Distorting resilience for fund-raising

Anyone who  travels much in Africa can find evidence of many well-meaning charities trying to save various species.  In September in Malawi at the Kasungu National Park.  We watched about 50 elephants drinking and cavorting in a lake with some rich folks from Connecticut.  They appear to be failing in their efforts since elephant numbers are dropping, no lion has been sighted in months and water buffalo were not visiting the only body of water in the park.

elephants-getty-440672Yet they were trying to figure out how much to pay the guards who were failing to stop poaching.

One other guest was a French engineer on a day trip from the capitol, Lilongwe.  He decided to pay for a guided tour conducted by an AK-47 toting guide.  The tour resulted in nothing more than we saw sitting at the park restaurant and looking across the lake.

Organizations like World Wildlife Fund attract millions in donations, but are failing in their mission, which means they raise more money because of the increasingly dire situation of wild African animals.

Even though they are failing in their mission, people like WF International Director General Marco Lambertini assert,”We have proven that we know what it takes to build a resilient planet for future generations, we just need to act on that knowledge.”

Such chutzpah.  They want us to believe they know how to do it and just need our money so they can.  If they knew how to do it, they would have proof their methods succeed.  All available data indicates their methods are failing.  Just one trip to Africa will show you that.  My to 11 African countries have proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt.  WWF and allied organizations do know how to spend and raise money.  I’d love to see just one study showing that they are succeeding.  The planet needs for them to succeed, but their focus is raising money, not understanding and improving resilience.

Though probably no thinking person would disagree with the conclusion of the recent WWF report that: SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE WILL BE ACHIEVED MUCH FASTER IF THE MAJORITY OF THE EARTH’S POPULATION UNDERSTAND THE VALUE AND NEEDS OF OUR INCREASINGLY FRAGILE EARTH.

But agreeing with that statement is a far cry from agreeing with WWF that they show they know how to increase ecological resilience.

See if you agree by reading the recent WWF Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and resilience in a new era at: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/summary_wwf_living_planet_report_2016.pdf

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