Henry Goh, BirdLife International Vice Chairman for South East Asian Region, came to meet the Borneo Pulse team for the first time on 19th April 2022 while he was on a work trip to Sabah. During the two-hour informal meeting, we discussed issues of mutual interest, particularly on birds.
BirdLife International is a 100-year-old global partnership of non-governmental organisations that strives to conserve birds and their habitats. Its priorities include preventing extinction of bird species, identifying and safeguarding important sites for birds, maintaining and restoring key bird habitats and empowering conservationists worldwide.
Personally, I find it interesting to learn that birds are our early warning system as we, humans, continue to destroy and consume nature at a devastating rate. As I let this information sink deeper, I think about their place – and our place – in this whole interconnected thing called life. Can’t help feeling small but at the same time having a fresh sense of expansion that we’re all part of the universe.
I’m sure from now on we’ll look at birds through a different lens altogether.