepare for. Let’s embrace the changes and learn to work with it. This is going to be a very challenging time, and we are up for it. Look what we’ve been able to accomplish in the past. Imagine what we can do for and in our future. So despite a fair amount of pain associated with this site as well as with the changes in our lifestyle, it is for the good. Walk into a department store and ask, where does all the surplus go? For some it this site will be a wake up call. Please join me and thank you. World Peace? Absolutely. Earth and World Peace go together Learning to treat all people with dignity and respect will not only bring World Peace, is no different than learning to treat our earth with dignity and respect. This is not a site of sound bites as one may have already guessed. For millennials, I welcome you to express you thoughts beyond 140 characters. Your lives depend on this. It depends on stepping outside of yourself and working hard. Working for the good and watching it manifest, with the help of hundreds of others, make life worthwhile (worth while). Lastly, I am a Nichiren Buddhist, and, hence, my job is earth and world peace, I share a little about this beautiful practice, and I share a little about my fine art sort of career. These including the section on environmental issues are categorized and found in the right-hand column. With respect.
Category: Save Our Home: Endangered Species
This section is primarily concerned with endangered species. Included are links to other sites for information or donations, such as the World Wildlife Fund etc. Examples of things that you can do to help animals are included here as is news of things going on in the world–both inspirational and tragic. The designs are available on t-shirts, mugs, etc. at cafepressdarthandworld peace.com Please like me if you like it. Thank you for caring.
These guys are about as cute as they come. Left to right from your perspective is Herman, Irving and Gertrude. They are named after the three baby birds my best friend and I raised when we were about eleven. Gertrude is a Chachi Tree Frog. This guy come from Choco Rainforest, a threatened habitat in Ecuador.
In the center, Irving, lives primarily in humid lowland forests and can be found Nicaragua, Honduras, Coast Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. He’s called the Splendid Leaf Frog, and I cannot agree more. They are nocturnal and arboreal. The only time they come down from the trees is when they breed in tiny fishless pools or tree holes that have collected water.
In 2003 an on-site (in situ) conservation project was designed for the Splendid Leaf From in the Guayacan Rainforest Reserve. Since these frogs breed in water-filled cavities in standing or fallen trees, an attempt to simulate breeding sites using plastic tubs were implemented. The intention of this project was to create artificial reproductive habitats as in their breeding sites in the wild had become very limited. The researchers were hoping to increase the size and vigor of the existing population. They placed tadpoles in these pools, and the project proved to be very successful. In 2007, the researchers increased the sizes of these artificial pools allowing for many more frog to in habit the reserve. This is one example of what conservationists have done to help these small often overlooked group of animals, animals that are as important as every species on the planet.
Herman is a Troschel’s Tree Frog also found throughout South America. They too live in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rivers. Their habitat is also threatened.
If you find yourself out and about in areas where frogs live, be careful. Unless you know your frogs, do not touch. Some of them secret lethal substances as a protection against predation. It works. Your beautiful eyes, may have Xs in them.
A terribly sad story has surfaced regarding the Kordofan Giraffes, a severely endangered species that is found in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. The following information comes from both The Huffington Post and The National Geographic Society. The National Geographic video shot by David Hamlin telling the following story can be accessed here. I suggest that you read this tiny summary of the story before watching so as to prepare yourself for an extremely gruesome tale, narrated by Hamlin.
The story begins innocently. The video introduces you to three of the 40 Kordofan Giraffes in existence. Twelve hours after this video was shot, David Hamlin was told, a a ranger patrol heard ten shots. Too late to investigate, they returned the next day to find these rare and beautiful animals dead, splayed, bellies sliced open, and tips of their tails gone.
The poachers slice open their prey’s bellies to attract vultures in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the crime. These poachers were not interested in the meat. All they were after were the tips of their tails.
