Conservation

Solastagia: How Your Environmental Knowledge Can Affect Your Mental Health

Is knowing more really knowing better? Do you think that knowing about something helps your understanding or makes a situation better or worse? At the moment the information the media is featuring regarding environmental issues highlighting the crises in our environment. From devastating fires to rising global temperatures, plastic pollution, animal cruelty, poaching, endangered species, fracking and everything in-between… it can feel as if we are heading to a point of no return. Granted, a few uplifting stories are sprinkled in-between the disaster ones, but how many positive stories are happening which we are not hearing about? Is all this “negative” information really good for us? The good, the bad and the global knowing: what is your environmental knowledge?

Jafuta Foundation: Preserving Community, Culture and Conservation

When carefully and considerately applied, ecotourism preserves and benefits the places where it operates. A genuine and successful ecotourism experience involves a real cultural exchange, benefitting both the clients and their hosts in terms of sharing moments of respectful and authentic interaction. Our ecotourism initiatives consider the issues of cultural voyeurism, commercialisation of rural communities and the negative mindset that can impact children and youths through entertaining visitors and receiving gifts and money in return.

Is it Greener?

Things don’t always appear as green as they may seem. It’s like the old saying, “the grass is greener on the other side”: we all know that is not always the case. Just because they say it is “green” or “environmentally friendly” does not always guarantee that it is, so what can you do to be as green as you can be? You can ask questions. Asking questions is free and we deserve to get the answers we are looking for.

Mission Zero

We are on a mission, but where will our mission land? Will our mission be zero waste or zero life? Regardless of what mission you choose, I am afraid we are already on a mission together. Unfortunately we can’t tell you where we will land and how it will end. Zero waste would be the best possible outcome for our landing because it would enable us for a more waste circular economy: make, remake, return, reuse, repair, recycle and rot.

BBC Dynasties “Painted Wolves” Premier, Harare, December 2018

Having recently returned from a break in Mana Pools and managing to photograph these amazing animals for myself I was keen to attend this viewing.

I walked away from this astounding filmography feeling both sad and exhilarated. An hour of total escapism through the varied lenses of Nick Lyon’s professional crew we watched a snippet of a Dynasty; an excerpt of Blacktip and her mother Tait’s life – Mana Pools Painted Wolves aka Wild Dogs.