Roar and Revive – Exploring Human-Animal Relationships
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,Albert Einstein
but because of those who look on and do nothing
Survival of mother earth largely depends on the realisation that it is not an exclusive possession of humans. In the pursuit of finding pathways for enhancing the quality of life, the sensitivity to the environment and other species has diminished. Rapid urbanisation and overexploiting the natural resources have created an imbalance. Wildlife plays an essential role in the ecological and biological processes that are significant to life. The wildlife comprises all living organism (plants, animals, microorganisms) in their natural habitats. The rate at which the wildlife is getting extinct due to habitat fragmentation, overexploitation of species for human use, is alarming. The importance of coexisting of all living species and preserving the forest cover and wildlife is more relevant now than at any time. Bringing awareness about preserving wildlife becomes very important.
Wildlife Week, also called National Wildlife Week, is a national event annually celebrated across India between 2 to 8 October. The Indian Board of Wildlife came up with the idea of Wildlife Week in 1952. Initially, Wildlife day was celebrated which was later upgraded as the Wildlife Week in 1957. Though the day is celebrated by several organisations all over India, the celebrations are mainly organised by the National Board of Wildlife.
The event aims:
- to make people aware of the protection and conservation of wildlife,
- implement services that preserve wildlife
- discuss and identify issues related to wildlife preservation.
The UN Environment Programme has identified 17 mega-diverse countries in the world, and India is one of them. These 17 countries contribute to 70% of terrestrial biological diversity of the mother earth occupying just 10% of her surface. A Country having at least 5,000 endemic plants and marine ecosystems within its borders is identified to be a mega-diverse country.
Our success should be judged by the measures implemented to conserve habitats and corridors and resolve wildlife conflicts. There are several government initiatives to preserve and protect their biodiversity. Project Tiger, Project Elephant, Crocodile Conservation Project are some of them. Heartening to see the success of “Project Tiger”, which started yielding satisfying results. Being sensitive and learning to Coexist is vital for the survival of mother earth and preserving wildlife is an essential component of it.