The tails are used by Congoles men “as a dowry to the bride’s father if they want to ask for the hand of a bride” according to director for African Parks, Leon Lamprecht and National Geographic’s David Hamlin. In the same article, it is noted that the American Wildlife Foundation reports that these long black hairs are also used in good luck bracelets, often sold by the blackmarket to tourists, made into fly whisks and thread. (Chris D’Angelo: Huffington Post. 01/2017)
Hamlin’s anger and frustration with the investigation, lead him to make it his job to “combat wildlife crime using his cameras. Thank you Mr. Hamlin.
The world population of giraffes is in decline, and all giraffes are endangered by poacher collecting tails. The poaching of giraffes for meat and their coats has been on the increase.
Oddly, in their attempts to chase down a meal, spotted hyenas often bite off the giraffe’s tail, thus saving their lives from being massacred by poachers. East African officials say that this phenomena is due the absence of lions, resulting in few to none carcasses for the hyenas to eat. Giraffe’s have increasingly become a target for the hyenas, and often all they catch is the tail.
Poaching policies have helped, but much more needs to be done: immediate help for Kodofan Giraffe. Many organizations are involved in saving all species of giraffes to save giraffes from extinction. As one reads the various stories/reports on this blog, one may discover a pattern here. The decreasing populations of large predators such as lions has a major effect on the ecosystems. Here, no carcasses for the hyenas. In Allen Savory’s findings, large predators keep herds of grazers moving resulting in biodiversity and carbon rich soil. Though some of nature’s genetic experiments fail, every ecosystem on this planet has evolved to ultimately flourish. Humankind is increasingly destroying all of these ecosystems. We must help stop the pending tragedies that face us. Please help. As there are many organization helping Giraffes, check out Google Save Giraffes or Save Kordofan Giraffes.
In order to express the beauty and importance of the shark to it’s various ecosystems, Benjamin Von Wong created an extraordinary photograph entitled Shark Shepherd
He says, “Sharks are the shepherds of the sea, essentially to make sure everything flourishes. The more the sharks in an area, the more the fish population, and these all work together in beautiful harmony to insure a healthy diverse sea life and ultimately help to maintain the balance of the underwater ecosystem. The photos … are to help “transform the way we see sharks and prove that something beautiful is worth protecting. Just like sharks are the shepherds of the sea, we are the shepherds of our generation, and we can make a difference and have our voices heard (National Geographic).”
All of us are familiar with the Great White Shark, made infamous by the movie Jaws. Did you know that there are roughly 440 shark species know at this time, and that they live in every ocean/sea on the planet.
According to Michael Graham Richard whom is involved in Science and Ocean Conservation, “it is estimated that up to 100 million sharks are killed by people every year” as a result of commercial and recreational fishing. As a result, many sharks species are endangered, and little regard is given to the protecting most of them. Why? Because of people’s fear of shark attacks. “The average number of human fatalities worldwide per year between 2001 and 2006 from unprovoked shark attacks was 4.3.”
I argue, that this number may increase as seal populations disappear: once again due to human beings. The most dangerous animal on the planet. So what do we do. There is much evidence that sharks were swimming in the oceans during the dinosaurs. As noted above, they are invaluable participants in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems, and so it is time to protect them. I am deeply grateful to Benjamin Von Wong, Michael Graham Richard, Wikipedia (an extensive list of threatened sharks) and others for bringing this to my attention.
On Michael Graham Richards site, treehugger.com, he discusses 10 endangered shark species, many of which are unknown to us: some very odd indeed. To see photos of these amazing creatures and to learn a little bit more about them go to his site, otherwise, do visit Wikipedia.
In brief he includes the critically endangered Angel Shark that looks like a disc with a tail. He notes that “during the comprehensive Mediterranean International Trawl Survey program from 1995 to 1999, only two angel sharks were captured from 9,905 trawls.”
The Daggernose Shark is also critically endangered. In one decade, a decline of 90% was recorded off the coast of Brazil. They expect similar declines elsewhere. Fishing pressures in the regions they live in “continues to grow more intense.
