SA Hope Spots are communities who care
Communities who care
South African Hope Spots will be unique in many respects, but most importantly they are to be fully people orientated; they will be driven by communities of caring people drawn from all sectors of society. When Sylvia Earle describes Hope Spots she emphasizes the role of people and the power that people have to care for the environment. She points out that people have the power to destroy the world and the power to use this sweet spot in time to use our scientific knowledge, our technology, our passion, our caring and love of the sea to improve the world. As part of her TED Award speech, Dr Sylvia Earle had to provide a wish for the planet. Hers was as follows:
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
Whereas many protected areas discourage public involvement, Hope Spots in South Africa are geared to involving the public, especially children, clubs, societies, NGOs who will work with the authorities to make their areas special places of fun, hope, education, conservation, tourism and sustainable angling and fishing.
Another goal of Hope Spots is to involve people in order to establish a better understanding of the environment. Projects within the Hope Spots will bridge the gap between researchers in a manner that makes information and knowledge available to all as fostering an understanding and love for the creatures in the Hope Spot and the seas will lead to caring. In addition, citizen science will be promoted so that members of the public can work with researchers, and in some cases once trained work alone, to help create knowledge in citizen science programmes. So the public will be part of important research and make valuable contributions.
The Hope Spot initiative in South Africa, to be known as Ikhaya lethemba (The Home of Hope), addresses critically important South African issues and is totally inclusive, aiming to harness the power of people by involving them in positive action. READ MORE