Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
   WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue2                                                                                        February 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN
WellBeing International’s vision is focused on promoting the well-being of People, Animals, and the Environment (PAE Triad) and achieving optimal outcomes for all. The challenges involved in developing an appropriate measure of well-being for all three elements in the PAE Triad cannot be overstated and our goal to develop a working understanding of well-being will not be simple. The definitions/conceptual elements of well-being are different for humans (multiple measures have been developed this century), animals (animal welfare has mostly focused on ensuring the absence of harms and suffering), and the environment (well-being is not a term commonly associated with environmental advocacy – instead people speak of biodiversity, sustainability, and health). By collaborating and working with our partners and other stakeholders around the globe, we are confident a practical, relatively simple concept of well-being can be developed. Furthermore, this concept will lead to solutions to meet our goals for each part of the PAE Triad - people, animals, and the environment.

PLASTICS IN THE OCEAN 

As the global production of plastic items explodes, plastic debris and waste is accumulating across the planet’s oceans. A 20-fold increase in plastic production occurred between 1964 and 2014, and the rate of production continues to increase (see figure: 407 million tonnes in 2015, 302 million tonnes of which ended up in the waste stream in 2015). Between them, China (60mt), the USA (38mt), Germany (14.5 mt), and Brazil (12 mt) account for 40% of this waste. An excellent update on this topic is provided by a new website – Our World in Data – produced by academics at Oxford University.  

HUMAN-BABOON CONFLICT MITIGATION 

The chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) is one of the largest of all monkeys and is a relatively common sight in the Cape Province in South Africa. In fact, the 500 or so baboons living on the mountain slopes of the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town, South Africa) are now the focus of serious human-wildlife conflict concerns. The baboons have learned that food and people are closely linked. Individual baboons have learned to open car doors parked in the Cape Point Nature Reserve and baboon troops now get into houses and raid refrigerators in Cape Town and its suburbs. However, the human-baboon conflict is widespread in South Africa and the following is a description of how the Greyton community is resolving this conflict.
 

Book Review, Aristotle’s Way: How ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life, By Edith Hall.

Bernard E. Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. It is easy to believe that what we imprecisely call “human nature” has not greatly changed since the time of Aristotle. When we combine this fact with his commonsense approach, it is easy to see how and why Dr. Hall chose this project. The most impressive part of her book is the degree to which she makes Aristotelian ideas come alive for today’s citizens.  
 
Well-being of Wildlife and the Environment

Our latest blog is authored by Dr. John Hadidian (one of WBI’s Global Ambassadors) and his colleague, philosopher Dr. William Lynn of Clark University in Massachusetts. The blog is structured around the relatively new concept of Compassionate Conservation and discusses how it arose, what it is, and how it connects to ideas about the well-being of animals and the environment. Compassionate conservation is the
most recent attempt to try to reconcile the competing visions of nineteenth century pioneers of environmental protection – Gifford Pinchot (protect nature FOR humans – traditional conservation) and John Muir (protect nature FROM humans - preservation). Aldo Leopold tried to develop a synthesis, but his ideas now underpin the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, which mainly involves protecting wildlife for human purposes. The blog is heavy-going but we make no apologies for expecting our readers to work a little to grasp the core elements of what is a challenging concept – namely, well-being.  
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
March 20-22, 2019
Oxford University, Worcester College, WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum , a ground-breaking conference on global trends and wildlife. 
October 14-16, 2019 
University of Sydney, One Welfare Conference II – A follow-up to the first International One Welfare Conference, held in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2016.
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