He wasn’t supposed to be there. He wasn’t invited. The conference room door was closed, so he climbed through the window! Men yelled. Women screamed. Papers flew! The speaker stopped mid-sentence. The hairy beast, a gleam in his eye, jumped from table to table, clearly enjoying all the commotion he was causing! He quickly scanned the room, looking for a mid-morning snack. Seeing none, he disappeared back out the window, back into his own habitat.
Actually, he was the perfect visitor for this conference. People from many countries had come together to talk about ways we can encourage others to protect animals and their environment. Spending four days at a simple resort out in the countryside in northern South Africa, we were surrounded by nature. It was the perfect place for teachers, professors, college students, and conservationists to share their ideas.
It was inspiring to hear people from so many different countries talk about their concern for taking care of the earth. More and more people are beginning to realize that we need to take action now if we are going to keep animals from becoming extinct, and if we’re still going to have lots of beautiful nature to enjoy in the years ahead.
During my talk, I told them about the Fulbright project I’m working on while I’m here in South Africa. It involves bringing together, via computer, a grade four class here in South Africa with a fourth grade class in the United States, to talk about ecosystems and taking care of the environment. Some of the participants thought this was so important, that they agreed to talk to you students directly.