Make your New Year’s Resolution a Pledge for Elephants
Pledge To Protect is about getting people to pledge to do something for elephants in 2014. Whether you choose something big, small or simple, by making your New Year’s resolution all about elephants you can make change happen for the species.
Elephants need our help like never before and if we all pledge to take positive actions for elephants this year then we can show the world the importance of the species. This will influence others to follow your lead and make their own Pledge To Protect and together we can build on the positive developments we witnessed in 2013; as governments started to take greater steps to protect the species and NGOs and individuals better worked together for the future of elephants.
Why make a Pledge?
Estimates vary, however it is believed that only between 250,000 and 400,000 elephants remain in Africa and that annually 36,000 elephants are being killed for their ivory tusks. The ‘official’ figures for 2013 are not yet known, though informed conservationists and NGOs working on the front line expect 2013 to be the worst year for elephants in terms of numbers lost. We certainly have the ability to save Africa’s elephants and there have been important developments in the last 12 months, details of which can be found at www.iworry.org
Last year the DSWT invited people to join the International March for Elephants, in what proved to be the largest public demonstration of support for a wild species on a single day. It showed the drive and passion that exists internationally to save elephants and we must build on that, so that our voices and our actions continue to influence positive change and create broader public awareness of the threat of ivory poaching and the need to reduce demand for ivory. That is why we are asking everyone to make a Pledge To Protect Elephants this this.
Who are the DSWT?
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) protect Africa’s wildlife including wild elephants who every year, face the threat of poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction. Established more than 35 years ago, the DSWT is a field based NGO, that operates Anti-Poaching Operations, Mobile Veterinary Units, Aerial Surveillance Patrols, Community Outreach Programs and undertakes projects to secure threatened habitats for the future of wildlife. It is also the most successful elephant orphanage in Africa, rescuing and hand-raising orphaned infant elephants so that they have a second chance at life in the wild when grown.
What can you pledge?
Make your pledge now to get involved and join others around the world doing something positive to protect elephants. This is your Pledge and only you know what you can commit to do, but every positive action for elephants will help the species. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking:
- I pledge to give the gift of life and to foster an elephant in 2014
- I pledge to get fit and raise awareness for elephants by taking part in a sponsored fun run
- I pledge to meet new people by hosting an event to raise funds for elephant conservation
- I pledge to raise awareness of elephants by sharing elephant related posts on Facebook and Twitter every week
- I pledge to get my school or place of work involved
- I pledge to write to my government and urge them to take greater action to save elephants
- I pledge to join the IWORRY campaign and add my voice to tens of thousands of others coming together to speak up for elephants