Flora and fauna as war victims

Sunday, 20 September, 2015
 
The conflicts dress our newscasts and people don't talk about another hot topic.
 
It falls on us daily filling us with tension, compassion and even fear. The certainty of a catastrophe, makes us see the world in which we live as a fragile place and about to break. And no wonder, because our biodiversity is extinguished while we can't do anything.
 
The International Day of Peace is celebrated today, and Oasis Park in Fuerteventura want to dedicate it to all those innocent victims whose lives depend on us: the wild animals and plants species.
 
The populations of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) down by 90% in recent decades, while the white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) are in border on extinction as a result of the panic that spread the guerrillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to fund a blind and unjustified war by selling their horns.
 
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, the Islamic armies exert pressure on civilians to leave their places of settlement, causing the fragmentation of the habitat in which a species whose exemplary are very few: the bald ibis (Geronticus eremita). Following the reintroduction in Syria a few individuals, the survival of this iconic species depends on Zenobah, the only female who continues to do to its place migration in breeding season. The survival of this species depends on it,  and on this 2015 reaches its destination healthy and sound. Otherwise, the capricious genetics might claiming the lives of another species due to inbreeding.
 
Camps and shelters take advantage of the resources available around them to build infrastructure or bonfires, destroying forests and causing fires. What are we doing? Waters are polluted, trees are felled, species endangered hunt for fun or for sale in the illegal trade... And the effect is not confined to the local area, as diffuse pollution causes its effects to thousands of km of distance, affecting everything and everyone. In short, we put a price to life.
 
Peace is not a right. It's an obligation.
 
And from Oasis Park Fuerteventura we call peace and love for our planet and its biodiversity. If wishing peace in the world is an impossible dream, we are big dreamers. We'll fight for making our dream come true and ensure future generations a living world.
 
Happy International Day of Peace!