Monday, December 16, 2013

Women & Extinction

We must choose which animals to save: National Geographic says 20,000 species are near extinction. All grrls like me care about cute fuzzy things. How best to select the survivors on Earth Island? 
People are passionate about charismatic megafauna. My vote:
Lions, tigers and bears!  I'm choosing predators, and here's why: post-Climate civilization will need women to keep the peace. Women can learn leadership by identifying with predators and -- like the rangers at Gir, India -- training to be intermediaries between humans and animals who would kill them.  
Women have unique qualities to defuse situations otherwise fatal to fanged beasts. Ranchers, loggers and farmers worldwide may kill predators that escape poachers and bush-meat hunters. A woman who takes a stand for a lion or cheetah transforms preconceptions.

"Fanged Wilds and Women Program" aims to engage ladies with the "ecology of fear" for the good of ALL species. Climate crises may snowball into civic chaos. We can prevent mayhem. And we'll have fun in the process! How? Mimic the 'ecology of fear' by associating women with wild predators.
Woman Ranger in Kenya

Fear not. Fashion can be a first step. Leopard-spot apparel can empower even the most disadvantaged girl, and it's already everywhere. "Fanged Wilds" garb - leopard spots given meaning - can inspire teens to protect wilderness. Ultimately, ladies may enlist to patrol and prevent clashes between citizens and, say, snow leopards in Nepal... cougars in Santa Monica... bears in Switzerland... and wolves in Montana.

Can females really confront poachers? Or even lions, tigers and bears? All-female ranger teams are found throughout the world. Respect for femininity grows just at the idea of it. Respect can only strengthen social bonds when civilization faces climate collapse.

"Charismatic megafauna" are the most cherished wild animals in the world. Could our love for them be what saves humanity? A leopard can't change his spots... but his spots can change us! Fanged Wilds can tame the future.

VC Bestor

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