I was able to attend the most important series of marches to date to protest ivory poaching and the escalating killing of elephants for their tusks. Ivory is now worth more than gold, and with only @ 300,000 elephants left in Africa, and killing at more than 100 per day on average, there is no time to lose to let your voice be heard.
Hilary Clinton has pledged 80 million dollars to fight the ivory trade, and there are many encouraging steps being taken by celebrities in China to raise awareness there where the demand is greatest.
Please watch and share this video which I made after the march, which was the first time in human history that people across the globe marched to save another species. As I describe in my talk Saving the Elephants, Saving Ourselves: The Role of Art in Social Change, our collective humanity is at stake with the loss of such a magnificent, wise, ancient culture and emotionally rich series of individual animals. Once the elephants are gone they will never return, and an animal which has been a religious symbol and considered by many indigenous people to be the mind of nature could be lost within the next ten years.
We all can make a difference in this by raising awareness, sending money to various organizations like the Sheldrick Trust, and of course to donating to Naturestage which is taking a larger view of how vital education and a taught respect for all other species alongside is if we are going to change our ways of dominating and destroying so much of the planet, however unwittingly.
The Elephant Project and the One Language Project all need your support. All donations are tax-deductible.
You can purchase the Evolve long-sleeved shirts seen in this video (and cards with the same design) on the naturestage store and know that the proceeds go directly to our projects, and you can contact Mike Paredes at http://www.mapphotographic.com/. He donates 50% of the proceeds towards a charity involved in protecting the animals he photographs.