Many years ago I read a Bruce Chatwin novel - Songs Of The Road- which touched my heart with his detailed account about elephants with their incredible sixth sense, fantastic memory and ability to communicate telepathically over hundreds of miles with one another.
Elephants he explains are responsible for planting trees all across the great African Steppes.
The African elephant once roamed the entire continent of Africa while the Asian elephant roamed from Syria to Northern China and the islands of Indonesia. These abundant populations have been reduced to groups in scattered areas south of the Sahara and isolated patches in India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. In 1989 they were added to the international list of the most endangered species when there were about 600,000 remaining- less than one percent of their original number.
This decline has been due to a number of factors; demand for ivory, loss and destruction of natural habitats due to human settlements. Elephants are only one of many species on the endangered species list or facing extinction as a result of the impact human habitation is having upon the earth.
In 2011, I decided to dedicate myself to creating artwork that would help create an awareness about the plight of plants and animals on the earth by focusing on the beauty and uniqueness of species while opening up a conversation about ways to make a difference. Some examples include types of plants we can introduce into our gardens that encourage pollinators, stopping the use of and banning pesticides that kill insects and making artworks from found and up-cycled materials.
Last year I donated part of the proceeds from the sale of my artwork on exhibit at Museo Gallery in Langley featuring an elephant on a tightrope entitled ‘Hanging In The Balance’ to foster an orphaned baby elephant called Ndotto through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa.
Here’s is their link: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/
Thanks to posting my story on facebook a number of friends were also inspired to foster baby elephants. It is a great way to help these animals to survive and the Sheldrick Trust makes sure you get regular updates on your foster baby. It is a small one time amount of $50 to foster a baby elephant or rhino for one year. A small amount for a big cause. So check it out!
Our future depends on all of us taking positive action now!!!
If we wait any longer it might be too late.
Here are a few environmental protection organisations that are doing good work to help protect and save the earth and her creatures and your donations can really help to a make a difference:
The Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Sierra Club and
The National Audubon Society,