Amsterdam, 11th of October. It is Rhinoweek. For eight days, the Circl Pavilion has become a venue where everyone who is committed to rhino conservation can participate in a conference, join lectures and witness an exhibition. Various organizations are represented including WWF, the Alliance for Precious Biospheres, the Black Rhino Project and Save the Waterberg Rhino. The aim of Rhinoweek is to inspire and connect people and organizations that are active in the protection and conservation of rhinos.
One of the organizations represented at the event is Save The Waterberg Rhino. Their mission is to protect and conserve rhino populations in the Waterberg area in South Africa. Having been to this area myself just recently, their work is very dear to my heart. Planting a seed of consciousness is the first step towards sustainable rhino conservation and that is why this organization aims at the people aspect of conservation. In order to preserve the environment, they work towards benefiting local communities through the enhancement of general security, education and sustainable social upliftment. To learn more about Save the Waterberg Rhino, please check out www.waterbergrhino.org.
Rhinoweek has one mission. To create awareness. We need voices. People who are willing to speak up for nature and all its creatures; who create consciousness about the role we have as humans in the interrelationship of man and nature and consequently urge the importance to protect it. That is why I let wildlife photographer Marie-Claire Greve take my picture to use in the gallery at Rhinoweek. The picture comes with a personal statement, depicting the idea of being a voice. My statement was: “We are one.” Slightly inspired by The Lion King, but no less true. We are all connected. Humans and rhinos are part of the same world. So, let’s try to keep that world as beautiful as we can.
Come and support Save The Waterberg Rhino and all the other organizations at the Rhinoweek being held in Amsterdam from 7-14 October. Please be sure to check out www.rhinoweek.org to see the full itinerary and www.marieclairegreve.com if you want to see more of her photography.