David Levy – Wildlife charities : who is asking who for what? – Oct 14

Nearly every day the wildlife charities email me with a catalogue of despair because the wildlife and environmental story of the planet is one of degeneration and collapse. I am currently in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in a hotel watching CNN and an article about the disappearing leopards of the Middle East.

It’s hard to remain optimistic when all we are being exposed to is bad news day in and day out.

So how do the wildlife charities address matters? Well, I have to say the emails I get are basically messages begging for donations to help them arrest the situation. In other words, their opinion is that more money is the solution — but I don’t know where my money goes. How much is invested in people who write to me asking for more money?

So what is the point of this blog?

Marinet is putting forward the proposition that the strategies we have nominated are worthy of some level of success. We head out on a journey, often under-resourced, but we clearly state what the journey is.

From my point of view, I prefer to support this way of working – rather than support a vague notion that my money is going to an organisation in order to sustain its own bricks and mortar and uncertain solutions.

The question in my mind now is : have I fully understood the psychology behind seeking support from the public?

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