You are stakeholder in your local environment, including its plants and animals.
The slaughter of rhinos in South Africa and other nations has been a regular subject in the media, where rhino horn per ounce is more expensive than gold amongst ignorant people who think it has health giving properties. Most rhinos now live in South Africa where they number less than twenty thousand, and are an asset of the people of that nation. It is sad that South Africa has been allowing other nations to steal their rhino assets from them, the choice and responsibility is upon the people of South Africa to protect or lose their rhino population altogether. South Africa will be less prosperous nation with no rhinos for their future children to enjoy.
The people of South Africa don’t care about Hilly Fields in Colchester, why should they? But I care about Hilly Fields, it is a local environmental asset of Colchester, and thus contributes to our prosperity. I recently picked up bags of litter in Hilly Fields to keep it a healthy, happy and abundant place for my people. I am a stakeholder of Hilly Fields, a haven of nature and history, the choice and responsibility is mine to look after Hilly Fields. Rhinos in South Africa is not my responsibility, the South African people have a choice of defending or losing their local Rhino asset.
All plants and animals in our local communities need havens to exist in. An ignorant blogger on Saturday wrote a blog claiming mowing grass is good for nature. Mown spaces are good for the human eye, but they deprive wildlife of forage and cover. It was evident on Hilly Fields that insects love to spend their day in the long grass and hedges, the rabbits need cover to run to from potential predators, even from people like me with a camera. Flowers need the opportunity to pollinate and disperse their seeds, insects such as bees need the flowers for food. Practically all animals need cover in which to travel through from place to place.
There are many people in Los Angeles in the USA who are critical of South American nations who destroy the Amazon Rainforest,, but in their own backyard last Christmas they allowed the Army Corps to destroy an entire nature park, filling in a lake used by water birds, cutting all the trees down, turning the ground into a muddy wasteland. The Army Corps destroyed the park to prevent crime, but for nature it was a disaster, whilst the local community lost a local environmental asset along with all its plants and animals.
I argue that beyond doing no action that causes harm to the environments in other communities, we as stakeholders only need to look after our own community environmental assets. It is no good crying about what is happening to the Amazon Rainforest if we are being ignorant and impotent about what is happening in our own garden or community. Likewise the future of the rhino species is for the South African people, not the rest of the world.