The Conservation Conversation

Through discussing, sharing ideas, sharing inspiration and encouraging others, we can help the plight of threatened species and habitats everywhere. From Borneo’s shrinking cloud forests to wildlife havens torn apart by civil wars and religious conflicts, there are countless issues and countless stories.

Which is why I am asking you to join in the Conservation Conversation. Whether you are a wildlife artist, activist, environmentalist, vegan, travel writer, photographer, filmmaker…if you have a passion for conservation and would like to spread the word, get in touch to start the conversation. I will give you the opportunity to guest post on my blog, and I would love to have the opportunity to do similar, all in aid of a worthy cause.

Simply send me an email on cjwaterfield@gmail.com or leave a comment with your ideas! And please feel free to share and re-blog.

We already have two contributors coming up; a nature photographer and a stunning African wildlife artist. Stay tuned for the upcoming posts, and if you haven’t joined yet, this is your time to contribute!

the #conservation #conversation

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Of Attenborough and Art

We’ve probably all heard about the case of another trophy hunter that mercilessly shot and killed one of Zimbabwe’s finest bull elephants. We’ve probably also heard this week how female sea turtles will soon run out of males to breed with thanks to a warming climate.

But this post isn’t about that. Why? Because I believe in providing hope, and encouraging drive to change the world, not through devastation, fear-mongering and finger-pointing, but by inspiring.

If we turn away from our laptops, Smartphones, fast food outlets and treadmills, and take a closer look at the world around us, we’ll realise what we’re missing, without being told how we’re destroying it and how selfish we are (however truthful this is).

Stopping to watch how ants seamlessly navigate their jenga-board environment carrying twigs three times their size, or watching bats zip past the electricity cables whilst you’re convinced you can here them ecolating; watching pigeons lay down like dogs and stretch out their tatty, greasy wings to bask in the October midday sun…even in the most understated urban environment, nature can be found.

So imagine then, what the wider world offers. One only has to catch a glimpse of base-jumping barnacle geese, peacock spiders flamenco dancing to their death and reindeer swimming across a 2 kilometre stretch of just-above-freezing water to feel a sense of awe. It is thanks to the wonderful work of David Attenborough and the passion and skill of his film-makers, that we are aware of many of the wonders that the natural world has to offer.

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Portrait of David Attenborough, Oils on Panel, 2014

And to me, wildlife art can do the same. Let’s not point fingers and say ‘look what you’ve done’, instead, let’s say ‘look at what you’re missing’.

Yes, climate change is real. Yes, species are dying at an alarming rate, and yes, humans are to blame. But we as the Greatest Ape are the only ones who can solve the problem. If only we’d stop to look at it.

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Season of Change, 2015

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