Monday, June 22, 2015

Art, Not Ivory

Are you aware that the elephants are predicted to become EXTINCT from the wild within ten years if something doesn’t happen to end poaching? Most people on a site such as this probably are, but if you aren’t you’re likely not alone.  I have loved and been fascinated by elephants all my life; I even have a master’s degree in elephant behavior. And I only recently became aware of the gravity of the situation!  I thought elephant populations had recovered and poaching wasn’t an issue any longer. In fact, it’s worse than ever.  In order to help spread this important message and raise funds to put towards the anti-poaching effort I have started Art Not Ivory, where people can buy “trinkets” and elephant art rather than ever buying ivory (not that any of us would), and 100% of all profit is donated to elephant conservation.  I had to do something to help in the fight to save elephants. Standing by silently and watching is not an option. As a stay-at-home-mom and artist this was the best option I could come up with.

However, it’s just not enough and so many people are unaware that we might lose elephants. Permanently.  This past weekend I went to lunch with my besties, my soul-sisters, women I have known for over 20 years. We studied wildlife management /biology together in university and there are no mysteries between us.  They know how passionate I am about elephants, that I started Art Not Ivory, but still, and much to my surprise, neither of them was aware that elephants are predicted to go extinct.

If my friends didn’t know it’s possible yours don’t either.

How do we make everyone else aware so that we can save elephants? Maybe it’s simple, costs nothing, and only requires copying and pasting this message to share it in your newsfeed, and asking your friends to do the same:

African elephants are predicted to be extinct from the planet within ten years.  They are being killed at alarming rates for their ivory tusks. It’s caused by man; It can be stopped by man. Never buy ivory, and never sell it. If you Care, SHARE.  Copy and repost this message. #if youcareshare #endextinction #SaveElephants

A Guest Post by Carrie Yang


Green Bean said...

Thank you so much for your post. That we might lose this amazing and important species for trinkets is heartbreaking. We must raise awareness and make changes - for elephants and all the other animals facing extinction out there.

Betsy Escandon said...

This is news to me as well. The list of species facing extinction is staggering. Can't imagine our kids growing up without these iconic animals. Cool that you are using your talents to make a difference!

Sara Vartanian said...

Thank you for sharing this-I had no idea. Like Betsy I can't imagine a world without these amazing animals.


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