Our Strategy

Long term conservation must address two principal issues:

 

  • To promote and/or provide alternative sources of income and energy for tribal people still directly dependent on forest resources.
  • To protect the remaining forests and their wildlife from the numerous threats posed by proachers, timber theives and other commercial activities. 

To address the first issue, LifeForce pursues a community-based conservation strategy including humanitarian welfare projects. Projects completed to date include eight tube wells to provide second and third annual harvests for hundreds of tribal villagers, the building and equipping of four classrooms, the design and delivery of Health and Hygiene Workshops to prevent disease and link environmental health with personal health e.g. having demonstrated to villagers how to filter water (using equipment readily available to them) they are shown that the village well will only yield water to be filtered whilst the forest holds the water table within reach of the well-shaft.

 

All the above is provided while stressing the importance to local people of co-operation with Nature, the Forest Department and each other.

The Environmental Crisis 

The crisis facing the world includes numerous other threats to our life-support system including global-warming with melting polar ice caps, ozone depletion, loss of topsoil, pollution, habitat degradation and deforestation.

 

LifeForce holds the view that saving species from extinction is valid if, and only if, action is being taken to address the system that produces all of these problems i.e. there is little point saving a leaf on the top-most branch of a tree whilst the trunk is being sawn through.

 

Hence, via newsletters, Internet and public presentations LifeForce recommends practical actions (click here to see how you can take action) by which individuals can make constructive contributions to the global environmental situation. Solutions to our problems as individuals, communities, nations and a planet involve a re-evaluation of our personal and collective priorities and the current commercial, socio-economic and political systems.

Education

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As a result of thousands, if not millions of years of geological and biological development and adaptation, the earth is able to sustain innumerable complex ecosystems, comprising an inestimable number of diverse life-forms.

 

However, the resources which either sustain or represent this biodiversity are currently being consumed before they can be replaced. The following quote draws the parallel between economic capital and the capital of our natural resources:

"In most cases capital cannot be replaced any faster than it was originally produced, and yet we are spending it in one tenth to one millionth of its production time... 
... In one year the United States burns in its motor cars more petroleum than the Alaskan oil field accumulated in 100,000 years, more soil goes down Haitian rivers in a day than soil-building processes can replace in a year, and more species are exterminated in tropical forests annually than speciation could replace in a million years." 

 

From 'New World, New Mind', by Paul Enrlich and Robert Ornstein (p 47).

Moreover, companies and corporations have consumed these limited resources dirtily, wastefully and carelessly.

 

Damaging, poisoning or polluting one part of nature ultimately damages, poisons or pollutes the rest of nature, including us. We are not separate from nature but part of it. What we do to nature we ultimately do to ourselves.

 

The last remaining resources and wildlife are precious and finite. We are in a very serious environmental situation. Individual action as described below can influence companies and government and thereby help stop the squandering of our last reserves.

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Education is a fundamental part of LifeForce activities;

To help people understand critical problems and the part they can play in resolving them and, better still, to help people understand how problems can be prevented. Via public presentations and participation in school activities, men, women and children of all ages are given information, techniques and practical help to resolve environmental problems.

 

Tube Well

An increasing number of Indian citizens are becoming involved with LifeForce and Satpuda Foundation projects. Some of these projects support related Indian conservation initiatives and all involve local towns people as well as the tribal people living in the forest.

'In addition to community-based benefits, conservation projects must, for long-term success, also include the active involvement and participation of local people'  

***Annoucement***

 

For reasons given in the last LifeForce Report 2019 – 20 (see Annual Reports page) LifeForce is closing down after 25 years of trying to help with tiger conservation in particular and alleviating the environmental crisis in general. The good news is that, due to shared experiences on the ground in India, LifeForce can whole-heartedly recommend the Satpuda Foundation to further both causes and sincerely and urgently requests that you support their continuing work in India. Again, all relevant details are in the last report.

 

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