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WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a direct consequence of

our broken relationship with nature. Scientists have long been warning us that

humanity’s destruction of nature, left unchecked, will result in the spread of

deadly diseases, droughts, famines and other disasters. For decades, amid the

hustle and bustle of our daily lives, these warnings fell on deaf ears. But we

no longer have the luxury to ignore the deep interconnection between human

health and nature. The continuous loss of habitats and biodiversity is threatening

the existence of all living beings, including us.

This is where conservation comes into play. Conservation is

the strongest weapon we have to protect the planet we call home. But while

conservation is crucial for our survival, its importance is not being

communicated to masses in an efficient way, especially where it matters the

most in the world. interiorsafarisea.com



348   11 months ago
Challenges to Shell’s seismic blasting on South Africa’s Wild Coast

From the Centre for Environmental Rights, South Africa: Challenges to Shell’s seismic blasting on South Africa’s Wild Coast

6 DECEMBER 2021

Background

In early 2013 Impact Africa applied for an Exploration Right for petroleum resources in terms of section 79 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (MPRDA). The Application was accompanied by an Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) which was submitted for approval in terms of (the then) section 39 of the MPRDA. After submission of the EMPr, the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) accepted the application on 1 March 2013, and required a Public Participation Process to be conducted.

PASA and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy issued Impact Africa with the Exploration Right on 20 May 2014. This right was renewed in 2017 and for the second time in 2020, effective for a period of two years from August 2021.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and its subsidiaries, as Operator of the Exploration Right, intend to commence with 3D seismic surveys for the exploration of petroleum resources in certain licence blocks off the Wild Coast region of South Africa.

According to the EMPr, the seismic survey involves extremely loud (220 decibels) underwater explosions or discharges at intervals of 10 to 20 seconds which are to continue 24 hours per day for four to five months. The EMPr provides that a vessel will tow an airgun array with up to 12 or more lines of hydrophones spaced 5 to 10 meters apart and between 3 and 25 meters below the water surface. The array can be upwards of 12,000 meters long and 1,200 meters wide.

Many prominent South African marine scientists have called on the government to halt the survey due to concerns about harmful impacts on South Africa’s marine ecosystems and coastal communities.

Two urgent applications were brought challenging the seismic surveys on behalf of interested and affected parties including local associations, environmental justice organisations and residents of the Wild Coast region.

Note that the Centre for Environmental Rights does not represent any of the parties in these matters.

Urgent interdict application brought by Border Deep Sea Angling Association, Kei Mouth Ski Boat Club, Natural Justice and GreenPeace Environmental Organisation in the High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape Division, Grahamstown) and represented by Cullinan & Associates Inc and Ricky Stone:

Letters:

Pleadings:

Confirmatory Affidavits:

Heads of Argument

Judgment

  • Judgment of the High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape Division, Grahamstown) (3 December 2021)
  • Outcome: Acting Judge Govindjee, for the court, dismissed the application, with costs. The court held that the applicants had failed to establish one of the requirements for an interdict – a well grounded apprehension of irreparable harm. The court found that the evidence used by the Applicants to establish this ground was speculative and that the mitigation measures proposed by Shell mean that the seismic survey activities must remain ‘low-risk.’

Urgent interdict application brought by Sustaining the Wild Coast NPC, Mashona Dlamini, Dwesa-Cwebe Communal Property Association and four Others in the High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape Division, Grahamstown) represented by the Legal Resources Centre and Richard Spoor Inc.

Pleadings:

259   11 months ago
The hurdles of working in conservation films

As a wildlife filmmaker based in a country like India that is high on blue chip and large scale productions and popular voices doing voice overs, specializing in conservation filmmaking is harder than one can imagine.

India is home to Bollywood, an industry that producers over 300-350 Hindi language films each year, my conservation film on roadkills stands almost no chance of getting noticed.

This makes it a challenge to hit that mark with your target audience and get the publicity ball rolling.

How do I address this gap? Well, we make them feel emotionally attached to the animal. 

You make it relatable.

You could look at the Big 5 or similar megafauna or make the story feel relatable and humanized. Personified.

Add the drama. Add conflict. 

Add the sense of adventure and the idea of pursuing something.

Make them feel like their involvement in this story is worth their time :) 




295   11 months ago
The Unsustainable Underbelly of Ski Resorts by George Kingston

George Kingston is an all-out outdoor person. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Sustainability Science & Practices from Stanford University. His training has motivated him to advocate for greater sustainability and accessibility within outdoor activities. These days, George is working as an actor and screenwriter to depict our relationships with the natural world.

We never thought about this and here at Mojostreaming, we thank George for educating us! 

