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Last March of the Elephantom

Elephantom Yesterday at The March for Elephants & Rhinos (London). This is the 4th annual March I have been to … (since the very first one in 2013). And it’s the 3rd one my sister Vathani Navasothy has actively been involved.. alongside `Action for Elephants Uk’ group that was set up (by Maria Mossman, Denise Dresner & friends) after the first March was so successful. My sister has consistently involved in it…promotions, publicity, sales, and every year doing the sponsored 10K run ..raising literally several thousands of pounds. I should know..I’ve video’ed it. ūüôā This year she took up the role of marshalling the March.

It has been an absolute thrill, privilege and an honour to have stood shoulder to shoulder with my fellow eco-activists (saving Elephants, Rhinos, Whales, Dolphins).. ūüôā Nothing will take away that…or the camaraderie & friendships I have formed with fellow activists.

Elephantom & Vathani at march for Elephants & Rhinos 2016 London.jpg

And.. each year, my old creation Elephantom the Eco-hero has been involved in `his’ many guises.. at these marches ūüôā ( I wrote a children’s graphic novel of that character originally created by me in 1994. It’s published in Amazon as ebook & print book).

But ..sometimes all good things must end.. and this will be the `final’ appearance for me & Elephantom at these great `March for Elephants & Rhinos’.

Why? Well.. as the war-Doctor would say, `It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.. and others to carry that on..’ .

Many of us have lent our passions and energies to bringing these to public awareness…turning up, doing huge amounts of blogging, videos (filming/ editing), promoting..etc.. I see now..that the Marches are huge…thousands are turning up.. Signatures are being taken and delivered into 10, Downing Street.. It’s going to be okay.. ūüôā

And so.. (me and my sister) will be peeling off… to get on with other causes that are dear to our hearts..other matters that deeply need our energies and attentions..

I often say… nothing matters more than solving the heart-wrenching (for me) tragedy of 25,000 children dying *every day*. If humans can’t even save their own future..their own off-springs…then what good is saving the world or wild life?

The earth will carry on…none of us are in any doubt.. but it just won’t be habitable for us humans..and that’s fine.. Earth has done that many times over the Aeons.. Dinosaurs have come and sadly gone.. and I just hope humans who have come don’t go like the dinos! So.. there has to be a balance of causes.. for both humans, animals and the natural world.. !

As for me.. I have `Gaian Times’ to re-focus on.. A non-profit eco-company & magazine I started legally 5 years ago.. I will carry on working physically, spiritually and eco-magically in all my pagan / witchy rituals with people…to keep putting the energy of protection & peace for all living thing. (In fact, our Hern’s Tribe were out in woods last night doing just that eco-magic for peace & empowerment last night) ūüôā

I also have my own ventures and earnings and life to worry about.. (and one of them is settling down in life..and having Children of my own.. though when finances are secure..I am more likely to adopt.. IfI can save just one of those 25,000 children dying every day in the world.. my life would have been fulfilled..

Best wishes
-Mani Navasothy

http://www.elephantom.co.uk/
https://quantumphoenix.net/
http://www.maninavasothy.com/

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End the Ivory Trade – Peaceful demo at the Chinese Embassy in London- 24Jan2015

CHINA CAN SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION..!!!!

Hi all, here’s an eco-demo that I will be actively participating …on this coming Saturday 24th January’15, outside the Chinese Embassy in London. ¬†(I was there last year also, in my `Elephantom Eco-Hero costume). Do join `Action for Elephants UK’ ¬†and myself and many friends…on this important Demon. Nearest tube station is `Regent’s Park. ¬† ¬†Below you can see facebook event link.. ¬†But just get there and find us..:-) ¬† -Mani

Action for Elephants - Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)
Action for Elephants – Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy, London (photo ~V)

———————– info below taken from FB event page——-

Join us in at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in London to call on China to take urgent steps to help stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.

We call on China to close its ivory-carving factories, to close its ivory retail outlets, and to end its domestic ivory trade. As the world’s leading consumer of ivory (over 70% of illegal ivory makes its way to China, to be carved into trinkets for affluent Chinese), China has the biggest role and responsibility in ensuring the survival of elephants in Africa.

Unless China’s leaders take these urgent steps, we will soon be witnessing the last days on earth of these majestic, supremely intelligent and emotionally sentient creatures, who are being wiped out by poachers at the rate of around 100 EVERY DAY.

