While it is great to discover God’s green Earth, some worry that tourism will soon become a major problem. Loss of cultural heritage, ecological degradation, economic dependence… what are the consequences of mass tourism? And, most importantly, what can be done to limit – or at least, control – the damage?
The genetic diversity of the planet is like a vast library full of rare and unique texts. Wanton environmental destruction causing mass extinction is like burning a library, and much genetic engineering is like clumsy editing of classics of literature for commercial purposes.
Let’s say you have a killer whale in your backyard. You would need a big tank for sure. Actually, you would probably need more than one. After all, how are you going to clean the tank with a killer whale in it? Ok, so you have your two big tanks and your pet killer whale and it’s time to clean one of his tanks. How are you going to get a 9 ton sea mammal out of one tank and into another? If this sounds like a ridiculous problem, it’s not. Zoos and marine animal parks deal with problems like this every day.
Artist Janet Vanderhoof, inspired and deeply touched by the work of Patricia Sims and Michael Clark Filmmakers of “Return to the Forest” depicting the reintroduction of bringing the Elephants of Thailand back to the wild, felt a need to create her painting … ‘A Dream For The Queen’.
For most of us in the Western world, the first time we would’ve seen an elephant was likely in a circus or a zoo. But what we were never told is how the elephant, a wild animal that roams the jungles and savannah of lands far away, got to be in the zoo or the circus in the first place. It’s time to return elephants to their natural role in the forest before it’s too late for the elephants and the forests. Join us on World Elephant Day August 12th to find out how.