Please read:  https://www.stories.requipper.com/post/the-unsustainable-underbelly-of-ski-resorts?fbclid=IwAR2KDi-ES5pbgycFo0qgM05P1VEs_gPpC26ImMfiKGNtnQJ7wN-wUjDZxPA

We would like to hear from you. Do you have any other suggestions on what other changes can be made?

409   1 year ago
A Tale of Two Species


Must love guns
And bullets and ballistics 
Projectiles exploding out of barrels
Travelling at an invisible speed
Streaking towards a target
Doesn’t see it coming
Although it’s only passing through
Not so bad if it’s inanimate 
Bullseye target, aim for the red spot
No real bull, of any kind
No buffalo, no elephant
But when an animal is the eye
The centre of the sights
Indeed the projectile will punch a hole
Tearing through the flesh
Smashing bone
Not compatible with life

Must love hunting
Pseudonym for killing
Taking a life warms the heart
A wife squeals in glee
As an elephant groans in pathos
Its life ebbs away, pathetically 
Could be another woman
And a newly dead giraffe
Still it’s mostly the usual suspects
Men with guns, misnamed hunters
What species is this, elsewhere explored
That takes such delight
In taking a majestic life
Whereas others would cry
At such waste of the wanton 

Must love inflicting pain 
Seeing an animal in the distance fall
Not so many clean shots
Not so many instant kills
Doesn’t kill the thrills though

Must love never showing empathy 
Definitely not feeling it
Or compassion or kinship with living things
No theory of mind
No kindness because it doesn’t kill

Must believe the lie
Of killing for conservation 
Taking a life for money, to preserve life
Mental contortions, gymnastics of belief
To accomodate oxymorons of the mind
For the normal mind not axiomatic
Just flagrantly obvious
This is a different species, newly classified
And its scientifically defiant name?
Homo Mortis 

We can only look forward to the day
Turn the guns on their own mentality
Target their own anachronistic thinking
‘Let’s go hunting lying tales instead’
A more worthy prey
Leave lions alone, and wolves
In fact any innocent animal in a sight

That’s it, more a tale about one species
Everything that they are
All their distinguishing traits
Are not like the other species
Missing from this story
(But soon to be added in #tectonictonic)
The rest of us

A.E. Lovell


267   1 year ago
Is Trophy Hunting Killing or Conservation! We want to hear from you!

If one trophy hunter can spend $200,000 to hunt exotic animals and say it is not about killing, and it is about helping wildlife conservation is he/she being realistic?  Wouldn't one say if it is not about the thrill of killing an animal and it is about the love you have for wildlife then why not use the money in a way that saves our wildlife and their future?


Isn't Trophy hunting more about the money versus conservation?  Breeding and raising wildlife is a million-dollar business.   Do you believe it is about conservation or about the money that flows into one's pocket? 

Let us take a look at one organization in Texas that claims to be about conservation:  This organization run by 2 people has convinced wildlife lovers and organizations that they care about conservation and with this approach has easily raised millions of dollars to get the business up and running! 

Mojostreaming has spoken with the founder and he believes we are not fully educated on what the organization is about.  We have invited him to be our guest on our talk show to help us better understand.  We are still waiting on his reply. 

We encourage you to look up wildlife ranching in America (most are in Texas)  One rancher received over 11 million from investors and I believe they easily convince people they are about conservation versus making money off of selling exotic animals to zoos and making money off of enclosed trophy hunting where people easily pay 10,000+ for a kill.

Please research and see what you find and come up with your own impressions. 

Let us watch this news documentary and ask yourself if it is okay to kill 8 to 14 other wild animals to bait one leopard so you can kill that one leopard.  The fee to participate in this sport cost over 26,000 with the loss of up to 15 animals. Why?  just so you can place the head on your wall, take a photo and brag to your friends, and then sell the skin for you to make money off of? Then tell yourself that you love wildlife and you are helping conservation. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NdopGBtb0A

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE IS A HUGE PROBLEM- it generates millions of dollars at the expense of the species.  Many animals are on the brink of extinction and one country to blame is the United States of America because that is where the big buyers come from:   Click on the link below to learn more: 

mojostreaming.com

Not only do we have to worry about the illegal trade of wildlife we have to worry about whether our Zoos are participating in such acts.   

Please watch:  mojostreaming.com

We can also debate hunting in your local state to control wild animals such as deer, raccoons, turkey, and more.  We are not doing enough to make sure hunters are following proper protocol.  Are licenses being purchased?  Are they tagging and reporting their kill and keeping it to their assigned limit?  Are they baiting- using salt block, night cameras, feeding stations?  Are they using dogs, scents, and other enticing products to fool the animal?  Are they hunting in enclosed fencing like they do in Peru, Indiana?  Are they dumping the carcass or taking it to the properly assigned stations for their area?  Are they hunting for food or for the trophy and bragging rights?  Are they completing the proper permits to be on someone's property, and tagging their stand?  It is easy to not follow such guidelines when you have stores like Rural King promoting special feed, salt blocks, and other baiting products during hunting season.   How about the hunting contest that is going on in America.

thehuntinggame.com


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Coyotes were killed at the Southern Illinois Predator Challenge in 2017. COURTESY OF MARC AYERS/HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES


Winners for shooting the most gray foxes, West Texas Big Bobcat Contest, February 2014  

Again in Texas

motherjones.com

Here is what we need to keep an eye on!  These types of events bring in a lot of money and money is more important the protecting our wildlife from extinction. 

