Sabyasachi Patra

5 Ways you can contribute to Save Wild India

5 ways you can contribute to save Wildlife in India

I was taking feedback about the IndiaWilds Newsletters and one person said “You write some lengthy articles, half of those I understand and the other half I assume as correct because you put a lot of data and quotations from great guys. I agree that I should be a part of the conservation efforts. However, I am not a photographer and the only writing I do is office emails. So I can’t write articles either. I also can’t go and protest infront of Government officies like Medha Patkar. I can’t also go to the field with you guys as I need to take leave from office. So how can I help in conservation?”

This made me think and write this.

Many of you are underestimating yourself. The power lies when each of us come together and form a strong unit. Support from you, however, minuscule it may be, can go a long way towards strengthening of our cause of saving wildlife and wilderness areas of India.

 

1-  Awareness building to save wildlife in India:

First and foremost requirement is spreading awareness. A lot of damage is caused to wildlife in India because of the ignorance of our decision makers. You can read our Newsletters and other conservation articles and speak about these issues to your known people, forward those to people by email or give them printouts and urge them to read. When you visit your alma mater, speak about your new found passion. Be the voice of millions of wildlife who can’t speak (our language).

 

Tigress in Ranthambhore

Wild Tigress in Ranthambhore hemmed in by tourists

2-  Raising your voice to save wildlife in India:

Wild India is under tremendous assault. Every day you can find a lot of issues while watching TV and reading newspapers. Also we keep posting the latest issues in the IndiaWilds Forums. You can pick up a cause and then write an email to influential people, concerned Government departments, ministers, letters to editors of newspapers, TV channels etc. After all, in a democracy it is the voice of people that often tilts the balance and makes the decision makers sit up, take notice and ultimately act. The names of a few senior Government officers are listed at the bottom of this page.

 

Tiger killed by poachers

Tiger hacked into pieces by poachers

3-  Films to raise awareness-‘A Call IN THE RAINFOREST’:

In a world which is fixated about saving the tiger, and ignoring the fact that other equally important and vulnerable species are vanishing, you can you can also forward this article to people  in your office, among friends, in your society, school and college and speak on this issue. That will help in raising awareness to save other lesser known endangered species. You can also buy this DVD at a nominal cost and gift it to people to help in raising awareness about the plight of the Lion-Tailed Macaque.  http://www.indiawilds.com/diary/maharashtra-government-awards-2nd-prize-to-a-call-in-the-rainforest/

 

A young Lion Tailed Macaque

A young Lion Tailed Macaque in Western Ghats, India

4-  Financial Contribution:

You can contribute financially as well as help your network to raise resources to support conservation issues in India. There are many people tirelessly working in the field to help conserve India’s fast vanishing wilderness and wildlife. These people are the forgotten foot soldiers saving the biodiversity of India against tremendous odds. IndiaWilds is committed to helping them. You can contribute any amount that is acceptable to you. Please remember no amount is too small in the battle to save India’s vanishing wildlife and wilderness areas. India’s conservation efforts need you.

You can check this thread where we raised funds to sponsor a field Biologist for a workshop in UK – http://www.indiawilds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9629

You can also buy our T-shirts, Caps etc to be distributed in your team outings.

To get in touch with us you can write to administrator@indiawilds.com

 

5-  Follow the rules when in a Jungle/Tiger Reserve

And last but not least, since you all visit jungles and other wilderness areas, please don’t forget that you are not in cities and hence should follow the rules mentioned by the forest department. Following are some minimum things which we all can follow when visiting a jungle or any nature spot –

-       Select a hotel/resort that is eco-friendly. Please don’t demand AC and other material comforts when you are in a jungle.

-       No littering, carry back all the plastics we take and leave the place clean.

-       Our roads cut across our wilderness areas. Either choose a road that circumvents our forests or Drive cautiously as there can be wild animals crossing. Many wild animals fall prey to rash driving by people.

-       No honking, that will help to enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of the jungle

-       Not get down when passing through the jungle as that can be dangerous.

-       Don’t feed any animals, like monkeys and deers or sambar. By feeding them we make them dependent on us and break their natural feeding instincts.

-       Don’t buy memorabilia like t-shirts, caps etc from the vendors outside the national park gate, else you will encourage more and more people to set up shops there and increase the population of the village.

-       Do carry your camera to document our fast vanishing wilderness areas and report it to us.

 

If we follow these simple 5 steps we can in our own way contribute to save the wildlife in India.

You can write emails/letters to the following influential persons as applicable: (updated on 22/06/2014)

Shri Narendra Modi

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110011

http://www.pmindia.nic.in/interact_with_pm.php#

Email: pmosb@pmo.nic.in

Tel: +91-11-23012312

Fax: +91-11-23016857

Shri Prakash Javadekar

Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge)

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Room No. 560, Shastri Bhawan,

New Delhi – 110001

Email: pjavadekar@gmail.com

Tel: +91-11-23384498

Fax: +91-11-23384286 (Fax)

 

Dr V. Rajagopalan, IAS

Secretary

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Room No. 1,Paryavaran Bhawaan,

CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road,

New Delhi – 110003

Email: vrg.iyer@nic.in

Tel: +91-11-24360721

Fax: +91 11 24362746

Shri S S Garbyal 

Director General Forests & Special Secretary

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Paryavaran Bhawaan,

CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road,

New Delhi – 110003

Email: dgfindia@nic.in

 

Shri A. K. Srivastava 

Addnl. Director General of Forests (Wildlife)

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Paryavaran Bhawaan,

CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road,

New Delhi – 110003

Email: igfwl-mef@nic.in

Tel: +91-11-24363232

Fax: +91-11-24362785 (Fax) 

 

If you need any contact details of any Chief Minister, minister or Government official of any state to write your protest letter to Save Wildlife in India or for supporting us, please send your email to administrator@indiawilds.com.

 

Sabyasachi Patra

Sabyasachi is an award winning DoP/Cinematographer, passionate wildlife filmmaker and photographer. He has been striving to make his films and photographs full of life and emotion and write articles to educate and evangelise the need for conserving the last tracts of vanishing wilderness and wildlife in our country. He hopes that his wildlife films, photographs and writings force people to pause, look, ponder and ultimately take action.
His documentary film ‘A Call in the Rainforest’ has been screened at various national and international film festivals.

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