ELEPHANT TROPHY HUNTING RECAP
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- What’s happening
- How to help
Yesterday, Trump announced that he would be lifting a ban put in place by Obama that stopped hunters brining elephant body parts back in to the U.S. as trophies. This sparked immediate outrage around the globe from conservation groups, animal lovers and anyone else with a brain. Many accused Donald Trump of lifting the ban simply because his sons are known for hunting elephants in Africa in the past (there is photographic evidence of this). After all this public pressure and outrage, Trump took a U-Turn and put the decision on hold until it goes under ‘review’ (something he should’ve done before he made the decision). This however was a sigh of relief for people around the world and shows that people power is working. But we need to keep it up if we want to stop this completely so here’s all the ways you can help:
• Support Ellen, who is donating to DSWT (an orphan elephant sanctuary) as a message to trump. For everyone who reposts her image with the # #BeKindToElephants, she will make a donation to this trust. If you want the photo to repost go to @theellenshow and it is 6th from the top currently. Repost it with the # and she will make a donation
• You can also do this through Twitter, head to @theellenshow on Twitter and retweet the photo there and she will also be making a donation for every retweet. • SIGN THE PETITION IN MY BIO
• SIGN THE PETITION in @alex_and_malak’s bio
• Search for more petitions on google and keep an eye out for new ones I post on my story, I believe there are many on change.org
• Comment on Donald Trump’s social media (@realdonaldtrump)
• If you live in the States call your local congressman or senator
• Keep your ears and eyes alert for more resistance
Follow @StandForEarth to keep updated and in the know. We will fight this all the way
Recognition is definitely not something I set out to get when I started Stand For Earth. Despite that, getting some has been really awesome and I thought I’d share it with you. Recently, at my high school’s end-of-year prizegiving, I received the ‘Service Above Self’ award in my year level of almost 200 students, mostly for my work on my Stand For Earth website and cause. Receiving this was a shock and something I wasn’t expecting but it feels good that what I’ve done so far has been acknowledged. I seldom pause to reflect on how much this cause has blossomed over the past year and I often don’t take the time to be grateful to all of you who support it and make it happen. I have a functioning website, a mission, the building blocks have been laid and I have almost 4,000 people who decided to follow my mission just on Instagram alone. I am only 17, so no matter where Stand For Earth goes in the future I will be eternally grateful for the experiences I have had so far and the other people in this community I have met online. You guys sign the petitions I share, you give me feedback and I even have people sending me news stories about the environment and saying ‘have you seen this?’ which is really cool. All these things are what keeps this machine running so in a way you not only helped me get this award, but this award is for you too. Now don’t worry. There is a point to this post and it’s not just 11pm emotional rambling so let’s get to it. Along with my award, I was lucky enough to receive $75 and I have of course decided I need to use that money for good. So, I won’t give away too much yet but let’s just say that this $75 will be going towards the startup money I need for a project I have planned. I wouldn’t get too excited yet because this is a big project and a timeline is not yet available but let’s just say...
— @mctthewgroom | @standforearth.nz
This Weddell Seal has been accompanied by her pup for a swim under the Antarctic ice. Below the surface of Southern waters lies 10,000s of diverse species that interact with each other and live off of the cold climate, water and ice. Antarctica’s Oceans are teeming with life and it’s about time they received some more protection. Recently Bhutan pledged to protect 2 million hectares of forest so why can we protect 2 million hectares of ocean in Antarctica too? If you believe we should then put that belief in to action by signing the petition in my bio, asking relevant world leaders to create a Antarctic Marine Sanctuary that is protected from human activity. Last night I watched Blue Planet II, which is a series documenting the oceans and the life they hold and it really inspired me and made me realise how big our ocean is, how diverse and incredible it is, and how fragile it is which means it needs protecting. I highly suggest you watch the show and then sign that petition! (LINK IN BIO) | Photo: National Geographic
Think a crazy thought today...
Harnessing energy from the sun and bringing species back from the brink of extinction were once wild ideas.
I have big dreams for the future of this cause and what I want to do with it when I leave school and step in to the world. I hope you have big dreams for the planet too.
Photo: @futuremylove #StandForEarth
Swipe to the next slide for a SPOOKY surprise. You know what the most frightening thing is this Halloween season? A future where oil drilling in the Arctic is allowed. To me that’s a way scarier prospect than goblins or ghouls and the second image is not something I want to see replicated in the Arctic. If you don’t either then sign the petition in my bio to support a court cause that will (fingers crossed) block it, but they need enough signatures to do this so sign! The deadline is CREEPING up as the hearing begins on Wednesday so hurry!
Well that about wraps up the People Vs Arctic Oil Weekend of Action. Thank you to everyone who participated in someway by signing the petition to safeguard the Arctic or reading the blog post. If you STILL haven’t signed that petition go and do it now (LINK IN BIO) to help keep oil drilling out of the Arctic. I leave you with this video of a gigantic glacier in Greenland that is part of the second largest ice sheet on the globe. Unfortunately it is also the fastest moving ice sheet, melting at a faster rate than ever. I know it’s hard to tell without something to scale but these cliffs of ice and enormous! Let’s keep oil out of the waters that surround them.
Some of the animals that live in the Arctic include the...