Another critically endangered species include the Dumb Gulper Shark, which lives off the coast of Australia.
The Zebra Shark, Great White, Shortfin Mako Shark, Basking Shark, Whale Shark, Dusky Shark are vulnerable, and lastly, the Speartooth Shark is endangered.
The World Conservation Union and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are active in recommending the implementation of conservation schemes and the expansion of fishery monitoring of various species. Nevertheless, there is great opposition from many countries to curb their fishing practices or the brutal and unnecessary killing of “man-eaters.” As said earlier, the rarity of attacks on humans is not a reason to indiscriminately slaughter these very important animals.
Butterflies. Is there anyone that doesn’t like butterflies?
Children have always marveled at the flutter byes that visited their yards, gardens and vacant lots. It was in school that I discovered that these seemingly fragile insects were the result of a magical process called metamorphosis. In grammar school, many of us got to watch this happen. We fed leaves to caterpillars in terrariums, and, in a short while. these caterpillars began to weave thin silk-like threads over their entire bodies ultimately disappearing for a number of days–finally emerging as beautiful butterflies. Just before being ‘reborn’, the chrysalis became fairly transparent as the butterfly formed. I was transfixed.
Most people in North America can identify the Monarch Butterfly as millions of them visit every single state of the contiguous United States (the ‘lower 48’) during their yearly migration from their winter quarters in Mexico to as far north as the southern Canada–a one way journey measuring over 2000 miles one way. Four generations make this happen meaning that the great grandchildren of those that began this northern migration complete the round trip. This is the reason that despite many butterflies being endangered, I am focusing on this particular species as it is one of the only insects that migrate like birds, traveling thousands of miles pollinating a variety of vibrantly colorful flowers along the way, maintaining biodiversity and thereby contributing to the health of the earth. The flowers that Monarchs favor are colorful, grow in clusters, are open during the day, and have flat landing pad surfaces.
Habitat loss, particularly associated with the destruction of milkweed by the use of Monsanto’s Roundup, known as the ‘butterfly killer’ is the primary reason why the Monarch Butterfly population is in major decline. So much so that Friends of the Earth has called for immediate action to help save this amazing insect. It appears that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) may cave to Monsanto’s pressures. Contact and donate now at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Milkweed is the only food that Monarch Caterpillars eat. As mentioned earlier, it takes four generations to make the round trip. If there is no more milkweed, their are no new generations. Imagine the effect that this will have on all of us. This is serious.
The following focuses on the Monarch migration east of the Rocky Mountains. Having wintered in Mexico, the wintering Monarchs (calling them the parent generation) begin their journey in March flying north stop in Texas and other southern states to feed and breed. The offspring, or first generation, begin their journey north in April and May, summering in the Northern States and Southern Canada. The second and third generations are born during the summer months. Around mid-August, the last generation (3rd or 4th) heads south to their wintering grounds in Mexico. The last generation that completes this roundtrip are the generation that begins the migration North the following year.
As noted in the chart above, one might ask how is this possible if adult butterflies only live 2 to 6 weeks–some say 6 to 8 weeks. The wintering generation are unique in that they go through a cycle of suspended development known as diapause (a hibernation period). Their life span can be greater than seven months.
Butterflies do not actually sleep. Rather, they rest or become quiescent, at night or during the day when it is cloudy or cool. Their eyes are open, hanging upside down from twigs or leaves. Though most butterflies are hidden from sight, the thousands of monarch butterflies at rest often turn the trees that they’re suspended from bright orange — certainly not hidden.
So how is it that Monarch Butterflies make the same journey year after year especially when their trip requires many generations to complete? How this travel plan is passed on is coded in the Monarch genetic makeup. The navigational tool kit is one of those wonderful miracles of nature and the evolutionary process.
