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May 05, 2024

“What primate are you?” Building a bond through shared characteristics

As readers and members of WildHub, you all have an interest in nature and conservation. Was that interest always a part of you? Or, was there a moment when you felt a special connection or bond to nature? How did that connection develop and how has it changed your life? For me, it was both. I grew up digging up bugs in my backyard and doing nature hikes with my grandpa. I always had an interest in nature and specifically animals, trying to convince my mom to get me every pet under the sun. My deepest connection formed when I was volunteering at a primate sanctuary in college. I had an interest in animal behavior and primates, so I figured I’d see what working with them was like.  That’s where I met Ruby, a female orangutan, and my life has never been the same. I felt a deep bond with Ruby that I couldn’t explain. She started a love and fascination with primates in me that has led me to studying conservation in grad school so that I can help protect the orangutans I care so much about. My connection created a lifelong change, so how can I get others to feel connected to nature in their own way?  I am a grad student at Miami University doing a project on how personal connections to nature can influence conservation behaviors. If it feels personal, people are more motivated to act, right? I have created a quiz that links shared characteristics between humans and non-human primates in a fun, trending quiz style. My goal is to help people see how we all fit into the primate kingdom and how many qualities we have in common. It is meant to be a fun, light hearted quiz, but the results page ends with a conservation behavior that is accessible to everyone and simple to do.  Please take the quiz, give me feedback on it, and share it with as many people as possible. I want to know if something so simple can change attitudes and behaviors, or if we need to invest in more advanced solutions.;utm_medium=xxxxx&amp;utm_content=xxxxx
Mar 12, 2024

Did you hear about language justice?

Hi WildHub community,  My latest post on LinkedIn resonated with many people from different sectors. I tackled what entails language justice using experiences I had while working in conservation organizations.  I'd like to bring this conversation here and get your feedback, as well as learning if you experience the same.  This is the post: What could this quote by 'Gloria', the character on Modern Family TV show, suggest about 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲?Entertainment apart, it underpins 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 -even at the national level- on topics that matter to them: climate change, hashtag#decolonization, hashtag#equality, education, and more. We experience and understand reality in our languages. The wealth of wisdom from local leaders and rooted practitioners that can inform and debate our ongoing societal and environmental challenges is stored in our thinking, in the language we use. A few can express it in dominant languages, but those who do not have a good command or any at all tend to step out or be steeped out. “𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙙? 𝙄𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙢𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙖 𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙪𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙄 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙙?” said my friend in Central African Republic (Sango speaker)“𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨,” said an Awajun woman in Peru (Awajun speaker)“𝙄𝙛 𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙠𝙚 𝙀𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝, 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚,” told me a former co-worker from the USA; 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 is about ensuring people can express their contributions and concerns with authenticity in intentionally created spaces where the power is not held and shared only by the dominant-language speakers and where our true message is not distorted by our limited vocabulary of the meeting’s language. In many communities, speaking in English or in the language that colonized our territory is not only a useful skill but also a sign of who could and could not access further education opportunities. What then? If you, like me, work in the development sector, especially implementing field projects, and experience first hand this hardship, bring this up and embrace language justice when: 🖊 Planning the projects and interacting with your partners-and-host communities. 🖊 Don’t fill the gap of what you don’t understand about the culture with assumptions or proxy meaning. 🖊 If you are based on a project site, you are the one called to learn their language, but if you don’t manage to learn it, ensure there are spaces to exchange ideas with high-quality translation and sincere respect. Communication is beyond words. 🖊 In global or national conversations, don’t bring their voices -advocate for inclusive and adapted conditions for them to speak for themselves.If you want to dive deeper into language justice, I recommend starting with this thoughtful article by Prachi Patankar and Phoebe D. available in Alliance Magazine. Read it here:
Feb 14, 2024

Harmful Algal Blooms HABs near you?

Have you seen anything like this? Fish kill caused by Harmful Algal Blooms. Thank you to everybody who responded to my introduction post. I thought you might like to know a little more about our work, and I want to ask for your help, please. The distressing image above shows large numbers of fish that have been killed by green slime that looks like algae. In fact, this green slime is cyanobacteria, a photosynthetic bacteria that can produce toxins. Genera include Microcystis, Diolichspermum, Aphanizomenon and others. Under certain circumstances, which are not yet fully understood, cyanobacteria can produce strong toxins such as microcystin, killing fish, waterbirds, livestock, dogs and, potentially, people. The only reliable way to tell cyanobacteria from beneficial algae is to observe the colonies under a microscope. This means sending a water sample to a lab, which typically takes at least five days. After five days, the damage is done. Some authorities close the lake, which damages fishing and other businesses based on the lake; others keep the lake open, risking sickness, rashes, diarrhoea and worse. ioLight's portable microscope and image recognition software automatically diagnose cyanobacteria and count cells at the lake in a couple of minutes. This allows authorities to make the correct decision quickly and inexpensively. Cyanobacteria are naturally occurring and have been on Earth for millions of years. However, modern intensive farming and human waste discharge caused by growth in population density has increased the discharge of phosphorus into lakes and rivers, accelerating the growth of cyanobacteria. This is a well-publicised problem in the USA, where it is estimated that HABs have cost the economy over a Billion Dollars over ten years. We have similar problems in the UK with beautiful lakes such as Lough Neagh.  How can you help? I would like to know how widespread this problem is. Is it restricted to densely populated areas of the UK and North America, or is this a global problem? I would love to hear your stories. Thank you Andrew 

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