Why help the Maasai & Savannah?

WHY HELP THE MAASAI & SAVANNAH?



A FIGHTING SPIRIT


The semi-nomadic Maasai People living in the Mara region on the border between Kenya and Tanzania are pastoralists, herders of cattle and goats, who have always required large areas of land for grazing purposes. Much of it was lost to colonialists and settlers over the years.


Yet the Maasai still remain one of the only tribes in Kenya to maintain their traditional lifestyle and live in harmony with nature.

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Climate change and modernization, however, are bringing about an unwelcome change with grave consequences...  


Global warming is causing more severe and frequent droughts, depleting natural water and food sources while increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife. Modernization and the interference of the government, particularly the introduction of modern agriculture, nature reserves, urbanization and individual land ownership protected by fences, are also contributing to the problem, forcing the formerly nomadic Maasai Peoples to settle and give up their traditional way of life. 


The traditions and livelihood of the Maasai Peoples, as well as the biodiversity of the Mara region, are endangered.


DID YOU KNOW...


... that savannas are some of the richest sites for biodiversity in the world and capture 20% of the world's C0²


By restoring the savanna, we can reverse the effects of climate change at a much faster pace.


BY HELPING THE MAASAI,

WE ARE HELPING OURSELVES!




DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT


Check out the videos  to see what other experts have to say on the matter. 

An excellent video in which Alan Savory explains the savanna, what causes desertification and how to preserve it by saving pastoralists, wildlife and biodiversity!


Check out the Savory Insitute's paper on "Restoring the Climate through the Capture and Storage of Soil Carbon Through Holistic Planned Grazing" here: https://www.savory.global/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/restoring-the-climate.pdf

We can do it!!!

An American short movie about permaculture really explaining how it can be used. The same principles can easily be applied to the situation in the Mara region.

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