New Year Blog
Well, after my rather long previous Blog I wanted to keep this one shorter and totally forward looking.
It hardly seems possible that Born Free Foundation is nearing its 32nd Birthday. I recall very clearly that room in London where it all started – a room full of passion and outrage in equal measure. Outrage at the death of Pole Pole, the last African elephant in the London Zoo matched by a passionate desire to ensure that her death had not been in vain.
The subsequent journey has been filled to the brim with triumph, joy, horror and disgust – but never despair.
We are evolving. Too slowly for most, too quickly for a few. These changes are less about how we look and has more to do with how we feel and think. And it is that evolution in our thinking (or is a revolution) that is beginning to deliver the kind of compassion the world is crying out for.
Of course, there is a long way to go. Of course, the struggle is far from over – but this a movement on the march – a movement where individuals matters and where compassionate conservation overcomes.
I am so very proud of the role that Born Free and all its supporters, friends, donors, sponsors, and partners have played across more than three decades. If I could, I would shake the hand of every single person involved.
2016 is here. Please don’t think of it as just one more year in a continuum. Think of it as a blank sheet of paper. The parchment of time on which you are about to write your manuscript of hope.
There are millions of people who stand shoulder to shoulder and who believe in better. I am one of them. You are one too. Never lose sight of that, and always believe that we can change the world for good – one animal at a time.
Have a Sparkling New Year.
And thank you.