Monarch butterflies have a sophisticated system, named a time-adjusted sun compass by the scientists that study them. A time-adjusted sun compass tells us that Monarchs use the sun to navigate. Since the sun/earth is always moving, the compass adjusts in accordance to the position of the sun to maintain the direction of their migration. Knowing what time it is essential, and a part of Monarch’s antennae contains a circadian clock (a 24-hour internal clock). Depending upon the time of day, the butterflies can then tell approximately where the sun should be taking into account the changing tilt of the earth to the sun. Special photoreceptors inside their eyes follow the angle of the sun. I wonder what this alogorithm looks like.
Again, if interested in helping to save the Monarch Butterfly, contact Friends of the Earth email@example.com/or Save the Monarch Butterfly. The later includes ’10 Neat Things about Monarch Butterflies’ and a wonderful video entitled ‘The Beauty of Pollination.’ Thank you.
P.S. I am not affiliated with any of the organizations, people, or reading materials and videos that I recommend or offer links to (exceptions are the videos I make and take credit for). My intention is to inform and to get people to make it known how important it is to get involved in helping to fix our planet. It is possible. One overlooked yet very important way to help heal our planet is discussed in an article entitled Alan Savory and Schwartz’s Cows Save the Planet. Go to Table of Contents: Environmental Concerns and scroll down. Table of Contents: Environmental Concerns and Solutions Also highly recommend reading, Cows Save The Planet.
Lastly, to support this blog and to get people to make loud statements about what they care about, many of the designs are available on wearing apparel, mugs, hats etc. This is my job, and I do need to support for what I do. I would be very grateful. Even so, my main concern, especially now that we have climate change deniers in charge of the EPA and other departments in Washington, is to get loud about our concerns. Visually state these whether you wear my designs or others. It is vastly important that we act. With all my love and respect for you, all sentient beings, and the beautiful home we call earth. NMRK
One of the oldest living creatures on earth, Sea Turtles are believed to have begun populating the seas 65 million years ago, around the time when dinosaurs disappeared. Though they developed in the oceans, it is believed that they did a stint out of the water only to return.
Now all six species of sea turtles are on the endangered species list. Again, human population growth, and hence coastal development along with sea levels rising, are destroying their nesting habitats. Pollutants and oil spills are also to blame for diminishing population of these important and beautiful animals. Go to National Wildlife Federation to learn more about sea turtles and for donation information. Restoring their habitats also means restoring environmental niches. Everything on this planet is important.
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I love frogs, especially tree frogs. Apparently many people do not consider these animals cute, beautiful and charismatic creatures. I cannot imagine this.
I remember hearing that Frog populations were beginning to disappear fifty years ago. They were considered to be the above ground canary warning us that something was wrong with our environment. In the past, miners took canaries into the mines to detect poisonous gases, such as carbon monoxide. Need I tell you, that a canary belly-up was a bad sign. The dying off of frogs are due to deforestation, and in time rising seas will wipe out many too as the islands they live on are taken over by the sea.
What’s really killing amphibians, tree frogs focused on here, is the “first major wildlife disease outbreak in the world.” (National Geographic). A water north pathogen called chytrid fungus is the culprit that is decimating amphibian populations. Some amphibians such as the American Bullfrog are resistant to this disease though they may be carriers of this disease. (amphibian ark)
Cusuco National Park, a cloud forest, in Honduras is one of the most biodiverse natural habitats in the world, especially for amphibians. The populations of the extremely diverse group of tree frogs that live in this Park are disappearing rapidly. Local inhabitants who have the pleasure to see these beauties everyday, for they are everywhere, are saddened by the loss these animals and fear there extinction.
Critically Endangered in Honduras. In the last 10 years, 80% of them are gone.
Fortunately, Jonathan Kolby, a biologist and National Geographic explorer, has set up the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center (HARCC), to study and treat those infected. There is a cure. When free of the disease they are returned to wild. HARCC is running a fundraiser right now (10/17/16). Please support them.
