One new message from Leonardo DiCaprio my inbox said. “What does he want?” I wondered aloud as if it was an everyday occurrence, quickly followed with “Oh My God, Leo's contacting me! Finally!” For a moment I got lost in the fantasy, instead of asking myself rationally: Why? How?
trepidation, I hovered the cursor over his name and clicked to open
it. A photo of Leo jumped up in the top right hand corner. On the
left side, the message begun: 'Dear
I let out a puff of disappointment, so it wasn't personal after all.
In a stern voice, I reprimanded myself, “Get a grip, why would it
be? Come back to reality!” I let my mind linger a bit in movie
flashbacks of Romeo & Juliet, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can,
Revolutionary Road, and The Aviator, which reminded me how much I
can't wait to see him in The Great Gatsby. Well, if Leo's involved,
it must be important I thought...
message continued: 'Across
Africa, elephants are being slaughtered by poachers in record numbers
- and their tusks hacked off with chainsaws - to make luxury items,
statues and trinkets in Asia. But in days, Thailand will host a key
global summit on illegal trade in endangered species, giving us a
rare chance to stop this futile massacre.'
teamed up with Avaaz, (it means 'Voice' in several languages), an
organisation I befriended after my Aunt forwarded a link to me.
Globally, they mobilise instant campaigns through community
petitioning: asking people to sign an online register. A small action
that only takes a minute, but makes a real difference worldwide. The
first time I signed, it was a petition to save bees, as I believe
every part of nature has a vital role and sometimes you have to act
to protect it. But this time, I signed not because of Leo, but
because I'm appalled by this trade. I'm nauseated by this
premeditation, by the intention to harm. I cannot bear the thought of
elephants being poached for their ivory. It's a waste of a
magnificent beast that is both great-hearted and playful. An elephant
in mourning is touching and dreadful. They do not forget; they're
very respectful. Herds consist of a matriarch (the oldest female),
daughters, aunties, and their calves, and are a demonstration of girl
power. A protective matriarchal line, a tight bond strengthened by
sisterhood. The males tend to lead a more solitary life.
deep family attachment perhaps explains why so many people are drawn
to them; their emotions are human-like: they display grief, anger and
joy. Orphaned calves love to play a game of 5-a-side, ears flapping
like Dumbo as they dribble the ball, or squealing when they
inadvertently trunk-ball. Elephants have a long memory and, like a
child, engaging in play is a sign of recovery. But the cause of this
pain is inhumane and destructive. The illegal ivory trade has to be
of March, The Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, pledged to
end the ivory trade after nearly 1.4 million supporters joined in the
campaign, but is this enough? It's a vocal promise that needs real
action behind it. We need people power to keep the pressure up to
save elephants and their tusks!