Here in Wales, Puffins are one of the country’s most well known animals. And they are universally recognised as being a charismatic symbol of both Wales and nature conservation in general. Like Pandas they are beautiful, endangered, and loved.
Around 30 thousand Puffins breed on the small Welsh island of Skomer. This is a fraction of the total world population, but they are regarded as indicators of the well being of all seabirds, which are represented on Skomer by large populations of Shearwaters (half the world’s population), Guillemots and Razorbills.
Like the Giant Panda, Puffins carry messages of hope that humanity will eventually put nature first in all that we do before it is too late.
Puffin-Panda-Posts is a response to the the POSTCROSSING Blog “Tiny Forest Expanded” telling how a small group of postcrossers got the following message of hope from pine tree seedlings in Portugal:
“Driving through the forest and its chopped down burnt trees is still heartbreaking… but knowing that over half of it has now been reforested and that we’re doing something to help, makes up for it”
In response to the Pinhal de Leiria story, over the next week, 36 postcrossers spontaneously expressed their solidarity with such actions to put nature first. This suggests that POSTCROSSING is the ideal hybrid IT/postal platform for people, schools and communities to display their environmental stories with postcards that exemplify care for the planet.
Puffin-Panda-Posts is an experiment in communication and school/community networking networking to sharpen postcards with nature first messages. If you were a Puffin or a Panda, what pictures-with-messages would you be sending to the world with your postcards?