“Steve’s words echo the story of my life,” explains Weldon Lee. “including the reason for my existence on planet Earth. Everything that I have ever done has prepared me for this moment – to stand up and speak out on behalf of my wild brothers and sisters around the world. Like Steve, I too, am a wildlife warrior, and will fight, fight to the death, if necessary, for my wild brothers and sisters.”
Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the book that was ultimately responsible for halting the use of DDT in U.S, had this to say, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
“Our wild brothers and sisters have the ability to communicate with people,” proclaims Weldon. “Once we begin listening to what they have to say,” he continues, “we will begin to understand. When that happens, we will fall in love with them. My job is to teach others how to listen to what our wild brothers and sisters are saying. Through public speaking, writing, and my photography, I am able to do that.
According to Weldon, “The words of biology professor, Richard B. Primack, keep ringing in my ear. ‘Actions taken – or bypassed – during the next few decades will determine how many of the world’s species will survive. People may someday look back on the closing years of the twentieth century as an extraordinarily exciting time when a relative handful of determined people saved numerous species and some entire biological communities.’”
What will we do . . . and will it be enough?