If China takes the lead to save them, it will gain the respect and gratitude of people the world over. Also, it would be the single most important move to stop the trans-national criminal networks of poachers and ivory traffickers, and to halt the involvement of terrorist groups which are funded in part by ‚Äėblood ivory‚Äô.

We are pleased to have as speakers at the event Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International and Dr Trevor Jones from Southern Tanzania Elephant Project.

Date: Saturday 25th January 2015

Time:   12.30pm to 2.30pm

venue: Outside Chinese Embassy, London   (Address:  Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL London, United Kingdom)

Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park

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Links

Facebook Event page- Peaceful Demo outside Chinese Embassy 24Jan2015

March for Elephants UK – facebook GROUP

Elephantom- Eco-Hero (cartoon eco-book)

 

Advance Notice/ other Demos:

20th Feb Protest outside Japanese Embassy : Stop killing Taiji Dolphins (blog soon)

7th March Climate Change – National Demonstration, London (blog soon)

13th March Global March for Lions – Ban Can hunting (blog soon)

 

 

TODAY: Peaceful demo outside the Illegal Wildlife Trade Summit – London

Action for Elephants UK and Care for the Wild will be outside the international Illegal Wildlife Trade summit on 13 February to send a message to the attendees that the public want an end to the slaughter of elephants for their ivory. We would like to welcome NGOs and all wildlife groups and concerned people to join us in showing world leaders that we want them to take action to protect elephants and all endangered wildlife. We hope that other groups working for endangered species Рincluding rhinos, lions, tigers, orang-utans, whales, among so many Рwill be joining us at the summit.

On February 12th and 13th London will be hosting a global conference on the illegal wildlife trade. The conference is taking place at the highest level of international leaders to date and will address the catastrophic threat posed by the illegal wildlife trade to the survival of endangered species as well as to international security.

The aim of the conference is to produce an international action plan and the political commitment needed to crack down on the global illegal wildlife trade.

The event is being hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron, with the support of Prince Charles and Prince William, both strong supporters of wildlife conservation. Some 50 heads of state and representatives will be attending, including a senior minister from China (which is responsible for 70% of the world’s consumption of ivory).

Action for Elephants UK and Care for the Wild will have a peaceful public demonstration outside the conference to demand an end to the slaughter of elephants for their tusks. We are calling for nothing less that an outright ban on the ivory trade and for all countries to destroy their ivory stockpiles.

We welcome everyone along on February 13th to join us and help us send a loud and clear message to the world’s leaders to ACT NOW to save elephants and other threatened species and to stop wildlife crime.

http://www.operationcharm.org/london-to-host-international-wildlife-crime-summit/

The summit will be held in Lancaster House, we will be positioned out side Marlborough House, at the end of Cleveland Row.

-Mani Navasothy

link

facebook Group:  March for Elephants (Action for Elephants UK)

facebook page: Eco-Spiritual eMagazine: Gaian Times (not for profit)

 

Gaian Times Video: Speeches at Protest outside Chinese Embassy (Action for Elephants UK)

Here’s a special video.. 22 minutes ..filmed by Gaian Times¬†, showing highlights of what happened at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London…to stop the Ivory Trade.. (Event by Action For Elephants UK).

Maria Mossman, the founder and organizer of this successful organisation and peace protest is the face behind the passion, armed with many hundreds of UK & international supporters!

If You would like to take part and show your support to the wild elephants of Africa, currently killed for their ivory – visit : Action for elephants uk :
http://www.ActionForElephantsUK.org
Join them via their facebook group : March For Elephants UK.

Gaian Times like to acknowledge the following speakers at the event:

Policy Advisor, Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild,
Mary Rice – the Executive Director from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) ,
Will Tavers , OBE- Chief Executive Officer from Born Free &
Philip Mansbridge, Chief Executive Officer of Care for the Wild.

Gaian Times also wishes to give a special thank you to: Elephantom – Eco Hero, for all his infectious enthusiasm, energy and support.

Link

Photos & Report of the Protest 

Kill the ivory trade – not the Elephants! Action for Elephants UK Protests outside Chinese Embassy!!

Can you imagine an outside being coming to hack away human bodies.. ¬†just so that they can carve out human skulls and bones as trophy for their collection…or worse.. ¬†powdered human bones for their tasty meals..or medicines? ¬†(well, this was already imagined and filmed as `The Predator’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)!

