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Why Focus on Conservation?

Posted by on November 7, 2012
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Bob Ward

Fiction author with a zest for adventure travel. Blogs, tweets, videos, and pins for research and fun. He also hosts Ward's Adventure Travel Research & Trip Journal, a weekly podcast available on EFN, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and more.

These things have always bothered me:

  1. How much paper I shred daily
  2. Ashtrays made of gorilla paws
  3. Commercial whaling vessels
  4. Pollution factories (and how they get away with it?)
If anyone called me a tree hugging dirt worshiper, I’d say, “Thank you. I pride myself on that.” Beyond the above, I get stirred up about all kinds of other conservation issues. Unfortunately, I know very few other people who really care.
 
Hopefully, that will change.
 
I’ve rarely done anything myself but act appalled. I’ve never taken steps to actually HELP those causes I admire. Now we have this “new-world” platform, which can be used for good, to contribute, to connect with like-minded people around the world, and to promote ideas that make sense toward conserving this natural environment that we call home yet so often abuse. Our human ambitions can lead us to making greedy decisions. We scrape into our possession as much valuable stuff as we can, because if we don’t, someone else will. We rarely replenish what we take, after we take it.
 
It occurred to me that if I keep my favorite charities logged on this site, I can REMEMBER to contribute periodically. Even on a set schedule! It’s the failing to remember that catches me every time. I get busy with work, family, daily routines, and I never remember to DO SOMETHING toward those causes I care about.
 
If nothing else I can donate money! It’s easier than it’s ever been! The internet makes it fast! Three clicks! A buck here, five bucks there, a Benjamin to you, have some of this, more that way, click here, click there, you too, I like what you’re doing, yes, keep it up, never stop, next month hit my card again, sure, same amount, five buck, won’t hurt me.
 
At any rate, there it is.
 
For those like-minded folks who stumble upon this precious page, I hope you keep tuned in. Because what I’m going to do is KEEP YOU FROM FORGETTING by researching and studying and posting about who’s doing what and why, and how we can help them keep fighting the good fight while we remain armchair explorers.
 
I’m also going to make it easy for those who care to Donate $$ For A Good Cause by picking one cause per month, highlighting it, and calling for your help at the top of every page. I’m not pushing anything, and if I’m the only one who donates, so be it. To give is worthwhile.
 
If I can find sponsors willing to match, that would be great. Time and effort should be all that’s required.
 
Now, back to my list above…
 
My main job, and what drives and motivates me the most, is writing novels. (In fact, I have to finish this post and get back to MC, which is calling me.)
 
The list above:
 
1) How much paper I shred daily.
 
Here are two organizations to counter-act my wastefulness:
 
http://www.arborday.org/
(We all know the John Denver Song)
 
 
 
 2) Ashtrays made of gorilla paws.
 
Here’s who I’m supporting:
 
 
3) Commercial whaling vessels.
 
Here’s who I’m supporting:
 
 
4) Pollution factories (and how they get away with it?)
 
I don’t know yet who to pay to combat this, but I’ll research it.
 
Final Note:
This is only the beginning. I plan to work on this more next Wednesday at noon. The only thing I’ll do yet today, and quickly, is add the logos for Sea Shepherd and World Wildlife Fund to the For A Good Cause page. I’m 100% certain those are worthy groups.
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