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Elephants have been revered for centuries in Asia, playing an important role in the continent's culture and religion. The Asian elephant also plays a crucial role in the ecosystem because they maintain forest clearing and distribute the seeds of trees and shrubs. Many other species depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems for their own survival. Sadly, the Asian elephant population has declined 50% over three generations and now endangered. Some reasons for the rapid decline are:
- Rapid human population growth
- Shrinking and fragmented elephant habitat
- Major reductions in elephant “exclusive zones” and “buffer zones”
- Small populations, inbreeding and disease
- Increased human-elephant conflicts, including poaching
- An extraordinary increase in railway accidents, resulting from an increase in the range, size, and speed of railways through elephant habitats.
7 Ways YOU Can Help Save Asian Elephants from Extinction:
1. Do not buy, wear, or sell ivory products
Elephants are killed for their tusks; the tusks are not collected from a live elephant that grows new ones.
2. Buy elephant-friendly coffee and wood
Coffee and timber crops are often grown in plantations that destroy elephant habitats. Make sure to buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber and certified fair trade coffee.
3. Do not buy palm oil
The palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change and animal cruelty. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction.
4. Purchase Ellie Pooh products
Ellie Pooh is a unique collection of fair trade stationary products from elephant dung! The products raise the tolerance of farmers toward elephants, by compensating them for damage to their crops and by creating jobs. Learn more here.
5. While visiting areas in southeast Asia DO NOT
Ride on elephants, visit trekking camps, purchase pictures “painted” by elephants, tip / donate money to elephant tenders or elephant mahouts.
6. Donate to these organizations
[click on organization to learn more]
7. Share this blog via email or social media!
From the cultural and artistic heart of Bali to YOU!
Don't miss the exquisite sterling silver jewelry collection from Sandpiper Imports for one afternoon only at Global Gifts Short North in Columbus. On Sunday, April 23rd from 2-4pm, Sandpiper Imports' owner, Erika Poulos, will be in store answering questions about her inspirational work and exciting adventures in Fair Trade. She's bringing with her an expanded selection of handmade Balinese rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Founded in 2012, Sandpiper Imports is a Fair Trade company that offers a unique & classic collection of high quality .925 sterling silver jewelry designed and handcrafted by artisans in Bali, Indonesia. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Sandpiper follows nine established Fair Trade principles and works directly with a small silversmith artisan community located in a village an hour outside of Ubud, a city well-regarded as the cultural and artistic center of Bali.
Artisans inlay natural materials like mother of pearl and abalone in the elegant Antik sterling silver teardrop earrings. As with all Sandpiper jewelry, they are .925 sterling silver.
This gorgeous lotus pendant and Udara earrings pair wonderfully and can be worn for casual or more formal outings.
Available in a variety of styles, the unique dream ball pendants make a gentle chiming sound to soothe and calm. These intricately designed pendants can be given as a sign of timeless friendship and are also a traditional gift for pregnant women.
The jepun flower, also known as frangipani, is a featured design element for several Sandpiper rings. This fragrant flower is abundant in Bali and often used in sacred rituals.
While all Global Gifts stores carry Sandpiper Imports jewelry year-round, the expanded selection will only be available at the Trunk Show happening on Sunday, April 23rd from 2-4pm at the Global Gifts in Columbus, Ohio!