No elephants in 10 years?

Did you know that elephants and rhinos are killed at a rate that will have them extinct in ten years? I didn’t. And boy do I ever want to help stop that from happening. So when I stumbled upon Air Shepherds, I knew I wanted to support the endeavor, which just might be the saving grace of elephants and rhinos, with a little luck and a lot of help from me, you, and everyone else!

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Air Shepherds uses drones and supercomputers to stop poaching, and the results have been amazing! To quote from the IndieGogo-page, where I hope you’ll also pledge to help air shepherds stop more poachers, this is what’s happened where Air Shapherds have operated:

”Poachers operate under the cover of night, and until now, rangers have not had an effective way to find them before they kill.  We fly drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have infrared cameras and GPS on them and can send back thermal images of animals . . . and poachers. They’re electric, silent and invisible but provide the information operators use to rapidly vector rangers to the location of the poacher before he kills.

It works. Flying in one area where as many as 19 rhinos were killed each month, there have been no deaths – for six months.  None at all.”

Amazing results. Zero poaching. This sure is a beautiful marriage of technology and human endeavor! And I for one sure want to do what I can to stop elephants and rhinos from going extinct during my lifetime – for manmade reasons! – so I have pledged a sum of money and hope you’ll do the same. I also urge you to spread the word, to help make this crowdfunding campaign a successful one. I for one am rooting for The Lindbergh Foundation getting a lot of money from this campaign, making it possible to set up new Air Shepherd-teams all over Africa in areas where poachers are ruthlessly killing elephants and rhinos.

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There is nothing like witnessing nature in all its grandeur, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. Perhaps our scientific accomplishments can ensure our grand-children and future generations to come will also be able to sense the miracle of life so present in the wilderness?

 

 

Podcast 10/52 – a pledge and a challenge

“I have no intake at all of any feedback or criticism from anyone who’s not in the arena.”

That’s one of the quotes from this episode of Good Life Project with Brené Brown that really hit home for me: Brené Brown – On Gratitude, Vulnerability and and Courage.

She talks about what type of feedback she’s getting, and how she’s gotten very self knowledgeable as to what type of feedback she’ll even begin to consider to take in. The ones filled with love, with ”you’ve changed my life”, or the even grander ”you’ve saved my life”, she doesn’t want to read. It’s too much for her, and it’s not constructive, in the sense it doesn’t give her anything to work further with. The ones filled with hatred, she’s not looking at, at all, there’s no sense in that, whatsoever. What she does like are the constructive ones, suggesting she look into someone else research, a book or a study she should have included in her own research, and so on.

All of that makes perfect sense to me, but what really hit home was that quote that I shared at the top:

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What she’s saying there is this: if you are not vulnerable, putting yourself out there, in any way, shape or form, I’m not going to listen to what you have to say about me being vulnerable and putting myself out there.

I remember when I first listened to this episode. I heard what she said. All of a sudden, it made such perfect sense to me! Anyone not daring to be vulnerable, sharing themselves in that honest, open and authentic way (in any kind of arena, in any form, but putting themselves out there!) that Brené herself does so well, is not a good judge/critic of my vulnerability, of me putting myself out there. But if you do put yourself out there, if you are amongst those daring to be vulnerable, I am very interested in taking in what you have to share.

Today, on the International Women’s Day of 2015, that’s the message I want to help spread – if you dare to be vulnerable, then please also dare to reject the criticism and hatred of those who dare not, those who share not. Hatred doesn’t come from those who dare, it doesn’t come from those who share. No, from those on the arena, you will receive love, respect, compassion and empathy.

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I will dare to be vulnerable.
I will put myself out on the arena.
I will share and be love.

And here’s my challenge to you:
Dare to be vulnerable.
Put yourself out on the arena of your choice.
Share and be love. 

I’m hoping more people will dare to be vulnerable, because I think that’s the way forward to that loving society that I envision. So. Is this a challenge you’re willing to take on?