What kinds of data would be needed to affirm if
the above causal structure is indeed true?
This is classic Law #8. Controversial but very simple.
It may not mean as great news as yet for you as the citizens but you would soon realize that the power to change the course of this story, poignant as it would like. lies also in your own hands. But the key point is, it is not as helpless out-of control situation as you may think.
Think how you may react within the systemic structure, so that you may control the outcome that you desire and yet, funnily enough, would not cost the system and can set into action, right away.
Now, that is what is called real empowerment.
SHORT EXPLANATORY NOTES:
The impact of increased levels of death on the elephant population:
- When mammals become increasingly sexually active they produce female offsprings. Heightened sexual activity is often read by nature as a need to replace lost populations and it does so by producing females to make the correction possible.
- Populations may be lost as a result of bring inflicted by diseases, natural or man-made calamities (floods, fires and so on), poaching, hunting or culling or simply as a consequence of lost access to food and shelter from humans encroaching their traditional habitats. Just because the elephants had moved away (often in search of water and food), it does not mean they have given up their homes.
- Female parents do not determine the gender of their offspring since they only produce carriers (eggs) with the X chromosomes. They, however, determine the time-ness of the conception of the offspring.
- The gender of the offspring is determined by the extent the male parent produces sperms with both the X and the Y chromosomes.
- When, however, the male becomes sexually active, however, he produces at first ‘Y’ chromosomes, and then increasingly produces more carriers (sperms) with the ‘X’ chromosomes.
- Nature is designed to take in the information that increased sexual activity as a signal that the population has a need to replace itself.
The impact of increased levels of elephant population on human activities:
- When human communities are unable to ‘learn’ ‘from the elephants’ that this may be happening, and so, if their response to increased population numbers is to cull or hunt them down, what do you think would happen next in the war of conflicts that exists between humans and elephants?
- Will, in your view, hunting and culling them, effectively reduce the conflict over time, between the two?
- There is more to interfering with the population of other life forms in protecting it for commercial (tourism or adversely for their ivory) reasons than meets the eye.
For more of the full story: Be calm. Love an elephant. The gentle giants.