Thursday, July 1, 2010
Speak up for tigers: They can’t. Be their ambassador, amongst your family, friends, social circle, colleagues. Let them know that tigers are on the brink of extinction, why, and how they can help. Write to editors urging them to highlight the urgency to save tigers. Let them know readers care. Write to MPs, ministers.
Your profession as a weapon: What do you do? Are you a teacher? Then you can influence your students in the cause. One teacher in Sriram School in Delhi has made all the difference, and students in her school help raise funds for rehabilitating traditional hunting communities around Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. If you are a lawyer, you could use your legal skills in fighting cases ie. say a specific wildlife crime case, or against a road that is going to cut through tiger habitat. As a concerned citizen, you could file a PIL. Use the RTI Act to find out more. A web designer could generate websites for local NGOs who may lack the skills to communicate to the world. The avenues are endless, you need to find them.
Donate your time, and money: Volunteer with NGOs—find out NGOs and see how you can volunteer with them towards the cause. And you could donate money—identify what you would like your money to be best used for.
Save resources: Everything that you use could impact the tiger’s habitat. The water that overflows from taps left on or leaking pipes depletes ground water. Paper is from trees, so is the wood in your house. Plastics clog and degrade habitat. Electricity may be generated from thermal plants that encroach on tiger habitat, and the steel on your table, and diamonds originate in mines that devastate tiger habitat. Minimise your use. Conserve resources.
Be a responsible tourist: Remember, you are guest in the tiger’s home, behave like one. Don’t chase the tiger. Enjoy the wilderness—don’t leave litter. Be quite, obey rules. Leave not even your footprint...