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Save lives of Elephants & Humans

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To save lives, both human and elephants, school children and villagers living near elephants on coffee plantations in India need to see "Elephants in the Coffee" in their local language.  Help us TRANSLATE AND BRING IT TO THEM. We need your support to take the award winning documentary "Elephants in the Coffee" to the local villages and schools and community centers in southern India (Karnataka). 

Coffee Plantations are endangering Elephants
In India, there is a crisis of existence for both elephants and humans. While you sip your morning piping hot coffee, think for a moment, where, elephants are losing their freedom and farmers are risking their lives to bring you a cup of coffee. The global demand for coffee is on the rise and so are the casualties, increasing by the day on both sides.  The land of elephants in Southern India is shrinking and people's understanding of reverance and respect is depleting. There is a huge urgency to educate the younger generation and the communities of farmers on the impact of farming, respect for the land and keeping a healthy distance from the elephants. This award-winning documentary filmed around the coffee estates has gained global acclaim and has been screened worldwide in English. 

We are Teaching RESPECT and understanding for Elephants
However,  the local people really need to see "Elephants in the Coffee", to gain a deeper understanding and a healthier respect towards elephants and elephant keepers. The Younger generation near the coffee plantations have lost many of their loved ones in the ongoing conflict and they are losing their resepect for the elephants. They consider the elephants a menance. The documentary is an education and it gives a wholistic understanding of the precipitous problem and how the local families and farmers have a role in mitigating the problem and reducing the conflict.

Donate 5 cups of Coffee money to Save the Elephants
Our daily dose of coffee can only taste better, if we can find a suitable way to make elephants safe and the farmers feel sustainable way of life.

We are looking to raise the funds in 6 weeks. It is urgent to take the film to the rural areas where the conflict between humans and elephants is increasing, resulting in unnecessary death.  Education will go far in helping reduce conflicts and promoting understanding on how to co-exist. 

Work will be done by the Clic-Abroad Foundation , a 501c3, and will be under the supervision of BhaskarDK and Dr. Tom Grant

What we will do with the funding
a. We will translate the documentary in local language
b. Re-edit parts of the documentary with closed captioning for the local communities understanding
c. Share a free film screening in every school (public and private) in the region
d. showcase it to the coffee farmers, who are all independent farmers with less than 10 acres or less but constantly in the line of conflict
e. help to create an educational workshop with the help of local educationists, agricultural specialists and environmental researchers
f. conduct arts and theater workshop for the children to gain confidence and appreciate the importance and role of elephants around the region. This is urgently required based on our earlier experience and has helped in bringing the lessons on how to co-exist home in many ways.

Here are some of the media clips and awards for the documentary:
Awards
Best Documentary- DC South Asian Film Festival, Sept 2017
Best Documentary- Black Cat Picture Show, Aug 2017
Best Documentary- Doc Sunback Film Festival, June 2017

Preview the Documentary HERE :
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elephants, humans, education, conflict, animal welfare, agriculture,
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The documentary has stressed on the need of the hour for future of conservation - It is not just about protecting species or the landscape, but to look for solutions to bring about peaceful co-existence. As the landscape shrink, it becomes more challenging to focus only on the protection of the species, which is going to be a failed conservation efforts in the days ahead.

Here is an interesting article written by @RichardConniff in the Yale Environment 360 highlights how the environmentalists are continuously looking for new way of conservation to make room for the expansive wildlife habitats outside the boundaries of the park. Landscapes have shrunk and they continue to shrink as the population and consumption for the already expansive population growth, more so in Asian continent.

One of the process of finding solution is also to create a large awareness on the impending situations, the conflict scenarios, a backdrop to how it is happening through innovative outreach and involvement with the local people. Elephants in the Coffee is talking about the same problem through great storytelling to highlight the problem as well as engage the audience. We wish to share this in the local language and we need your support.

Please take a minute, visit the website - www.elephantsinthecoffee.com and let us know how you can participate, engage, help us come together and take this forward to the communities, schools and farmers. We need your help and we count on your support.
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Empathy or apathy?

Both exist in equal measures, but I would still take empathy is inbuilt to the human genes as much as to the animals too. As social media splurges more to wider demographics, so are the information on cruelty towards every possible animal, be it pandas, mongoose, cranes, hornbill, monkey, sloth bear and so on. Be it large or small, wild or semi-wild, our approach to animals have changed and one such of course is also to the elephants. Once considered the god in Hindu culture, they are increasingly being treated as a menace. Their natural corridors are shrinking, their population is getting stable (at least in parts of their large habitation) there by their natural boundaries are getting pushed, agricultural lands are expanding; all of which driven by local as well as international connections. The award winning film talks in great balance about environmental, conservation, economic as well as cultural issues surrounding the human-elephant conflict.

How is this related to this video that has been surrounding the rounds of conventional and social media? In the context of the human elephant conflict, when the elephant is projected as a trouble, in a well planned but lengthy procedure forest department capture few elephants from the herd and puts them in captivity. Often it is the young sub-adult elephants that get caught up in this scenario as they simply follow the larger herd and the adult elephants.

