When we think of a good day, it usually includes seeing the ones we love, accomplishing a goal we’ve been striving for, or perhaps experiencing something incredible. For wildlife, a good day has a very different meaning. A good day for them is one where they see the dawn of a new day. And because of us, that’s becoming harder to achieve.
Wildlife is facing its most difficult hour. The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. Species from every trophic level are at risk, from a fluffy little bumblebee to the largest animal on the planet, the blue whale.
Humans are the reason. We have caused devastating damage to the planet, destroying habitats, hunting unsustainably, and capturing animals for our own amusement. As our populations grow at an exponential rate we are causing other species to trend downwards.
In 2018, trophy hunters shot 35,000 animals from more than 150 threatened species in only 77 countries. That comes to around 100 protected animals lost every day for the sake of ego. 30,000 green sea turtles are lost to poachers every year in Baja, California alone. But that’s not even their greatest threat. Hundreds of thousands are lost to bycatch, caught up in nets meant for fish. Wildlife needs our help. We have to change our practices and change the way we connect with nature. We must think more sustainably and kindly, understanding the delicate networks that hold the planet together. Every single animal deserves to live without the fear of poachers or being stolen as a pet. Every single animal deserves to have a home, and even better, a home free from pollution.
And we’ve proven that we can make a difference. Mountain gorillas, the most endangered of all great apes, are now the only species with an increasing population. China, the biggest market for wildlife products, has begun to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Natural habitat regeneration is being undertaken in Mexico to provide critical habitat for Monarch butterflies. Living in our urban jungles we have separated ourselves from the wild world. But we’ve turned away for long enough.
It’s time to face the facts. It’s time to act for all wildlife. It’s time to stop looking away.
Don’t look away.
ABOUT GILLIE AND MARC
Gillie and Marc’s highly coveted public artworks can be found worldwide including in New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, and Sydney. They are Archibald Prize finalists, won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, took out the Allens People’s Choice Award in 2016 and 2018 and Kids’ Choice Award in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea and received the Bayside Arts Festival People's Choice Award in 2019 in Sydney.
The husband-and-wife duo are on a mission to make art for a better tomorrow. They are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together as best friends and soul mates.
Gillie and Marc are also passionate eco-warriors and have dedicated their lives to protecting nature.
Gillie grew up with the wildlife in Zambia and Marc studied chimpanzees in Tanzania as a young man. Over time, the artists developed a deep appreciation for all living things and a desire to preserve the magnificence of the natural world.
Through their art, Gillie and Marc aim to transform passive audiences into passionate advocates for animal conservation. Their mission is to use their work as a platform to continue spreading awareness about endangerment, which will ultimately lead to change and save species from extinction.
Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support through their project Love The Last.
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