With elephant populations rapidly declining, socially conscious network of artists takes action.
Artists Against Ivory — a network of artists dedicated to creating sustainable art, jewellery, and fashion without the use of ivory — recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness about the cruelty of the ivory trade and the global necessity of protecting elephants.
“The ivory trade has devastated the elephant community,” says Richard Horner, Artists Against Ivory’s Executive Director and i-genius member. “Fortunately, there is something we can do. Our campaign seeks to raise awareness and promote local and global activism around elephant conservation. Through individual support and donations, we can do our part to protect one of nature’s most majestic creatures.”
A staggering 36,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory — and if this rate continues, elephants have just 10 years left to enjoy their natural habitat. Artists Against Ivory is calling on citizens from all over the world to take a stance against such harmful poaching, which has decimated elephant populations and ravaged local communities.
The Indiegogo campaign will feature a variety of fundraising levels, which begin at as little as $2. Each donation goes directly towards feeding, protecting, and rehabilitating elephants that have been injured and orphaned due to poaching. For each donation, donors will receive an original work of art from internationally-acclaimed contributing artists such as Miss Elle Anyoux, Alice Popkorn, Paul Robbins and Karen Laurence-Rowe.
In addition to its thousands of individual supporters, the Artists Against Ivory campaign involves major global leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as entertainers such as Oprah Winfrey and Peng Liyuan. Beneficiaries include the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, PAMS Foundation, Save the Elephants, WildAid, and Space for Giants.
To donate to the campaign, go to http://igg.me/at/ArtistsAgainstIvory/x/5360058