In this heart warming video, which is not necessarily the case of conflict, but wandering elephants in a sudden rush to move away from the elephant habitation when they were chased away, left behind a young calf, probably a year old. In the mele of elephant herd escaping, this young calf was isolated but quickly was identified by the forest department folks. A quick thinking forest guards managed to push the calf out of its isolation. It may be a young calf, but it is a wild one!!
Watch here to understand the scenario...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUCy95OUc_U

The courage, empathy and concern of the forest guards in the situation to push the calf back to the herd is remarkable. The strength the young forest guard drew within himself to carry a 100 kg elephant calf on his shoulders, braving his own life to move into the bushes is nothing short of a robinhood adventure.

In this BBC report, as it narrates, he has been inundated with messages and congratulations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42504492?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

Yes, we need to understand the event and the context more deeply and salute the hero for his bravery and intuition to care for the elephant calf and not be left behind a herd as quickly as they can.

Elephants are occasionally known to abandon the calves and that means one more elephant will end up in captivity, an orphan with no future to look forward to. Such is the fate of many elephants captured in the conflict that they end up doing nothing but tethered to the trees for life. Who wants a life in captivity? Man doesn't want it! So are the wild elephants too.

Let us make every attempt to leave the wild animals as wild as they could be. It certainly requires policies, programs and of course, empathy that translates to action everyday. Elephants in the Coffee is tirelessly educating and empowering children and communities to develop a balanced approach to co-existence and appreciate their surroundings with respect, care and responsibility.

We need your support. We need to take this to the rural schools, farmers and beyond. Please consider a small donation to reach our goals and help us play an important role for the future of conservation every possible way.

Please visit the website - www.elephantsinthecoffee.com and you can watch the trailer and the movie. You can click on donate button and give us your generous support. We need to create more heroes for today, tomorrow and everyday forward.
Carrying an elephant calf on the shoulde
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A forest department official who rushed a baby elephant to its mother by carrying it on his shoulders is the new star on social media. It’s usual for man to ride an elephant, but it’s unheard of the other way. The photo of the forest official carrying the elephant calf immediately caught eyeballs and went viral on social media. The one-month-old calf got stuck in mud after it fell into a canal at Nellimala at Ooty’s Mettupalayam range in southern India. Officials from the Mettupalayam forest extricated the calf by toiling hard, but unknowingly separated it from its mother which was waiting nearby. The photo was of their efforts to reunite the baby with its mother. The road from the Vanabhadra Kaliamman temple in Mettupalayam to Thekkampatti has reserve forests on one side and the Bhavani River on the other.

It all started on Tuesday. A local man on a tractor found a cow elephant stayed put on the road. The driver raced the sound of the tractor expecting the animal to move away, but it instead tried to attack the tractor. Forest officials who reached the spot chased the elephant and its herd back to the forest by bursting crackers. That was when they heard the cries of the baby elephant trapped in the canal and realized that the elephant on the road was its mother waiting for her calf. The forest department team rescued the calf and immediately took it to the herd with one of the officials carrying it on his shoulders. The elephant herd was in the Nellithurai area. But the calf returned to the officials every time they tried to push it towards the group. They waited for two days, feeding the calf Lactogen, glucose and coconut water in between. Finally, the mother approached its calf on Thursday evening.

The forest department team returned satisfied as the elephant took the calf back to the herd.
Humans and elephants have empathy!
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"Losing shelter, livelihood and often life when an elephant walks into your home in the middle of the night! "

How dangerous it is to be at the mercy of elephant when they walk quietly into your home crossing over many kilometers from their natural habitat? Here is a glimpse of this family losing their home, food in the kitchen and trampling around their little cultivated land.

In April 2014, walking in the middle of the night, crossing over from the other side of the hill, elephants came marching trampling everything under their feet, breaking apart fences, feeding on whatever was available around fresh, tender and tasty...Giant foot prints they may be, but give no warning and create no sound, catching the family off guard. Came, every step leading to the smell of rice / other vegetables/fruits etc. in the mud plastered loosely constructed home of the humble farmer, living over 10 kilometers away from the buffer area of the park. Young family of 4 children living in the adjacent room had little chances to escape! In the middle of the night, in pitch darkness, with no electricity but kerosene lamp, they didn't have a chance to outpace the mighty strides of an adult elephant. Presence of mind and a bit of good luck, family survives to the destruction of the elephants mother braving the situation and carrying her young child to the top of the temporary tree house.

Elephants didn't have mercy either! They did what they wanted to, leaving the family in tatters and enormous destruction. Losing almost everything that was in their home, the small farmer is trying to rebuild himself, mother caring for 4 children while earning additional money through many other chores.

How would one react to such situations? Let's put ourselves in those situations with young family and how would it be to face up to the wrath of mighty elephants?
Family looking at destruction
Demolished house
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