A Look At Animal Poaching in Year 2030
We had the pleasure of attending Mashable’s 2014 Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y. The Social Good Summit, a grassroots version of the annual United Nations General Assembly, gathered global speakers to discuss critical challenges existing in the world and how technology can solve them.
Among the attending grassroots activists was Mercy Chepkoech Sigey, a 19-year-old animal lover from Nairobi, Kenya and sophomore at Strathmore University. Her goal at the Summit was to raise awareness regarding animal poaching, the act of hunting an animal illegally, in Africa. For instance, the African Wildlife Foundation states that elephants are becoming extinct due to poaching and according to National Geographic, 100,000 elephants have been killed in the last three years.
Organizations such as the African Wildlife Foundation are taking initiatives to prevent poaching — working with governments and individuals in villages to reserve land so elephants can roam safely and freely. AWF is also training and recruiting scouts to monitor elephants and deter poachers. Sigey demonstrated the motion sensor device she and two friends designed to eradicate this issue. This device can detect irregular movement patterns of vehicles and humans.
Screenwriter and rights activist, Richard Curtis, made a powerful statement at the Summit. “To make things happen, you have to make things,” indicating that change comes from action. As a corporate partner of the African Wildlife Foundation, we are taking action by donating a percentage of our yearly revenues to the Foundation. From our perspective, if everyone takes action, whether it is by donating to a proactive organization or following Sigey’s lead, the wildlife species may have a better chance at survival by 2030.