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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Awarding the cruel - the Mexican NGO follows the Gandhian way

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Sample of The Rubber Dodo Award
Center for Biodiversity

In today’s world, people can do the work that Governments can not. A small group of like minded citizens of any country willing to do good for humanity, for all the fellow being on this planet, or for any type of just and good work, can achieve their goal in spite of greatest obstacles put in their way. They can expand themselves into millions and trillions and can even unite the whole world for the most genuine cause they fight for. These people organize themselves, frame rules, decide aims, and formulate plans of action and achieve their goals without breaking a heart, without insulting any one, and without injuring even a stone. Mohan Das Karmchand Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation has set such a glittering example before the world. Some others too, might be his contemporaries or coming after him, adopt similar philosophies and win the battle peacefully.

In today’s world both - the criminals and good people exist, as they always used to be. Criminals tend to do crime and good people tend to avert it. Good people join hands, increase their number, start doing good and become successful. Their success in doing “good’, attracts other good people from all the directions. These good people join hands and ideas to form organization with numerous predefined good aims. The Center for Biological Diversity is such an organization of the world. It sends complaints to competent authorities for taking back wrong steps, stands fast to protect life on the earth, and institutes Rubber Dodo Award for the powerful persons performing best in putting life into darkness.

I wish to present the matter for you about this organization by direct quoting from the organization’s story and here it is -
The Center for Biological Diversity was founded beneath the ancient ponderosa pines of New Mexico’s Gila wilderness, where Kierán Suckling, Peter Galvin, and Todd Schulke met while surveying owls for the U.S. Forest Service. All three were in their early twenties, with a passion for wild places; Kierán was a doctoral student in philosophy, Peter was training in conservation biology, and Todd had a background running outdoor-education programs for high-risk kids. When their surveys turned up a rare Mexican spotted owl nest in an old-growth tree, and they found out that same tree was part of a vast area slated to be razed in a massive timber sale, they took their findings to the local Forest Service manager. The Forest Service had been entrusted with shielding sensitive species from harm, but it soon became clear the agency was more invested in its relationship with big timber than in its commitment to the public to protect forest wildlife. The timber sale would go forward, in violation of the Service’s own rules.
The three young men promptly took the story to a local paper.

In the end, that big old tree never fell to the chainsaws, and Kierán, Peter and Todd became personae non gratae at the Forest Service. Along with Dr. Robin Silver, an emergency room doctor, nature photographer, and grassroots advocate who had written an Endangered Species Act petition to protect the Mexican spotted owl — and joined by a growing group of other activists as word of mouth spread — they formed the group that would eventually be known as the Center for Biological Diversity. Tackling cattle-grazing abuses on the public lands where they lived, they leveraged protection for species like the southwestern willow flycatcher into orders to remove cows from hundreds of miles of vulnerable desert streams; with their campaigns to protect goshawks and owls, they shut down major timber operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico and brought an end to large-scale industrial logging in the heritage public lands of the arid Southwest.

Now what does this organization of people from all over the world do? Read in the organization’s own words -We’re now fighting a growing number of national and worldwide threats to biodiversity, from the multifaceted, global problem of climate change — possibly the greatest extinction risk in history and an arena in which our lawyers are using highly innovative tactics to catalyze change — to intensifying domestic sources of species endangerment such as off-road vehicle excess. Based on our unparalleled record of legal successes — 93 percent of our lawsuits result in favorable outcomes — we’ve developed a unique negotiating position with both government agencies and private corporations, enabling us, at times, to secure broad protections for species and habitat without the threat of litigation. Now in our twentieth year, we look forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world’s most critically endangered animals and plants.

The Center for Biodiversity is doing commendable lobs in the fields of conservation of flora and fauna in its area. It is standing fast to protect land, forests, endangered species of wild birds and animals, and for checking the pollutions of all types. It brings out an online weekly e- newsletter entitled “endangered earth”.

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