Now for a bit of good news. The White Rhinoceros is making a comeback on the African Savanas, and Black Rhinos are over populating their preserves. Fortunately the World Wildlife Fund’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is relocating these wonderful animals to many other areas in Africa. By the way the White Rhino isn’t white. They have a very wide mouth that looks much like a vacuum cleaner, and someone in the past confused wide for white–that’s one theory anyway.
This is great news when one considers that in the last forty years the decline in their population was 80%. Black Rhinos population once numbered 500,000 thousand. Today there are 29,000. In 1885, the White Rhino was thought to be extinct until fifty of them were discovered in Umfolozi. There are now 12,000. Very cool.
The extinction rate of these magnificent animals is the result on one thing, their horns–composed of they same stuff as our fingernails. In Yeman, Rhino horns were favored as the most beautiful handles for a knife called jambiya. Fortunately, education initiatives and a fatwa (laws) against rhino horns has reduced this practice.
However, the medicinal use of Rhino horns in China to cure or help people with a variety of ailments is the primary reason for why Rhinos are still being poached all over Africa today– this practice started thousands of years ago. If you have the stomach for it, you can see how horrible this is, just search for pictures of Rhinos and you’ll run into some very ugly and sad pictures of mutilated Rhinos, some still alive and scared for life. Many scientists have looked into the fingernail properties of Rhino horns and find nothing medicinal about them, and yet this hasn’t stopped people from selling these product, and why wouldn’t they. On the black market, Rhino horn clippings are worth three times the value of gold.
What’s great is that the Rhinoceros is one of the big five most popular tourist attractions in Africa and has become a 10 billion dollar industry–the other four are lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo. Cheetahs are sixth.
Now for the good and bad news. For $15,000, you can get a Rhino for your privately owned preserve. In some cases, they are protected as best as possible by well trained teams of armed men who search the savanas everyday for signs of poachers. Obviously this is good.
However, there are many privately owned reserves that have commodified rhinos. In fact, name an animal and you’ll will find similar reserves popping up everywhere. Many of the owners of these reserves boast that they are saving these animals from extinction. What’s really going on is summed below. For more detail, read about it in the October 2016 National Geographic, article entitled Deadly Trade. Bryan Christy and Investigative Journalist gave up his law practice to help those unable to defend themselves–animals. Here’s what is really going on with Rhinos and other animals at some privately owned reserves.
In short, many of these reserves exist to attract American hunters interested in killing game that are not suppose to be hunted. There are also Rhino Ranches where large population of these magnificent animals live in crowded fenced in spaces for the sole purpose of ‘farming’ their horns to be exported to China. The horns grow back. As Bryan Christy says, these animals are “biologically dead” as they serve no purpose for their existence in the natural world. I would add that these beautiful beings have been sole murdered. He met one rancher that simply killed them for their horns. When asked about this the rancher said, they’re my property and I can do anything I want to to them. His karmic journey is not going to be a pretty one. What’s even more tragic is that South Africa is considering opening up the Rhino Horn Trade to the world. Do pick up a copy of the October 2016 National Geographic to read more.
Many people are working to change this and they need plenty of help.
The World Wildlife Fund is a great organization and is responsible for the protection of Rhinos. Do consider visiting their website and donate to your favorite endangered animals. As well as the Black and White Rhinos, consider the Indian Rhino (Great One Horned Rhino) who looks like an armored tank, the Sumatran Rhino, seriously endangered, and the Javan Rhino — only 50 of this Asian species are left. Three of the five rhino species all have a 5O% change of becoming extinct within 3 generations.
And check out saveanimalsfacingextinction.org and contribute to help these and many other animals facing extinction. Thank you.
Most people don’t necessarily hear or possibly care about lizards. All animals are precious and all animals are important to their biotas (the animal and plant life of a particular region, habitat, or geological period). Any animal’s disappearance can dramatically affect their specific ecosystem. Imagine an increasing insect population as lizards and frogs disappear. I suspect that some people my think that lizards are immune to a changing climate, they been around for a very long time.
