The following is a story written and published by Mongabay about using stories to connect people to biodiversity. We share it here for its relevance to the Caribbean Birding Trail and its mission, which is to use stories to connect people to the biodiversity, and heritage, of the Caribbean. Within the story are links to a wonderful collection of stories written by authors from around the globe, reporting from nature. Enjoy!
Mongabay, December 18, 2013
In a world where extinctions are almost commonplace and global warming barely raises an eyebrow, very few of us can return to find the places we grew up in unsullied by development. Sometimes, all that is left of a favorite grove of trees or strip of forest are memories. Through Izilwane: Voices for Biodiversity Project, an online magazine for story-tellers, Tara Waters Lumpkin has succeeded in bringing together more than one hundred “eco-writers” who have shared their memories, highlighted environmental crises in their localities and raised their voices against habitat destruction.