Help Where You Can

I am so sick of this. So sick of hearing on the news, all over the internet, how because of the government shutdown that has gone on for far too long, our precious National Parks are suffering tremendously. Seeing the photos spreading around online that show trees behind chopped down in Joshua Tree National Park, rocks being used as canvases for graffiti, laws being disobeyed, all because there aren’t enough rangers there to help prevent it.

Sadly enough, the destruction doesn’t stop at the borders of the National Parks in the USA. No, we as a society seem to want to take it further. We have decided that we must continue our reign of destruction across the world. We mercilessly chop down rainforests until there is nothing left. Trees are cut to pieces in developing countries for no other reason than greed. Greed shown through oil fields, through building more houses and developments that are rarely needed. The ice caps are melting at rapid rates. Greenland, Antarctica, the north and south in general are changing at paces we cannot fathom.

Those cute animals we love to watch videos of are dying. Animals are forced to adapt quickly or die slowly. Polar bears are starving, unable to find food to feed themselves, unable to get to it. Giraffes are quickly nearing extinction, along with hundreds of other species. Every day we seem to destroy more, take more for granted. With each passing day, the world is dying, taking with it the animals we love so dearly along with us as well. If we don’t do something soon, we too will near extinction.

I don’t get where the joy of destruction comes from. I don’t understand why people feel the need to do this to our world. This is the only world we have for the foreseeable future – why the hell are we destroying it, treating it as if it is disposable? As if everything we do wrong will suddenly disappear, vanish into thin air as if nothing happened, with the snap of our fingers. We aren’t Thanos – we can’t just snap our fingers and make all – or even only half – our problems disappear. There’s no magic reversal spell to stop the destruction we continue to cause. Hell, there’s no way to undo most the damage we have already caused.

But we can still try. We can still help to stop this destruction. Maybe we can’t reverse all the damage we have done. For hundreds of years we have been doing the same thing, walking on the same path. Now, however, we seemed to have begun running on that path, speeding it all up. Mother nature has been pleading with us, begging us to stop what we do so well: destroy. It wasn’t until now that we have truly begun listening to her.

Personally, I am sick of sitting around while all this is happening. Tired of seeing the pictures online of all the destruction. Sitting on my couch, scrolling through social media – it doesn’t fix a thing.

I’ve decided that 2019 is going to be the year I change. 2019 will be the year I begin working with organizations to make a change. This year will be the year I use my voice – as little as it is – to make as much a difference as possible. To spread the word to others, to show that something has got to give.

I recently partnered with Give Back to Nature, whose current goal is to plant one million trees in developing nations to fight back against deforestation. This group – founded by nature photographer Patrick Di Fruscia – immediately caught my attention and was quick to work with me to figure out a way for me to help. With that being said, the following has been agreed upon:

  • for every 16x20 print sold, 100 trees will be planted
  • for every 32x40 print sold, 200 trees will be planted

Not only are you helping the world become a better, more sustainable place for future generations, but you are also receiving a piece of fine art that can bring joy and emotion to your home and all who visit. To take part and purchase a print of mine, click here.

If you really aren’t a fan of my work, or simply do not have the space or funds at the moment, there are still things you can do.

For one, you can donate directly to Give Back to Nature by following this link:

Or you can follow this link here and donate to World Wildlife Fund, who has been around for over half a decade now.

And if you really don’t want to donate – or can’t, for one reason or another – you can simply share this on your social media pages. It’s as simple as a single click, and it does no harm.

For as little as $10, you can help to make a massive difference in the world.

Please, I am asking you this one simple thing today. We need to help where and when we can.