Social Media and Environmental Activism

Hi Spriggers

I am conducting some lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on social media and environmental activism and am looking for some input from our community.  Suggestions please on South African social media campaigns and active Twitter users who have made an impact on environmental issues.

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6 replies on “Social Media and Environmental Activism”

Posted by David Bellamy on the WESSA FB Page

I think Steve Boyes use of FB to advance the cause of endangered Cape Parrots as well as develope momentum towards environmental restoration of endemics and reforestation in the E cape is exemplary ues of the medium.

Similarly the Seals of Nam on FB is a new good example where they have responded very rapidly to the Namibian Fisheries minister’s decision to up the quotas of seal pups slaughtered.

Finally, The African grey Action Group came together following the death of the Durban 700 (African grey Parrots) and is publishing adverts in Avizandium- the SA aviculturalist magazine arguing against the importation of wild caught African Greys. This has disrupted the very complacent status quo in which vendors of wild caught African Greys were caused to withdraw their adverts. Handling wild caught parrots is extremely profitable for the middlemen. By kill in the lands of origin- often from within nature reserves involves a by-kill rate of 60 %

More from David Bellamy: The Cape Parrot Project on FB!/g?roups/414491807165/

I think the Cape Parrot Project models an approach that anti-extinctionists can follow, nurturing identification withour planetary neighbours as well as taking a highly pro-active solution orientated approach that people can easily involve themselves in

Dr Steve Boyes who is an ornithologist woring for UCT u ses his personal profile as a kind of a newspaper for environmental issues, voicing daily or more frequently on behalf of our planetary next-door neighbours- very digestible info that normalises a community of involvement amongst humans

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