An Elephant is Killed 1 every fifteen minutes and a Rhino 1 every 9-11 hours in Africa, these beloved and iconic animals are scheduled for extinction in the wild in as little as ten years.
Please help spread the word and join the march on Oct 4th 2014.#March4ElesandRhino – Find out more information about this topic here.
Fran and I decided that we would prepare a little toolkit for the upcoming march. As we get closer to October 4 we will continue to fill out more details but this toolkit will help you know what to expect (for first timers of which I am practically one:) and how we can all come together to most effectively help the animals we are holding this march for.
The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos - Vancouver October 4th, 2014
Today 123 other cities will be marching to raise awareness and petition government to end the ivory trade and increase conservation efforts for elephants and rhinos.
The march will take place rain or shine! Bring your umbrellas if it’s wet.
750 Hornby Street – North Side of the Art Gallery
Instagram and Twitter Hashtag
Day of #GMFERYVR
Twitter tag – #March4EliesandRhinos or #GMFER
What to expect the day of:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
This agenda is a draft and might change as we get closer to the date and confirm details but this is basically what you can expect:
1:00 – Music -African drumming + Facepainting
As people arrive we’ll direct you to the table where we will hand out signs, get people to sign petitions and hand out petitions. There will be a table with information and takeaway pieces for further action.
1:30 Guest Speaker Jake Wall
Jake is a PhD student in UBC’s geography department.He has built a sophisticated tracking system that collects, analyzes and reports on the activities of nearly 100 African elephants in an effort to protect these threatened animals and understand their movement patterns. You can read more about Jake here.
1:50 – 2:05 Rosemary Conder – Chief Development Officer at the BC SPCA and an elephant activist. Learn more about Rosemary here.
2:05 – March from Georgia to Granville Station
Granville Station to Waterfront Station
Waterfront Station to Burrard Station – to Robson Street and Hornby back to the Gallery
2:30 -3:00 Elephant sounds – pictures – closing remarks and further action
Making Signs and Costumes
While we will have some signs to hand out we encourage you to make one at home and bring it along. For ours we used:
paint stir sticks as handles
foam core to mount the poster on both sides
glue – to glue it all together
Here is some artwork you can use or you can make your own! More to come!
Marchers in Israel and London!
Capturing attention and having fun at the same time is important. Here are some examples of other marchers:
Protest against Canned Lion Hunting in Israel.
Getting the Word Out
Please help us get the word out. The more people who realize the issues facing these animals, the more of an impact we are able to make on October 4th, the more signatures and MP’s we contact the better the outcome for elephants and rhinos. Let’s make NOISE.
If you have local media, please send them this release:
Please use this poster to publicize the march. Send it to friends and family, post it at your local library coffee shops.
Finalposter – please print or email to your networks.
These smaller promo pieces can be used to hand out to your networks.
Petitions are the life blood of the march. This is how we really make noise. Getting signatures is important. If you can print a copy of this and get signatures and bring it to the march to hand in to organizers that would be amazing and we’ll love you forever.
Petition for parliament-3 – these are signatures to be gathered.
This is a letter we encourage you to send to your MP. All you have to do is add your signature and find your MP through this contact list:
Petition to Parliament Augustt 25-4 – a letter to send to your MP http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
Petition to China – Stop Carving and other easy but important actions to take:
You can make a difference. Things you can do are:
Tell people about what you know. (See media below and share)
Take what you know and let your government rep know.
Support people working the front lines.You can do this by “liking” these groups on facebook and social media, sharing stories and news, supporting them by supporting their fundraisers – buy t-shirts, adopt orphans as gifts, or fundraise for them. Do NOT support animals in tourism. Elephant rides and treks are all a part of a system of terrible animal abuse. Tell people. Excellent organizations to support are:
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Save the Elephants
Big Life Foundation
African Wilfdlife Foundation
There are more – but these are just a few.
Get cool t-shirts, mugs, decals etc right here
Endorsed by Jane Goodall
Canadian Media and Major Media to date:
CBC Quirks and Quarks – Bob McDonald interviews George Wittmeyer
National Geographic – Elephant Hero – Sam Wasser
Google Elephant, BC Man’s System, Helps Save Threatened Species – Article on Jake Wall
Huffington Post – The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis
Newsweek: Richard Leakey Tries to Save the African Elephant – Again – August 2014
Canada AM – August 2014 Greg Gubitz – Big Life Foundation – Why Elephant Poaching Is On the Rise – “We don’t stand a chance unless we drive down demand”
Elephants Never Forget, Let’s Not Forget About Them The Globe and Mail August 2014
Elephant slaughter by poachers in Africa soars to 100,000 in 3 years – The CBC News August 2014
Elephants Perilously Close to Extinction The Toronto Star August 2014
UBC Trek Magazine – Keeping Track of Elephants August 2014
Ivory Trade: Why Elephant Poaching is still rampant -CBC Online
Don’t let anyone discourage you from social action. Protest, pushing government and organizations to change works but we need to work together, have fun while getting some serious things done. If we don’t do this, these animals can’t save themselves.
The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos October 4th, 2014 has the support of the following NGO’s
ElephantVoices, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Elephants Without Borders, Performing Animal Welfare Society – PAWS, the Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free Foundation, Born Free USA, Animal Defenders International, In Defense of Animals, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, The Rhino Orphanage, United for Wildlife, IAPF – International Anti Poaching Foundation – www.iapf.org
Mrs Helen Clark, head of United Nations Development Program for your support and inspiration in a call to action for support of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos!!!!