BelizeHank has just returned from Indonesia where he
Susan Mikota were engaged in their project to improve the healthcare of the endangered
"pocket elephants" of Sumatra. We also designed, created, and maintain
one of the world's largest websites on elephants. Though
designed for professionals, all visitors will find a wealth of
information and elephant imagery.
This background leads to my anger when scientists promise quick fixes for complex problems, such as cloning of endangered species to prevent extinction. One scientist even went so far as to publicly pronounce that technology could make extinction, extinct. In my opinion, such statements are self serving, grossly misleading, and result in public complacency about real environmental problems.
As custodians of this planet, we humans should do more to recognize our adverse impact on nature. Environmental education of children, empowerment of women to make their own choices about procreation, greater transparency in political and business decisions, and recognition by the world’s chief consumers (in the U.S., Europe, and Japan) of the need to be more modest can help us safeguard the earth.
It is my hope that my websites will stimulate readers to become more actively involved in conservation. It is an irony, that evolving from my thatch hut with no electricity, I am now embracing the technological world of digital cameras, high-tech computers, and the Internet to try and get our tragic message across - "our natural world is dying and we must all change if we are to save it". Sadly, we have seen the destruction and devastation from Thailand to Indonesia. We have witnessed the rampant consumerism engendered by the United States and emulated now throughout the world.
Regarding Belize, see these links for more on my lifestyle there, the botanical garden I created, and my interests in art and science. BelizeHank's Rainforest Home Thoughts from the Bush Botanical Section See Image Galleries for my art projects
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