We can just add one more thing to America's list to be known for.  Cruelty to animals though they wish to call it conservation. 

Mojostreaming asks that you share and educate others on the crisis our wildlife continues to face

To watch Tiger Mafia it is available on Amazon Prime in Europe and we will keep you posted when available in other areas. . 


510   1 year ago
MojoStreaming Art exhibition - Charlotte Williams - starting Monday October 4th


Charlotte Williams is a

highly respected and increasingly celebrated British fine artist with a

particular interest in wildlife.  She is entirely self-taught and was

drawing her first animal portraits as young as nine years old.

 

Despite being afforded a scholarship to Farnham Art College

in her late teens, she headed instead for South Africa and the ‘bush’, where

she spent several years living and working on a game reserve in the Eastern

Transvaal. Immersed in the raw environment of the veldt, it was here

that Charlotte’s life-long passion for animals and the wild was born, and

where she passed many hundreds of hours wandering, observing and sketching all

that she saw.

On her return to the

UK in the mid-1990s, Charlotte continued to dedicate herself to art,

this time in Brighton. She went on to exhibit her work in numerous shows -

locally, and in London. She has since been in great demand and

the majority of her work today is by commission, both at home and

abroad.  

 

Charlotte’s consuming affection for wildlife

conservation has remained paramount, and her depiction of Cecil The Lion,

who lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, has become one of

her iconic portraits.   She later auctioned the portrait to

raise funds and awareness of the battle against poaching, and she today

continues to support myriad conservation enterprises and wildlife foundations

across the globe. 

 

Each of Charlotte’s meticulous artworks aims to capture the

soul and spirit of her subjects, from behind the eyes, so that you might know

them and feel them, as if they were living and breathing before you.  Her

appreciation of wild animals, coupled with her unapologetic perfectionism -

enable her to create paintings and drawings that are unique and wholly

authentic. 

 

Though now based in her studio in rural East Sussex since

2010 she has an ever growing global following on social media and has

recently been made a signature member of Artists For Conservation. She is

represented by numerous people, including the prestigious London and Sussex

based gallery Rountree Tryon and has exhibited at, amongst others, Masterpiece

Art and Gallery Different in London

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664   1 year ago
Mojostreaming is a proud sponsor of this year's 2021 WCFF!

Mojostreaming is a proud sponsor of this year's 2021 WCFF! 

Be sure to watch last year's WCFF finalist and Mojo's favorite Documentary:  Trailer: youtu.be

Wach the film here: 
  https://www.mojostreaming.com/video/635/roam4wild-the-documentary-film

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) is an international film festival based in New York and Los Angeles, that promotes and produces interactive events around independent films that promote sustainability and the conservation of biodiversity. The WCFF has global partnerships in Brazil, China, Kenya, and Scandinavia as of November 2019.

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival was founded in 2010 by Christopher J. Gervais, FRGS at first as a 2-day event and has now grown to a 10-day festival.[1] It is a juried event with attendees and participants that include international wildlife conservationists, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, and people across the globe that work toward the preservation of global biodiversity. WCFF has a global educational outreach program with secondary and post-secondary institutions in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe as of 2019.

2019 Award Winners

  • Ecosystem/Habitat: "Desert Wetlands-Pulse of the Outback" by Geoff Spanner
  • Education: "I Am Lion" - Tauana Films
  • Endangered Species: "Dammed to Extinction" Peterson Hawley Productions
  • Feature: "Lost Kings of Bioko" by Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg[2]
  • Foreign: "Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade" - Four Corners Film Collective and World Animal Protection
  • Humans & Nature - "Humans and Nature" - produced by Ian Mauro and David Suzuki
  • Music & Nature - "The View South: Puma's in Patagonia" produced by Richard Szikler and Manuela Iglesias
  • Newcomer: "Queen of Taru" - Aishwarya Sridhar
  • Ocean’s: "The Secret Lives of Humpbacks" Andrew Stevenson, producer
  • Short: "African Drivrs-Lion Lights Story" Hector Salgado and Diana Soto, producers
  • Wildlife Conservation: "Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan" - Offspring Films Ltd and BBC Natural World
  • Wildlife Crime: "The Hidden Tiger" - Rescue Doc Films


