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Chimpanzee endangered animal painting
Acrylic on canvas, 16x12"
If this painting sells from the ebay listing 50% will go to The World Wildlife Fund to help protect endangered species.
While painting this, and comparing it to how it feels to paint a human portrait, it really struck me how 'human' these animals are. They do, in fact, share an estimated 98% of their genes with us! How can we fail to empathise with such an animal as they are losing their home (habitat) and becoming more and more endangered. In this painting I wanted to portray a feeling of the chimpanzee surveying his family's (and they are sociable animals just like us) home and maybe feeling the threat to its future.
nature2canvas environmental - Endangered rainforest species
Chimpanzees are an endangered species. The World Wildlife fund say that "...Chimpanzees have already disappeared from 4 African countries, and are nearing extinction in many others..." and that the main causes are "... Deforestation and commercial hunting for bushmeat..." The deforestation is "... through logging, mining, farming, and other forms of land development..." and "...is contributing to the decline of primate species throughout tropical Africa." The WWF are working to establish and manage protected areas for chimpanzees, develop chimpanzee-focused ecotourism and stop the illegal killing of chimpanzees. Read more from the WWF
When buying forest products, from building materials and furniture to paper and even toilet tissue, choose those with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo:
They say they "...help protect chimpanzee habitat by encouraging sustainable forestry and limiting illegal logging." If it doesn’t have this label, it may well have come from illegal or controversial sources - and so have harmed forests, wildlife and local communities.
Also look for products with the Rainforest Alliance logo:
The Rainforest Alliance are also working to protect chimpanzees and other endangered animals. They say that "...Agricultural expansion is responsible for 70 percent of global deforestation, and is the single greatest threat to tropical forests. In these biodiversity-rich regions, farms are often responsible for soil erosion, water pollution and wildlife habitat destruction. Rainforest Alliance certification encourages farmers to grow crops and manage ranchlands sustainably. Because our certification system is built on the three pillars of sustainability - environmental protection, social equity and economic viability - and no single pillar can support long-term success on its own, we help farmers improve in all three areas. By choosing Rainforest Alliance Certified agricultural products, you can support farmers and farm workers worldwide who are working to improve their livelihoods and those of their families while protecting the planet."
A huge threat to the rainforest habitat of many endangered species is the use of PALM OIL, which is in about half of all the household products we use, including food, cosmetics and cleaning products. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years. (from www.saynotopalmoil.com)
Palm oil can be listed in the ingredients of products under many different names eg:
Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol
When shopping it is difficult to find affordable palm oil free alternatives. The Independent newspaper reported that: "...It's in the top three loaves - Warburtons, Hovis, and Kingsmill - and the bestselling margarines Flora and Clover. It's in Special K, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Mr Kipling Cakes, McVitie's Digestives and Goodfella's pizza. It's in KitKat, Galaxy, Dairy Milk and Wrigley's chewing gum. It's in Persil washing powder, Comfort fabric softener and Dove soap. It's also in plenty of famous brands that aren't in the top 100, such as Milkybar, Jordan's Country Crisp and Utterly Butterly. And it's almost certainly in thousands of supermarket own brands. Yet none of these manufacturers can prove their supply is "sustainable"."
The ethicalconsumer.org website lists palm oil free products or products which use palm oil from sustainable sources (although some people debate whether you can really have ANY environmentally friendly palm oil).