Keep it positive… that’s what I keep telling myself.
That can be challenging when I feel strongly that an important issue is being ignored, or a wrong is being done.
I see the uproar and outrage against the people that killed a lion in Africa. I wonder what makes things “go viral” and what gets people motivated to take action on certain causes and there are times that it’s really uplifting, and times where it is sickening.
Keep it positive Mike… Keep.it.positive.
I’m not going to go down the path that my mind and heart want me to, and that is to get outraged that there’s a number of petitions to extradite the Dentist that killed a lion to Zimbabwe. One of them has over a MILLION signature! The official white house one has 227,000 signatures as I write this.
Wait, Wait, don’t go… Yes, I am outraged!! Not because those petitions exist or because they have so many signatures. That’s part of our power as Americans! We can affect change. We can take action and band together to make a difference, to right wrongs!
I am outraged that a petition to give a true hero some much deserved posthumous recognition only has 868 signatures… a man who dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, preservation and education, a man who brought the lives of raptors into MILLIONS of hearts and homes with his nest cams. A man who was a huge part of bringing the Peregrine Falcon back from near extinction. A man who fought for what he believed in and won! A man who changed the world!!!
Bob Anderson deserves this recognition, a Presidential Citizens Medal awarded to him posthumously. In my mind he deserves a Nobel prize if there were a category for Conservation or Education and for so much more.
I know that many of my friends have signed and shared the petition. I think that is wonderful. 868 is a lot of people and it is fantastic that those people signed the petition, a very positive thing! Many of those folks also shared it on their social media platforms. Positive.
How many people who have maybe only heard of the Decorah Eagle Cam or saw clips from it on the news or on a website know about Bob, about the Raptor Resource Project? Not enough…. We can make a difference, we can accentuate the positive!
I feel that Bob’s story should be a book, a movie… A man on a mission to save the falcons in the Mississippi River Valley turned into a worldwide phenomenon with the Decorah Eagles… A man rappelling down cliffs in his 60’s to band falcons, a man climbing trees to mount cameras near Eagle’s nests, a man capturing raptors to track them, to learn and educate to conserve to protect… wow that has the makings of an amazing tale, too good to be true you say? Nope that was Bob’s life.. and there’s so much more… so much that I have no idea about even. You see I never had the honor of meeting this man, I had some correspondence through a friend, got his blessing on a few projects I was involved with, sent him some Starbucks but never got to meet him.
But here I sit, with one of his cams on my other monitor, watching the falcons over Great Spirit Bluff along the Mississippi River as I write this. Wishing I could have met him once to shake his hand, look him in the eye and say Thank you, you changed my life, you changed the world, you made a difference. How’s that for keeping it Positive?
Bob is gone too soon. Please friends, please help him be honored in his passing by signing this petition, share it on your social media, share it with the media media… share it and share the message that it sends: People who do good in this world deserve more attention than those who do wrong! Those who positively impact millions of people, should be awarded a presidential citation, those who make a positive difference should be at the top of our pages, the headlines.
Keep it Positive.
Here are links:
The Raptor Resource Project – (They could use your donations!!) http://www.raptorresource.org/
RRP’s wildlife cams – http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/index.html
Stay Safe, Be Kind, Keep the Park Clean, Pay it forward, Make a Difference and One Love – http://wp.me/p2RcFA-3Z