Dear Tiger Lovers,
We came across a terrible news yesterday when a tourist photographed the 2 yr old Sultan chewing on a plastic bag, totally unaware of it’s consequences. Research has shown that ingestion of plastic debris results in clogging of intestines leading to death due to choking or starving.
The environmental impacts resulting from the accumulation of plastic waste are huge and increasing. Plastic debris affects wildlife, human health, and the environment. The millions of tons of plastic bottles, bags, and garbage in the world’s oceans are breaking down and leaching toxins posing a threat to marine life and human. Plastic materials in landfills sink in harmful chemicals into groundwater. Chemicals added to plastics are dangerously absorbed by humans like altering hormones. The current mass packaging and other short-lived applications of plastic is simply not sustainable and acceptable. There are solutions, including material reduction, design for end-of-life re-cyclability, increased recycling capacity, development of bio-based feedstocks, strategies to reduce littering, and the change of consumer behavior. Consumers are a major actor and can minimize or eliminate the use of short-lived applications of plastic (e.g., water bottle, plastic bags). There needs to be some urgency, as the quantity of plastics produced in the first 10 years of this century is likely to approach the quantity produced in the entire last century!
The guides & drivers of Tiger Trackers have been trained to pull over while on a safari, collect plastic debris and dispose them off at designated places outside the park. But there is only so much we can do. The process of educating tourists to refrain from littering our jungles is a never ending one & all of us need to make a collective effort to stop this irresponsible & disgusting behavior !
We thank our good friend Dhirendra Godha, the editor-in-chief of the Daily newspaper, Samachar Jagat for letting us share this shocking image.
Come with us to ’30 Hills’ a place where endangered tigers, elephants, orangutans, and two indigenous tribes are threatened by deforestation. The week it’s all about tigers, check out the clip below. Watch it tonight and all week on CNN International with Philippe Cousteau.
Learn more at save30hills.org.
The Tiger is not just another predator in wildlife, but it is also a pivotal indicator of ecosystem balance. Being at the apex of the food chain, Tigers are necessary to keep a check on the herbivorous population and hence the vegetation, on which they feed.
But again! Can’t this balance be maintained by other predators like leopards or wild dogs? The jungle is a place where each and everything, whether animal, bird or plant, has its own place, purpose and role in maintaining the ecosystem balance. Leopards or other predators hunt mostly smaller animals (with few exception that can’t be counted), whereas well grown Tigers are capable of bigger hunts. So their role cannot be ignored. Saving Tigers is saving jungles. Jungles are our water catchment. So we are not only ensuring that these beautiful animals are saved but also our source of clean air, drinkable water, global warming regulator and much more.
Therefore, Tigers are an integral part of our earth ecosystem. It is not that they need us to save them but we need them to save our planet and ourselves. I do believe that if we don’t take the “save our tiger” initiative seriously now, it will not be long before we end up with a “save ourselves” initiative. So if we want our children to enjoy a beautiful planet with clean and healthy environment to grow up in then – Let the Tiger Live!!!!!!!!!
Where India once led the world in the arena of nature conservation, we now stand accused of letting down not merely the tiger, but virtually all wildlife. Read the first in a two-part piece in which Bittu Sahgal and Jennifer Scarlott trace the descent of Project Tiger.
Read the article here: http://bit.ly/QuoVadisPart1
Look out for Part 2 coming soon!
Image by: Nayan Khanolkar