The extreme change in weather had me thinking about the climate in PR and “wishing” it was really Spring or Summer but it is not! I just read an article published by @u.of.c.s that states virtually all scientists agree the planet is warming - the warming is driven by “heat-trapping emissions” from human activities. Seventy degree weather in the Northeast in February. Any thoughts on climate change y’all?
Isn't that cute?! These gentle giants are such remarkable creatures. They are extremely intelligent & they have memories that span many years; but the question is, are we gonna ignore the fact that these gems are losing in numbers? Should we just accept that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant, except for the ones in pictures?
When I went to Thailand with my 2 other friends, they convinced me to take the elephant ride with them. I didn't want to, coz I was on a tight budget. I already settled for the Floating Market boat ride. It was already the 3rd country that we went to for our Asian trip. I guess they didn't want to leave me behind and not share this experience with them. So, after some arrangements, I did say yes & actually got excited.
In less than 2 minutes of the ride, I noticed that the mahout (elephant rider) used a piece of wood to control the the animal. The trail was easy, except for the muddy pond. After we crossed that path, my guide told me that he'd take a picture of me. He told me to move forward to the elephant's neck & that was the first time I saw the scars, as well as the sharp thing he was using - no that was no wood. That was definitely one of the most heart-breaking things I've ever done.
With an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants, 1 in every 15minutes is killed. In Asia, over 3,000 captive elephants are enduring neglect and abuse. This has to end. It doesn't have to be August 12 to take part in saving these creatures. We don't have to wait for something terrible to happen, to start acting. As simple as raising awareness against poaching, abuse, illegal trading and the like, can do so much for these animals. Education is key, especially for someone who enjoys traveling.
To quote the British explorer, Robert Swan, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” If we're not gonna do something, then who will? We can't just wait for someone else to take action. We have to do it ourselves. Remember that these animals are a part of Mother Earth's family - our family.
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