What you can do to help gorillas

 作者:胶白     |      日期:2019-03-08 08:06:03
By Stephanie Pain Can you make a difference to the world’s endangered gorillas? Yes, you can. Think before buying a new cellphone If you must have a new one, then recycle the old one to reduce demand for coltan, a rare mineral used in the manufacture of heat resistant capacitors. Illegal mining of coltan ore is partly responsible for the plummeting number of eastern lowland gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Find a scheme that recycles phones and also raises money for conservation. In the UK, try Fauna and Flora International. In the US, Eco-Cell has run a cash-for-phones scheme since 2003 and now has drop bins at more than 100 zoos in both the US and Canada. Eco-Cell also accepts all digital handhelds including Game Boys. A similar scheme operates in Australia under the aegis of the Jane Goodall Institute. Check for the FSC logo on timber products Timber companies, many of them European owned, encourage trade in bushmeat by cutting roads into into remote forests, providing access for commercial hunters. If you can’t find the Forest Stewardship Council’s logo, reinforce the message by making a point of asking for certified wood. Write to your MP, MEP or Member of Congress and raise three issues in one letter or e-mail Ask them to table motions for more funding to fight Ebola, to stop imports of noncertified wood into Europe and the US, and to push for the EU and USAID to do more to address the problem of bushmeat hunting Donate money – but check where it’s going There are dozens of NGOs happy to accept your donation. Unless you are a recently retired banker with an urge to establish a trust fund for gorillas, then you could start by checking out www.wildlifedirect.org. For smaller donors, it offers a range of direct actions by groups unburdened by fancy HQs and a large staff – and most allow you to keep tabs on progress through blogs. Editorial: Rethinking the UN’s gorilla plan More on these topics: