"The people of Tanzania have protected the Serengeti for the role it plays in their culture since the birth of their country. Now their government plans to sever it with a 31-mile, two-lane highway.
For those of us who are used to the six-lane highways stretching thousands of miles across the U.S., one little road might not seem like a big deal.
However, this project has been mapped out right across the migration path of over a million wildebeest and other animals.
Wildebeest numbers will plummet if they can't reach the Mara River in Kenya, impacting the food chain from the top down.
Lions and other predators would face a food shortage.
Without wildebeest grazing to maintain the grasslands, leading biologists warn that grass fires could destroy the region and turn it into a source of carbon emissions."
Save the Serengeti : Fund an Alternate Route & Development Programs
Excerpts from Petition Text:
"I urge your organization to help save the Serengeti:
Building a commercial highway through the Serengeti National Park will put this priceless World Heritage in grave danger. The stakes are high – the Serengeti, once gone, will be gone forever.
Help build a coalition of international support to fund an alternate route:
The government of Tanzania has a responsibility to work for development and welfare of its people. But with your support, it does not have to sacrifice its most precious wilderness, its income from tourism, or its heritage of conservation.
Ultimately, this issue is a test case for the 21st Century: Do we have the wisdom and the will to create development programs that benefit people while still protecting our world’s great natural treasures?
If we can't save the Serengeti, what can we save? "
More and petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/find_fund_an_alternative_to_the_serengeti_highway
Apparently there is more at stake according to: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2010/08/save-the-serengeti-%E2%80%93-road-proposal-must-be-stopped/
"The Serengeti is an Important Bird Area and a World Heritage Site under siege– and the World Heritage Committee is meeting and this proposal is on their agenda. The Serengeti is in the spotlight again."
Well, I doubt if you will find any pine needles in the Serengeti, as most of them are here.
Jay got up on the conjoined roofs of the house, RVport, guest house, and screen porch. He took the 'bucket on a rope' up the ladder too, so we could send anything he needed 'topside'.
Ray and I knotted sturdy electric cords together, plugged in one end, and sent them up attached to the electric blower. Jay blew the pine needles off all the roofs, and gutters. Ray and I were steadily raking and hauling pine needles to the lit burn pile.
Ray had never been here when Jay and I done this before, and he had no idea what big a mess comes down off all these roofs.
After I had taken Jay home, Ray and I cleaned up the walkways, my front porch and RVport with the blower. It still took us a long time to get it all picked up. But it looks so much better.
It was a beautiful day to be working outside, not hot or humid. I even did some weeding out front.
The windows and doors are open, airing out the house.
All three cats spent their day on the screen porch.
The patio door to their screen porch from the living room is open so they can come in the house if they wish.
My brother Nigel called last night, they have 'done' most of the east side of Route 66. Now they are making their way here from a lovely campground they found between Tulsa and OKC, at I think he said Bristow, OK. He said it is so special that they were going to spend a second night there.
So great not to have to run the AC again, today