Little Terns & Plovers nesting on beaches

Subject: Little Terns & Plovers nesting on beaches
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 12:47:59 +1100
One way of addressing the problem is in much greater community education
and awareness. I'm a strong believer in the value of education. Of course,
there will always be people who maliciously destroy no matter how much they
are educated, but I believe the majority of people are caring, or have the
potential to be. If more people understood the birds' plight the whole
community would effectively become watchdogs.

The only way to shake people out of their apathy is to help them appreciate
the natural world at an emotional level. I believe this follows on from
understanding at an intellectual level, combined with personal experiences.

There is a quote I like which is relevant here:

"In the end we will only conserve what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
And we will only understand what we are taught."
-Baba Dioum, Senegalese Ecologist

Am I being too idealistic?



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