Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dancing bears

One of the joys of living in this time is the sheer volume of people who are doing something about the bad stuff in their neck of the woods. In Saving the dancing bears of India, Squidooer Frankster tells us about two warm-hearted souls who have rescued more than half of India's painfully imprisoned dancing bears, and are well on the way to rescuing all of them. They are Geeta Seshamani and Kartick Styanarayan, cofounders of Wildlife S.O.S.

I give thanks for the energy, commitment and love that keeps Geeta and Kartick going. I give gratitude for their compassion for the bears, and for their strength and courage. I give thanks too for the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), which works with the Kalandars to stop the practice of raising and enslaving the bears.

A nomadic people who have earned their livelihood for centuries exhibiting the dancing bears, the Kalandars were understandably reluctant to give up their primary income source. Through negotiation, education, and training, the WTI helps the Kalandars improve their quality of life while learning new skills and developing new income streams.

That's progress toward a much more Ordinary world, don't you think?


  1. Very true!

    Yesterday I bought some bits from a charity shop (cancer foundation) and as the cashier handed me the reciept she said "don't forget to recycle it."

    Can you imagine anyone saying that even five years ago? I can't. Things are changing, hopefully fast enough!

  2. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Bear in TreeSquidoo is giving away $80,000 to charity. Wildlife S.O.S. is one of the chosen non-profit organizations. All you have to do is click on "Wildlife SOS" in the list of options, and Squidoo will give a $2 donation, which they will use to help bears and other wildlife in India.



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