Fight For Nature

 

Fight For Nature

Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defender of Wildlife a fearless powerful woman leading the Fight For Nature, on an article of originmagazine com on 07 April 2013 said;
Throughout my life, I have felt a strong moral obligation to conserve wildlife, so I followed my conviction and pursued a career in wildlife biology. In college, I got my dream job: caring for and releasing endangered peregrine falcon chicks back into the wild. What an incredible experience! Twenty years later, as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I had the honor of announcing the recovery and removal of the peregrine falcon from the endangered species list. It was a thrill to announce the spectacular recovery of this species, and to know that I played a small role in it.
Today, I am privileged to be the president of Defenders of Wildlife, a conservation organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. The core of Defenders is a deep-seated belief in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, regardless of whether individual species are recognized as having utilitarian or aesthetic value to mankind. It is my goal to protect not just the charismatic creatures like the peregrine falcon, the gray wolf, and the grizzly bear, but all species, great and small. It’s important to remember that every species has a role to play on this planet. Some species’ roles are not yet known, but there is an interdependence amongst us that is critical to our survival.
As I experienced firsthand with the peregrine falcon, conservation takes time, patience, and a commitment to the long haul. But these days, it seems like people expect quick fixes to everything, from the environment to the economy to unemployment. Most things worth doing take time. I believe that conserving our wildlife, treasured landscapes, and natural resources is definitely worth the time.
The clock is ticking on some huge challenges. Climate change is wreaking havoc on us, our wildlife, and natural resources. Extreme droughts, damaging and deadly storms and rising sea levels are impacting us already. An increasingly urbanized society is destroying and fragmenting habitat, making it harder for wildlife to survive, move and adapt. It’s past time we addressed these issues with long term solutions that will benefit not only wildlife but ourselves as well.
As a mother, I look to the future and my responsibilities to my son Carson, named after the awe inspiring environmentalist Rachel Carson. He once gave me a drawing of a polar bear. He wrote at the top, “Please save the polar bears mom!” He meant it.
Defenders of Wildlife means it, too. With your help, we will save the polar bear and all of the others species that are struggling to survive. We are the voice for wildlife: on the ground, in the courts, and in the halls of Congress. Our goal is to identify transformational solutions to solve the conservation challenges of our time. I hope you will join me. Together we can make great things happen so that children, like my son Carson, inherit a planet as good or better as the one that we enjoy. They deserve nothing less!

 

source:http://www.originmagazine.com/2013/04/07/jamie-rappaport-clark-president-ceo-of-defenders-of-wildlife-leading-the-fight-for-nature/


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