Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Defenders of Wildlife SEPT TEAM EFA CHARiTY

Thank you so much to my fabulous Etsy team, Etsy for Animals, for hosting Charity of the Month and to all our sellers who participate in this program. I nominated Defenders of Wildlife a few months ago & they won September's COTM slot.

Throughout the month of September, brizel4TheAnimals will be donating 20% of Silk Tapestry Box sales to this wonderful organization. Come visit my Etsy shop to peruse through my lovely collection of animal theme keepsakes !

I'm so thrilled about it as I think very highly of Defenders of Wildlife... value their philosophy & mission and most importantly that what they achieve makes a noteworthy and worthwhile historic impact in the realms of animal & wilderness advocacy work.

It all started in the late 1940's with one employee and 1500 members... sixty years later this organization has over 150 professionals working out of 11 field offices on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and there are now approximately 500,000 members !!!

Clearly there is a story of passion & dedication here... This stained glass window* which resides in the lobby of their national headquarters in Washington DC illustrates some of the many species of animals and wildlife that Defenders have worked so hard to protect... amongst them eagle, wolf, seal, owl, bison, polar bear, penguin, woodpecker, cheetah, bear, turtle, frog, birds butterfly, monkey, elephant...

"Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities." They "work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public."

This is impressive & awesome work because to protect the integrity of the whole ecosystem is crucial to understanding that it is not just a question of rescuing animals so that they can live in a designated park or be on display in a zoo... its about honoring the habitat and 'allowing' them the dignity and right to continue to live in 'their' own home territory. It isn't an 'us or them' situation... its about learning to share this land equitably to the benefit of all.

Thankfully, Defenders of Wildlife Success Stories are abundant (click HERE to read about the most recent ones and to sign up for their Action Alerts) and whilst their work will never be easy... as quoted from DOW's 2009 Annual Report: "On Inauguration Day 2009, the world truly changed. For Defenders of Wildlife, the swearing in of President Barack Obama shifted both the realm of possibilities and our strategic outlook. For eight years we'd fought off near constant attacks on the environment. With our new president and a more favorable Congress, we could once again focus on achieving positive outcomes for wildlife."

DOW is an award winning organization that has been recognized as one of America's Top 100 Charities not only by Reader's Digest but also Worth Magazine, and is the recipient of the Natural Resources Council of America's award for Most Effective Action on Federal Policy. Click HERE to read more about these awards.

Defenders of Wildlife's Top 4 Campaigns at the moment focus around the gulf oil disaster, wolves, climate change and renewable energy. Here are the corresponding DOW Take Action petitions... please consider looking at them in view of placing your signature & sending them on to Congress.

One person can make all the difference in the world !
Won't you be that person ?

I'm a Defender of Wildlife - Are You? -

Click on the link above to visit DOW's website !
You can also peruse through their blog HERE

Footnote: DOW logo reproduced with written permission; *Stained glass window was created by Bixler-Smith Studios and photographed by Peter Corcoran, Defenders of Wildlife.

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