Green hair to show they care
04 July 2019
Senior Ranger, Jen Pitman
Seven female rangers in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region are joining colleagues around Australia in dyeing their hair green later this month to raise awareness of the risks faced by their international colleagues.
They are among 20 female rangers from around Australia who are running the “Girls Go Green” campaign, which will also raise funds to help indigenous rangers in the Oceania region attend the next World Ranger Congress in Nepal.
Ranger Jen Pitman said the money raised would go to Thin Green Line, the charity arm of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). World Ranger Day is acknowledged on 31 July each year.
“Girls Go Green was the brainchild of Parks SA ranger Jasmine Swales and was developed last year at the IRF Oceania Forum, with a target of $25,000,” she said.
“Every three years the IRF hosts a world congress in a different part of the world to bring rangers together to share knowledge and resources. However, some ranger associations have less financial support and can’t afford to send delegates.
“We hope to raise enough to support at least five indigenous rangers from the Oceania region to attend the 2019 congress in Nepal later this year.
“It would be great to enable them to attend and build life-changing networks and skills, as well as being able to witness first-hand the support they have globally for their dedication.”
The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007. It celebrates the work rangers do on the ground to protect natural and cultural heritage, as well as other operational and environmental educational efforts. The day also commemorates park rangers killed or injured in the line of duty.
The Thin Green Line Foundation works mostly in developing nations and conflict zones, but also with indigenous rangers in Australia and other countries. About two or three rangers are killed each week while performing conservation duties around the world. Many are killed by poachers, armed militia or animals.
The foundation says about more than 1000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years.
Visit the local fundraising page to make a donation.