why Did An Elephant Ice Sculpture Appear In New York City
On 12th August 2017, in Union Square, New York. Stood an ice sculpture of an elephant under the summer heat it was melting. The message simple, if we don't do something to protect them, they will disappear. It is a scary thought that in our lifetime elephants could go extinct, the only way to change that is to take action.
There are only 400 000 African Elephants left. One elephant is lost every 15 minutes to poachers for their ivory.
I spoke with Dr Paula Kahumbu
"You grew up in Africa, and you can't help but be connected to nature and wildlife, its part of our history and culture, part of our identity. I started working in conservation from a very young age because I felt I had to do something, make a difference."
How can people help?
"Don't buy ivory."
"Create awareness by talking to friends and your network, by blogging and twitter.
support initiatives by directly going to Wildlife Direct
Ice sculpture by Shintaro Okamoto
I have been a big fan of Dr Paula Kahumbu and the work she is doing to make sure elephants don't go extinct. When I heard she was going to be in New York, I made sure I was there to meet her and support.