Growing in 2015
Starting a new conservation group and voice is no easy undertaking, and after two years it’s clear we have had some great successes and some epic failures. If there is one thing we can do to improve our imagine and trustworthiness it is to communicate better with our members.
Here are some of the ways we'll be making our mission clear:
- We will begin to use Wednesday nights as a place for a series to tackle important subjects that we are involved in. Example, starting the second Wednesday in January, we will begin a series on the Game and Fish Departments in our country. We'll be looking at specific states and educating our members about the direct connection of Game and Fish Departments to the destruction of predators, especially wolves.
- We will highlight New Mexico, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, Montana, Alaska and (hopefully!) a lot of success stories.
- Publish a series that takes a hard look at wolf recovery and how some national groups have failed us, and some specific politicians, like Jon Tester of Montana.
- Focus on fossil fuel energy, and how it is destroying the wildness of our earth, and take on public lands grazing in a series on the restoration of lands and waters-the future wild.
Using passion as our guiding light:
While many groups rely on cold, hard science and a disciplined approach, we'll show how our organization is passionate about its beliefs. Used properly, passion can be infectious; it's the foundation of this organization.
Podcasts and video:
Video is a great way for us to convey our feelings and educate members and those looking at issues of conservation importance. We will also include interviews with citizen-warriors that have expertise and insight unique to important issues; it may even include artists or writers--we also hope to interview elected officials this year as well, as those opportunities arise. Perhaps best of all, we hope to help kids show their passion for conservation and wildlife onscreen this year too!
Press events and Op-eds:
We need to look at issues of importance and organize; part of organizing includes press events, publishing op-eds (we only had two this year,) and taking the time to meet with the media to push media in the direction of wildlife and wild land issue recognition.
Our effort this year, will be to explain the politics of an issue; it's our effort to go behind the scenes and make people understand why an issue is moving or losing and perhaps give them advanced information about pending Monuments, legislation or efforts. The same could be done for state issues and legislation if it is pertinent.
There's a great connection between the art world and conservation. To begin this project we'll work on interviews with artists that work on nature or art that speaks to our natural world or give proceeds to wild nature. We have at least three interviews waiting: we welcome others if you have some in mind, including art from youth and interviewing them to relay and support the feelings of the next generation.
Showing the various relationships we have established, while continuing to carve out how we are unique as an organization. We will focus in the coming year on specific campaigns in varying degrees, including:
• Wolves- organizing new coalition, moving it forward and showing a new direction for success;
• Wilderness in New Mexico, Washington and Wisconsin, including expansion of the Apostle Islands;
• Game and Fish Reform. Including an end to the egregious practice of trapping;
• Politics-free Government Agency Reform;
• Protecting North Carolina's shores from oil drilling;
• Work with homeless, Gay and Transgender youth to introduce them to nature;
• Fight public lands grazing;
• Stop the selling off of Western Public Land--the new agenda for a republican controlled congress;
• Highlight Member Outings: Big Bend, Madagascar and a possible outing to the Apostle Islands;
• Passing legislation to ban drones in wilderness, working to end fossil fuel subsidies;
• More ideas to come…….
The bottom line in the coming year is more outreach, communication with members and concrete actions that lead to success; this is just a start, a few ideas to get us all talking!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT BOLD VISIONS CONSERVATION!
Bold Visions Conservation