Well, there is evidence that lizards are being affected by climate change. With the exception of humans, animals cannot put on a jacket or light up the furnace to get warm. And since lizards need to warm themselves to be active, one might think that global warming isn’t going to have an effect on these wonderful creatures. Every animal has adapted to their biotas including a range of temperatures, their diets (broad or very specific), each have their predators and have various means to save themselves from predation and so on. Animals cannot quickly adapt though, unfortunately, many viruses and some insects can. Animals cannot simply pick up and move somewhere else. If the animal that goes extinct is a keystone species, the entire habitat may collapse without them, think of the beaver. Any change in an environment has an affect, and all life is impacted by global warming. Let’s not forget that entire islands will go under water as the seas rise in which case many unique habitats and animals will simply disappear forever. We will not be able to save everything.
Now for the Lizard. There is little data on the wellbeing of reptiles, though there is some. The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports the following. Having “compared recent and historical surveys for 48 Mexican lizard species at 200 sites,” they discovered that “Since 1975 12% of the local populations have gone extinct.” Using this data, they “verified physiological models of extinction risk with observed local extinctions and extended projections worldwide.” They estimate that since 1975, “4% of local populations have gone extinct worldwide. By “2080 local extinctions are projected to reach 39%”– 20% species extinctions worldwide. These “global projections were validated with local extinctions observed from 1975-2009 for regional biotas on four other continents.” This suggests that “lizards have already crossed a threshold for extinctions caused by climate change.”
As global warming is accelerating more quickly than predicted just a few years ago, I would argue that the rates of local and worldwide extinctions for lizard populations have increased. Lizard lovers, buy a t-shirt, and march. Get Washington acting now. Make the 21st Century the Environmental Revolution, and do what you can to help change the path we are on. I’m talking to millennial too, it’s your future. Blessings to all. With deep respect and love as always.
Thirty thousand (30,000) elephants are KILLED each year. In the last twenty (20) years, many African countries have lost ALL of their rhino population, and the worldwide population of lions have been cut in half.
Hi everyone, Today I’m including African Elephants to my cache of endangered species. They are quickly disappearing due to ivory poachers and habitat loss. Some illegal Ivory has been traced to terrorist activities. It is estimated that elephants, rhinos and lion populations will be extinct in the wild in fifty years or our lifetime depending on the species one is talking about. Do not let this happen.
Poaching Ivory as been taken over by organized crime syndicates using sophisticated tracking technology and high-powered weaponry. Large numbers of elephants are killed at once, and these monsters cannot be tracked, so no one has been able to stop them.
The other day I received the following from Save Animals Facing Extinction. “Domestic Ivory markets will be closed to prevent further laundering of illegal Ivory through legal systems.” Good news except there are several countries refusing to acknowledge this vote–Japan, having large domestic ivory trade, being one of them.
Then they sent this news, Oct 5, 2016. “…world leaders rejected a complete ban on the trade of elephant and lion parts”, making these magnificent animals ever closer to extinction in the wild.
Furthermore, “Zimbabwe is reportedly using bull hooks to coax baby elephants and lions in and out of containers”: destination China. One young lion “allegedly captured” is said to be a male pride member of Cecil, the venerated lion killed by the American dentist Walter Palmer. According to Save Animals Facing Extinction, Zimbabwean Water and Climate Minister plans to expand the capture of live baby elephants to more countries. These babies are stuffed into pens and forever separated from their families. They are in great distress, abused and injured.
Though laws exist to stop poaching elephants, lions and rhinos, so much more needs to be done. In the wild, “an elephant is killed every 15 minutes. A rhino is shot in Africa every 9.5 hours (just for their horns, and about five wild lions are killed everyday. Go to Save Animals Facing Extinction and contribute to these or other animals in peril. Thank you.
There are thousands of government representatives and conservations meeting at this very moment in South Africa discussing how to save animals. Poachers must he held accountable.