If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it – Lyndon.B.Johnson…
As a sole individual who happens to believe in the natural world and as an aside is a practicing environmental and wildlife photographer with associated business’s, it is sometimes very easy for me to say how everyone else should practice and react. It is also easy to believe that our contribution on the environment will have no impact and make no reduction in the global warming, wrong!! I personally believe that “every little helps”.
Therefore be sure to make a contribution. Thank you.
Some of the current policies l adhere to are as follows:
- Wherever possible for both personal and photographic workshops use locally sourced food supplies and again wherever possible use organic food and liquids.
- Recycle wherever possible and if necessary at work talk to your local councils, these are usually very co-operative.
- Review your traveling arrangements, use public transport wherever possible or fill your vehicles to capacity.
- Consider working in conjunction with, or donating to, forestry working groups. The planting of trees and maintenance of forests and woodlands.
- Treat all individuals you work with the respect you would like to be shown and treated with.
- Ask before joining another group or working in their area.
- Tactfully and respect inform others if you observe them engaging in inappropriate or harmful behaviour. Many people endanger the environment, wildlife and many other species, including themselves, sometimes without realising.
- Report any inappropriate behaviour to the nearest authority. Do not argue with those who do not care or ever put yourself in danger. Report them.
- Always be a good role model, both as a photographer and as a citizen. Educate others by your actions and enhance their understanding.
- When and where possible contact the appropriate land owner, site manager or other authorities and request permission or inform them of your presence.
- Learn the laws and rules of the location.
- In the absence of a management authority, check any signage and use good judgement.
- Treat ALL wildlife, flora and fauna, and property as if it were yours.
- Prepare you, your equipment and your knowledge for unexpected events.
- Avoid exposing yourself and others to any risks or mishaps.
- Learn and study the subjects you are going to photograph.
- Learn the habits, patterns and animal behaviour of the subjects or species you are hoping to photograph.
- Do not stress, distress or damage the habitats of any subject or specie.
- Respect the routine habits and needs of animals.
- Acquaint yourself with fragility of the ecosystem you will be working in.
- Stay on trails that are intended, this will lessen the impact of damage.
- Clean and prepare all your equipment which you are taking with you.
- Be sure to recharge all your batteries and don’t forget to take plenty of spare batteries, memory cards and backup devices.
Many thanks, have fun and
“Keep on Clickin”
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment Ansdel Adams…