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Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment: How can we increase Youth Engagement?
Environmental conservation or degradation is the cumulation of daily choices made by individuals. Despite the reality staring right at us, not so many people understand the depth and impact of their actions and habits with regards to the environment. Fatuma’s Voice joined WellToldStory_ and Escape Foundation on the 14th March 2018 for the launch of #Mabingwa a film highlighting the diversity of young people’s perspectives towards wildlife conservation.
Well Told Story is an International, double Emmy award-winning, African communications production company, based in Kenya & Tanzania. While the Escape Foundation is a group of passionate conservationists, working to protect and restore endangered and threatened wildlife species by encouraging the collaboration of world-class talent and local experts.
Digital Campaign Influencing Youth Engagement in Conservation:
The gathering also doubled up as a digital campaign seeking to positively influence youth engagement in the protection of Kenya’s natural resources.
The Mabingwa Film launch which was followed by an open dialogue about conservation was held at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters, Safari Walk. With its raised wooden boardwalk that allows for uninterrupted views of the animals, the Safari Walk is a show case for Kenya’s Parks and Reserves, allowing visitors to discover what they can expect to see across the country. Visitors can see a sample of the country’s rich animal life including the rare bongo, white rhino and albino zebra as well as big cats, antelopes and primates. It is also home to some 150 species of local trees.
Kenya Wildlife Service: Species Conservation and Management
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. The KWS have a Species Conservation and Management division whose main responsibility is to spearhead the conservation and management programmes of wildlife nationally. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. It is a state corporation that was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 376), now repealed by WCMA (2013), with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations. KWS undertakes conservation and management of wildlife resources across all protected areas systems in collaboration with stakeholders.
In case you did not make it for the premiere of
#Mabingwa, here’s the Trailer. But just before you get to watching, we would like to serve you some food for thought:
What personal role do you play in conservation and does it have impact?
How can youth sustainably be engaged in the process of conservation?
Did education positively influence your habits with regard to conservation?
Find below some of the sentiments shared by people about the campaign:
A new report released by Escape Foundation about Understanding Young People’s Attitudes Towards Wildlife and Conservation that researched youth attitudes towards wildlife and conservation in Kenya. You should watch the film too. #Mabingwa.
— Muthuri Kinyamu 🇰🇪 (@MuthuriKinyamu) March 15, 2018
"Cultural revival might be the only thing that stands between the conservation or destruction of the environment, the only way to perpetuate the knowledge and wisdom inherited from the past, necessary for the survival of future generations."__Wangari Maathai #Mabingwa
— Atandi Anyona (@SoulRhythmz) March 15, 2018
The movie #Mabingwa drops tomorrow morning. IMPORTANT insights into young people and conservation. And some great people coming to see it. Come and drive the conversation @RosemaryMutunke @NdsBianca @tunajibu @irunguhoughton @samdbarratt @AMB_A_Mohammed pic.twitter.com/GiN7PfkqiI
— Miles Bredin (@milesbredin) March 13, 2018
We were at the #Mabingwa premiere at @kwskenya . The film seeks to understand and influence Kenyan youth attitudes towards #conservation #youth @WellToldStory_ @ESCAPEfdn @AWF_Official @kwskenya @AfricanConserve
Photo Credits @AntonyMugo20 pic.twitter.com/lYKWG2aty1
— Beads Safaris (@beadssafaris) March 15, 2018
— Fatuma's Voice (@FatumasVoice) March 14, 2018
Our very own @milesbredin together with Brian and Alex Awiti from East Africa institute at the premiere of #Mabingwa the film This film seeks to understand the diversity of young people’s perspectives towards wildlife and conservation, particularly the forces of support. pic.twitter.com/z04n2MSP3G
— well told story (@WellToldStory_) March 14, 2018
Happening now! Premiere of #MABINGWA film @kwskenya Nairobi Safari Walk .A digital campaign that seeks to positively influence youth engagement in protection of Kenya's natural resources. #YoungVoicesForWildlife pic.twitter.com/W74zN2B8sV
— KWS (@kwskenya) March 14, 2018
Post Image by Beads Safaris (who also offer safaris that promote responsible tourism practices.)
Find out more about the Nairobi Safari Walk here: Let’s Go Kenya
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