by Darian Hall & Fortunate M. Phaka We had the honour of being hosted by Limpopo-Lipadi nature reserve at their research house for 6 nights during July 2016. The main purpose of our visit was to join the reserve’s conservation education program as educators to 5 learners that were also afforded the privilege of spending
Written by: Fortunate M. Phaka What the world thinks I do. To the world I am a hopeless romantic head over hills in love with anything wild. My love is unconditional, always willing to lay my life on the line to save that one ancient tree or that rare butterfly. The world sees me as
The recent Southern African drought is considered one of the worst the region has ever experienced. Besides accelerated climate change there are other factors that contribute to worsening the effects of this particular drought. Some of these include water infrastructure that does not keep up with the region’s rapidly growing population and developments that confine
by Fortunate M. Phaka 03 October 2015: Young South Africans from all walks of life filled the busy streets of Sandton and demanded a stop to the injustices associated with poaching and canned lion hunting. Traffic was brought to a standstill as they marched in protest for a better future for them and countless animals
What if the key to making people more conscious of the environmental consequences of their actions rests in the wording used when referring to these environmental issues?
It is always good to hear both sides of the story and it is also fair to both parties involved. There’s currently a debate raging on about whether or not legalising trade in horn will be a good move in the fight against rhino poaching. The South African government has made no secret of their
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM6P4wRTyNc&w=854&h=510] Actress & Environmentalist Kate Bowen plays the role of ‘Citizen Carnage’, a self-centred modern human being leading a materialistic life filled with misconceptions about wildlife, the type of person the world does not need. Citizen Carnage does what she wants. She doesn’t care who is left crying, dead and extinct in her wake.
Conservation is rarely a black or white issue; not only from a racial perspective but from ethical and economic viewpoints as well. Conservation has one ultimate goal but people justify their involvement in conservation in many different ways. You get people that conserve wildlife solely for its inherent value and consider human beings to be
Sustainable development is a term that is not easy to define or interpret. For this reason sustainability is also a vague concept. At one extreme you have weak sustainability which allows for a trade-off between the environment and economic growth. At the other extreme there is strong sustainability which advocates for natural stocks to remain
The weeks spent working on conservation at ground level flew by like hours. The time to leave the veldt and head back to the big bad city had come. A few minutes following my return to civilization I noticed my breathing patterns were slightly different and a throbbing headache was starting to split my head
Growing up in the rural parts of South Africa and helping out in my grandmother’s garden I learned at an early age that the best way to get rid of weeds was to pull them out by the roots. My grandmother being a very traditional gardener did not believe in herbicides, and to this day
The world is like a living being. Like the cells, tissues, and organs of a certain organism working together to keep that organism alive so do the various components of the Earth. From microorganisms to elephants and their ecosystems right through to super-organisms, they all contribute as either cells, tissues or organs that are interconnected
Having rhinos and the moon in the same sentence sounds like some far-fetched fairy tale that Disney dreamt up. Truth is though; there is a similarity between the two as they are both leaving us albeit due to different reasons. As things currently stand this is a fairy tale without a happy ending. According to