On Earth Day–In Memory of Lawrence Anthony

Lawrence Anthony, who passed away a month ago, was an icon in the environmentalist movement.  He was also in the forefront of the movement to create a humane South Africa and helped to bridge the transition after Apartheid.

For this work, he was awarded the International Association of Scientologists Freedom Medal.  One of his legacies is the Earth Organization, a non-profit, non-partisan, issue-oriented organization comprised of members from all walks of life,  cultures, races and religious backgrounds, all motivated by the common cause: to reverse the dwindling spiral of life on Earth, and create a healthy habitable planet on which all life flourishes and prospers, and of which we can be proud.

In his book, Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, Mr. Anthony wrote: “The prophets of doom are already saying it is too late, that the crude and uniformed impact of man on the planet’s life systems is just too great and that we don’t have enough time to turn it all around.  I don’t happen to agree, but I do know that we are entering the endgame.  Unless there is a swift and marked change in our attitudes and actions, we could well be on our way to becoming an endangered species.”

This Video gives an insight into what motivated Anthony to risk his life to save the animals at the Baghdad Zoo in the first days of the war in Iraq:

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Known as “the elephant whisperer” here is rare footage of Anthony with the matriarch of an elephant herd that was rampaging in the area and would have been put to death had it not been for his courageous intervention.

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In a final word on this amazing man and his legacy, I leave you with this public service announcement from the Lawrence Anthony Foundation and ask for your help to support it’s goal: to stop the on-going poaching of rhino which threatens the survival of the species.

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