Be sure to visit their website:  wcff.org

Board of Advisors: 

Jane Alexander

Casey Anderson

Gale Brewer

Holly Marie Combs

Fabien Cousteau

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Birute’ Mary Galdikas

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Dr. David Guggenheim

Dr. Paula Kahumbu, OGW

Ron Magill

Ian Redmond, OBE

Dr. E.O. Wilson

Dr. Patricia C. Wright

David Hamlin


1209   1 year ago
It is about time you learned a thing or two about empathy towards wildlife


It is about time you learned a thing or two about empathy towards wildlife. Here are a few books that will help

Original post by Snigdha Sharma
October 03, 2017
 03 Min Read

 

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a-zoo-in-my-luggage

A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell
In 1957, Gerald Durrell and his wife set out to "collect" animals from Bafut in the British Cameroons of West Africa for their zoo, a location for which was yet to be secured. They returned with a menagerie of creatures and the novel is an account of how he shifts the animals around England while scouting for a permanent location. 'Throughout my life,' he writes, 'I have rarely if ever achieved what I wanted by tackling it in a logical fashion.' A Zoo in my Luggage is a hilarious true story of animal relocation written in Durrell's inimitable style that combines charming descriptions with dry humour. His timeless classic, My Family and Other Animals, is a childhood adventure. This novel captures his unwavering love for wildlife and nature as an adult. 

 

Jungle_Book_Rudyard_Kipling_poster
Jungle_Book_Rudyard_Kipling_poster

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Who can forget Mowgli? The little boy who was raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The book follows his adventures with all kinds of animals—Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear who teach him the important laws of the jungle to Sher Khan, the tiger who is Mowgli's mortal enemy. Other stories include Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, the tale of a brave mongoose who saves a family from two vicious cobras and Toomai, a young mahout and his elephant. The book transports you to a world of forests and animals, one riddled with meaning and symbolism in a way that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

 

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JimCorbett - First Edition-02

Man-Eaters of Kumaon  by Jim Corbett

After much persuasion from his friends and family, Jim Corbett finally penned down this riveting memoir of his encounters with big cats in the Indian Himalayas. First published in 1944 by Oxford University Press, Corbett used stories from his previous book titled Jungle Stories as its basis. The stories follow him as he tracks and kills several man-eating tigers in India, including the terrifying Champawat Tigress, who set a world record by killing 436 people in Nepal and India before being shot by Corbett in 1907.

 

the snow leopard
the snow leopard

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The Snow Leopard is a day-by-day account of the author's journey into the remote Dolpo region of the Nepal Himalayas with his friend, the biologist George Schaller, to study the mating patterns of the Himalayan blue sheep. He also hopes to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard which ultimately becomes a metaphor for his own spiritual quest as the book progresses. "Figures dark beneath their loads pass down the far bank of the river, rendered immortal by the streak of sunset upon their shoulders." His empathy towards the natural makes this book one of the greatest examples of both nature and travel writing.

 

the elephant whisperer
the elephant whisperer

 

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
Lawrence Anthony, the wildlife conservationist, took in a herd of wild African elephants at his Thula Thula game reserve. The matriarch and her baby had been shot leaving the herd traumatized and highly dangerous. Anthony realized he might be their last chance of survival.  This book is the incredible story of his struggle to form a bond with these elephants who ultimately accepted Anthony as their matriarch. When he died in 2012, the same herd of elephants made a twelve-hour journey to his home to mourn his death. 

 


602   1 year ago
Lucy the elephant



"Free The Wild" Director and Trustee, Anika Sleem is taking part in a live interview with MojoStreaming's Cathleen Trigg-Jones this Sunday, discussing Lucy the elephant, captive at Edmonton Zoo on Sunday!

About Lucy

Born in 1975, Lucy is an Asian elephant who has lived in the sub-artic conditions of Canada for over 40 years. She has never been with another Asian elephant and her only companion was taken away in 2006. Edmonton Valley Zoo's limited operating times means even the company of humans is few and far between.
She is 1000 lbs overweight and suffers from significant arthritis and foot disease. She has difficulty bearing weight on her back legs and, due to an inappropriate diet, suffers dental issues and painful colic issues which have caused her to collapse - seen lying down, slapping her stomach with her trunk. With no place to swim, no mud in which to wallow or trees to scratch against, Free The Wild aims to work with Edmonton Valley Zoo to find an amicable solution in securing her release. Despite being 45 years old, Lucy has another 15-20 years left of her life.

The interview takes place at Noon, Eastern Standard Time. Please check this time chart to establish the time of the interview in your time zonehttps://24timezones.com/difference/

Here is the link to the interview. Please only click on it at the start of the interview.:
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1117   1 year ago