The Endangered Guinea Worm
The rare Guinea Worm faces extinction. Yet despite growing public support for environmentalism and preservation of endangered species, few people will speak out on the Guinea Worm's behalf. In fact, the United Nations and several prominent U.S. agencies are leading a quiet campaign to eradicate this dwindling species forever from the planet. Is the Guinea Worm the world's most endangered species?
Who Speaks for the Guinea Worms?
As you read this, a cartel of powerful organizations is conspiring to exterminate a living endangered species from the planet. And almost no one is doing anything about it.
The Guinea Worm has few defenders. Guinea Worms are neither cute nor fluffy. An animated Guinea Worm with a humorous voice has never appeared in a Disney movie. Yet the Guinea Worm is as endangered as any species today. When the last one has been killed, the earth's biodiversity will have been irrevocably harmed.
Unlike elephants, tigers, and other charismatic megafauna, the Guinea Worm has few advocates. While more photogenic species benefit from worldwide attention and seemingly-inexhaustible efforts to preserve their small numbers, the Guinea Worm struggles in silence against an organized worldwide effort of supposed "health" experts who have little or no awareness of the damage they pose to worldwide biodiversity. Ironically, as a parasite the Guinea Worm is dependent on humanity to complete its life cycle. The species' very survival depends on us.
The Save the Guinea Worm Foundation was founded to speak out where the environmental movement has remained silent, and stop the United Nations and the rest of its international Cartel from destroying the world's most endangered species forever.
The Crisis: Who is Behind the Extermination?
At the heart of the Guinea Worm crisis is the United Nations, along with several powerful global agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In May 2000, these powerful institutions were joined by a new funding crusade to bring about the eradication of the Guinea Worm... by none other than Bill Gates and his "Gates Foundation." It is hard to believe that these respected organizations, which spend untold billions of dollars toward the alledged improvement of life on earth, would embark upon such a reckless and destructive campaign. Yet the potential environmental ramifications of Guinea Worm eradication have gone virtually ignored for years as the number of surviving Guinea Worms continued to plummet.
As of July 2000, the Guinea Worm had been completely eradicated in Europe. The species clings to life in a handful of African nations, where efforts to destroy it continue.
The Guinea Worm Destruction Cartel claims to have the best interests of humankind at their heart. Like all members of a functioning ecosystem, the Guinea Worm interacts with other members of the ecosystem to complete its life-cycle. Yet because the Guinea Worm is unlucky enough to rely upon humanity for its self preservation, it is branded a "parasite" and targeted for destruction.
At first, this approach seems to make sense from a health standpoint. Interaction with Guinea Worms is linked with painful health complaints among many people in the developing world. Certainly those people deserve a better life. Yet armed with this justification, "health" officials in the Cartel hatched a plan to bring about the most short-sighted option possible -- the complete elimination of a living species from the planet.
The Guinea Worm eradication cannot be compared to campaigns against small pox or polio for one simple reason: the Guinea Worm is not a disease microbe, but a living animal. It has a nervous system. Its hearts pump blood through its small body. It experiences pain. And for thousands, perhaps millions of years, it has inhabited the earth unmolested. Until human hubris threatened its very future.
The Challenge: How Can I Help Save the Guinea Worm?
You're not alone in your concerns about the Guinea Worm. If you act now, you'll lend your voice to a growing global outcry aginst the destruction of this endangered species. Here are some easy ways you can make a difference in your own community. You can also start by joining Save the Guinea Worm Foundation. We demand no money, no support of any kind save your commitment to helping save the world's most endangered species. More information on joining is at the bottom of this page.
Here are some great ways to help protect the Guinea Worm:
- Write your congressional representative. Express your concerns for the irreparable damage being done to earth's biodiversity by the United Nations' reckless campaign to destroy the Guinea Worm. Urge them to sponsor ammendments protecting the Guinea Worm for all legislation on funding for UNICEF, USAID, and other foreign aid organizations.
- Talk to your friends and family. Few people are aware of the senseless slaughter of Guinea Worms already underway around the world. The more people who know and are concerned, the more likely politicians will hear us saying STOP!
- Start a petition drive in your community to make August 7 Save the Guinea Worm Day.
- Call local phone-in radio shows to express your concerns that the Guinea Worm is being destroyed. Let as many people know about the Save the Guinea Worm Foundation and International Save the Guinea Worm Day.
- Encourage your local library to set up an educational, nonpartisan display about the importance of preserving the natural environment and endangered species such as the Guinea Worm.
- Call your mayor or city council and encourage them to sponsor a resolution supporting Guinea Worm preservation on International Save the Guinea Worm Day.
- Start a local Guinea Worm Club. Have a member dress as a Guinea Worm mascot and distribute educational literature at local sporting events.
- Call a local news reporter and tell him/her what you know about the immediate threat faced by the Guinea Worm worldwide. Tell him/her about the "local interest" of what your Guinea Worm Club is doing.
- If you're really serious about making a difference, join the Preservers. This brave group men and women volunteers to host living Guinea Worms in a valiant effort to preserve the species. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining this exclusive group.
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A Modest Proposal
[Kindle edition] Jonathan Swift's forward-thinking views on population and hunger have served as a model and inspiration for the Save the Guinea Worm Foundation since our inception in 1997. We encourage all who would otherwise deride our work to consider his incisive social commentary before rendering judgment.