Luckily, we don;t have aliens who come to Earth to do this..  But we humans are quite happy to do it to other animals..  Elephants massacred for their tusks, Rhinos killed for their horns.. Tigers for their tooth,  fur and testicles..Whales & Dolphins..and more beasts ..all for our human greed and consumption!

elephantom & many friends outside Chinese Embassy (London)  - photo (c) Vathani Navasothy 2014
elephantom & many friends outside Chinese Embassy (London) – photo (c) Vathani Navasothy 2014

I was feeling tired yesterday, ..and going to be a rather low-key presence at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London..to band ivory trade..  Showing up and adding a body of support was more important, than not showing up because of personal circumstances..

But ¬†I kept thinking about why I am doing it.. ¬†? for me.. for the Kudos..just like some celebrities and politicians do.. ¬†to say they support some eco-campaign..? ¬† Or to really make a difference…and really save the Elephants?

Personal tiredness is one thing..and is often self-inflicted due to the kind of life styles we lead.. ¬† But life or death.. ¬†the situation those Elephants face..are not life-style choices for them..is it? ¬† ¬†They have no power or control over that one.. ¬†An external force (the madness of mankind) takes away that. …and their lives too.. ¬†Because their tooth is somehow `valuable’ ¬† – for medicinal reasons, or just purely as status symbols or art and craft.. ¬†!

So I got off my tired back-side, grabbed the Elephantom mask, and got into London.. ¬†to join fellow decent eco-warriors, campaigners,¬†protestors¬†and carers… ¬†to be outside the Chinese Embassy in London, to send out a physical message…that we do not approve.. ¬†that we want them to get their government to stop the ivory trade in their lands…so that somewhere in other lands (Africa & India) poachers won’t have a reason to kill Elephants.. to supply ivory to the Chinese people..!

My Elephantom (Eco-Hero) mask  had the desired result..  in attracting a bit of entertaining attention from passers by, as well as Media people..  (well, they want something more than slogans, banners and placards to photograph..  Entertainment sells papers!!  So shamelessly some of us exploit that to put our messages across!)

My fellow protesters made sure they stood with their slogans and placards ..right besides me or behind me.. ¬†so those will come in photos too ūüôā

Well, it was a great success..  Already initial search reveals so many big news papers in Uk have covered the event.. (links blow).

And for a first event of a new eco-(elephant) activist group, Acton for Elephants UK have done very well indeed.. Maria Mossman, who pulled us all together and started this deserves a huge hug..(never mind the pat on the back..organising this sort of thing takes a lot of guts..apprehensions, stress..and a hug will go a long way ..than a pat on the back..in soothing all that stress ! ūüôā ¬†

We’ve had incredible support from Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) with Mary Rice Executive Director¬†participating¬†and giving speeches, as did ..Dominic Dyer from `Care for the Wild’, and¬†Will Tavers from Born Free..

Watch video here of all the speeches

Needless to say, we are going to keep up the good work..and the pressure.. ¬†We’ve only just begun!!

Mani Navasothy

(Director/ Chief Editor of `Gaian Times- Eco-spiritual Magazine’)

ps. Special thanks to my sister Vathani  for carrying my bags, taking loads of photos, networking with others..while I paraded half blindingly about..   (hard to see through an Elephant Mask)!

News Report of this event 

The Times  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article3986020.ece

The Evening Standard  http://www.standard.co.uk/panewsfeeds/protesters-demand-ivory-trade-ban-9084774.html

Demotix  http://www.demotix.com/news/3750468/action-elephants-protest-chinese-embassy-london/all-media

The Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/456033/Let-s-stop-this-SAVAGERY-Chinese-embassy-swarmed-with-protesters-to-ban-ivory-trade

http://www.itv.com/news/london/story/2014-01-25/china-ivory-ban-protest-in-london/

The Independent  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/protesters-lock-horns-with-china-over-ivory-as-campaigners-look-into-buyers-9085506.html

The Belfast Telegraph  http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/protesters-call-for-china-ivory-ban-29949705.html

Daily Echo  http://m.dailyecho.co.uk/news/national/10963499.Protesters_demand_ivory_trade_ban

Local Guardian http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/national/news/10963499.Protesters_demand_ivory_trade_ban/

Other links

Elephantom Origins: Birth of an Eco-Hero (eBook on Amazon)

Adventures of Elephantom (website)

Gaian Times Eco-spiritual Magazine