— Arctic Fox (vulpes lagopus)
— Harp Seal (pagophilus groenlandicus)
— and the Lynx
There are many other species not photographed here such as walruses, beluga whales, narwhals and of course the iconic polar bear. All these species call the Arctic home and many are already vulnerable or endangered. Why would we add more threats to their existence with oil drilling? Keep these animals safe and SIGN THE PETITION located in my bio to block oil activity of any kind in their vicinity. They do not have a voice so be a voice for them. (LINK IN BIO).
Also can we just appreciate how stunning the first photo in this slideshow is, the Arctic Fox is so gorgeous... (okay, now go sign that petition so we can keep seeing photos of foxes like these)
The new blog post has officially gone LIVE (Link In Bio)! This blog is accompanying my People Vs Arctic Oil weekend of action and focuses on the history of the court case, how the movement began and the vulnerability of the Arctic region. It is titled ‘Oil & Water Don’t Mix’ playing on the idea of drilling for oil in arctic waters and is also my first proper, permanent blog post which is pretty special. Don’t worry, you will still be able to access the petition as the link is located at the top of the blog. Go check it out, have a read, and get more insight to this fight against a stupid decision (LINK IN BIO). Let me know what you think.
posts with a pen symbol in the corner indicate a new blog post | Background : Timo Lieber
This polar bear cub was photographed waving at a passing ship filled with tourists before playing up for the camera and sticking his tongue out at the photographer. These animals are fun, goofy, intelligent and loving so why should oil drilling in their home even be considered? It’s because they can’t speak up and say we don’t want this, they cannot fight back or do anything so people see this as an excuse to exploit their home. Tell the Norwegian government NO and help block oil drilling in the Arctic region, which is currently being considered. (LINK IN BIO)
A full gallery of more Arctic animals will be shared tomorrow so you can see the full extent of what arctic drilling would do and how many species it would effect.
To kick off the People Vs Arctic Oil weekend of action here are a series of photos showcasing the breathtaking patterns the Arctic makes. Unfortunately these patterns are not a good sign. These photos are part of a series by Timo Lieber called ‘THAW’ showing the effect of melting ice in the Arctic. What should be pristine white is filled with blue and although it’s beautiful it’s devastatingly beautiful and shows the scale of accelerated global warming and melting glaciers. Sign the petition in my bio to keep oil out of this picture.
’s: Timo Lieber
People Vs Arctic Oil
Weekend Of Action
Starting November, Greenpeace are taking the Norwegian government to court for their proposal of oil drilling in the Arctic. Greenpeace wants to block this from happening, but they have needed your help for the last couple of months. Now there are only a few days left till the case starts and time is ticking away. That’s why I am running a weekend of action this Saturday - Sunday to create as much awareness as possible and get as many signatures and support as we can.
You can expect:
— Photography and video that showcases how amazing the Arctic is
— More pushing to get that petition signed
— Possibly some other petitions that are fighting against this too?
— Spreading awareness over social media
— A blog post about the case
Stay tuned for a busy weekend!
This is the Arctic Fox. It and many other animals are about to have their home put in peril because of a move by the Norwegian government to drill for oil in the arctic. Defend these animals that can defend themselves and who would be the most affected by an oil spill in the Arctic despite having no fault in causing. You can do this by signing the petition in my bio to block this move and say NO! It’s not worth it.
Today was #InternationalSnowLeopardDay! In good news, snow leopard populations are slowly increasing and they have been removed from the endangered species list, but don’t drop your guard. They are still listed as vulnerable! #SnowLeopardDay
: National Geographic
Right, now that the updated website is up and running, it’s time to get back to the People VS Arctic Oil court case. This photo really shows how vibrant the Arctic is and how important it is we protect it. If you want to be apart of that then sign the petition located in my bio to block oil drilling in the Arctic region which may be allowed by the Norwegian government if we don’t voice our concerns loud enough. So add your voice immediately, as there are only 10 days left till the court case starts and you’ll regret it if you don’t. Every signature or share can bring us a step closer and drastically change the future for this fragile region.
Sustainable buildings are buildings of the future. Many of them are equipped with the goal of having zero carbon footprint, saving energy and being dotted with trees like this one pictured here. If you want to find out how to lower YOUR carbon footprint then the final of my first 3 advice sections has gone up on the new and improved Stand For Earth website! (LINK IN BIO) just go to Action Portal > Planet > Advice and find the lower your carbon footprint page. While you’re on the website be sure to also sign the urgent People VS Arctic Oil petition that is sitting at the top of the homepage
Deforestation is a pressing issue and it’s something we all contribute to in our lives. Trees are habitats for millions of animal species, they sequester carbon from the air and they give us the oxygen we breathe so it’s safe to say that trees are pretty important. If you want some tips on reducing your contribution to deforestation then my first advice section has gone up on the new and improved Stand For Earth website! (LINK IN BIO) just go to Action Portal > Planet > Advice and find the combat deforestation page. While you’re on the website be sure to also sign the urgent People VS Arctic Oil petition that is sitting at the top of the homepage!
Every year enough plastic straws are used (in the U.S. alone) to fill 9 stadiums. These straws are usually used for no longer than an hour and then thrown away either sitting in landfill for hundreds of years or ending up in the ocean. It’s time to ditch plastic straws. If you want some tips on reducing your single-use plastic use then my first advice section has gone up on the new and improved Stand For Earth website! (LINK IN BIO) just go to Action Portal > Planet > Advice and find the single-use plastic page. If we want to protect our oceans it’s time to get rid of plastic straws and other single-use items! While you’re on the website be sure to also sign the urgent People VS Arctic Oil petition that is sitting at the top of the homepage!