Ecuador Trip Spring/Summer 2011 Prologue
The saying goes that that life begins at 40, Well for me it is at 39 and a half. Why Ecuador I hear you ask, all through my life I have always be enthralled and in awe when watching documentaries or are looking at photographs involving the Rainforest, Even more so since I became involved with my local Wildlife Trust and took up Nature Photography/Entomology on the verge of Geekdom. Yes Ecuador it is a bit out of the norm for a trip and living/working/learning in the Rainforest will be a challenge and take me out of my comfort zone, But it will help my knowledge and expertise grow and I will also grow and come back as a new person.
Please note that due to my location I may not have much access to the Internet, I will be writing a daily blog but will only be able to upload it and photographs when I have Internet access. So please bear to me and subscribe to my blog then you will be informed when there are any updates.
I decided to write a blog to keep family, friends and colleagues up-to-date of my experience Also I will be interacting through my blog with Children from Red Lane Primary. If anyone else learns or decides to get involved because of this blog that would be fantastic. Once back I have plans to develop other nature themed and informative blogs.
But for now I will leave you with a few final thoughts.
Tom Brokaw “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference”.
It’s not healthy to be blasé about the environment or conservation issues, they do affect and involve you as well as everybody else. The time is to act now before it is too late, sadly for some things it is already too late. Everybody including you has an important responsibility and role to play.
The Bible tell us that in the beginning, when G-d created all living creatures, the Creator placed the animal kingdom under the dominion of man. Man was given permission to employ animals in useful services, such as helping him plow his field, carry his loads, provide wool for his clothing, and the like. But meat-eating was not yet permitted.
Only after the Flood, when the animal world was given a new lease on life through Noah’s diligent care for the animals in the Ark, did G-d give man the right to kill animals for food. But to quote Nachmanides, “while G-d gave us permission to slaughter individual animals, we are not permitted to bring an entire species to extinction.” Or abuse the earth.