George Schaller's message to the Year of the Gorilla
World renowned conservationist George Schaller, one of the first to look at gorillas from a modern, scientific perspective, gives a recount of his experiences and an outlook on the future and obstacles of gorilla conservation. Year of the Gorilla web site <http://www.yog2009.org/>
In West Africa,the Sahara desert is growing by thousands of square kilometres a year and the search for water for people and their animals becomes ever more desperate.
For millenniums the people of southern Nepal have grown rice - in a country where the grain is a symbol of worship, other crops are considered unworthy. But monsoon rains, which rice cultivation so desperately depends on, have become increasingly erratic, leading farmers to think, and in some cases implement, the unthinkable - bananas!
The story of a Buddhist monk who in the 1990’s started re-planting a forest that had been destroyed by US bombing during the Vietnam war, and logging companies thereafter. His interest at first was to create a place to meditate, but as time passed he started to realise that his forest could also help mitigate the effects of climate change on nearby farming communities.