I’m passionate about helping to save threatened plants & animals, and, by supporting Beasts & Blossoms, you’re also supporting conservation efforts around the world.
At least 50% of all profits are donated to nature conservation & environmental protection nonprofits & charities. In some cases, I link donations from the sale of particular prints and jewellery pieces to specific charities (which will always be noted in the item description), but the donations from most sales go into a general pool, and I make donations to one or more of the organisations listed below based on the current campaigns they’re running. I direct the donations to where there’s the most urgent need &/or they’ll have the greatest positive impact at the time.
I strongly believe that nature conservation efforts need to work closely with local communities to ensure outcomes that benefit them as well as the threatened species and habitats they are coexisting with, so I look for organisations that embrace this approach.
I also donate art prints & jewellery to conservation & environmental protection non-profits for use in fund raisers. If you represent a nature conservation or environmental protection non-profit and are interested in a donation, please get in touch.
Australian nonprofits / charities supported:
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF focuses on climate change, habitat & ecosystem protection and sustainability.)
Wilderness Society (The Wilderness Society protects wild places by promoting strong connections with natural environments, targeting high value ecosystems for protection – including the Great Western Woodlands & the Kimberley in WA – and campaigning on large-scale issues like climate change / the extraction of fossil fuels and environmental protection & conservation regulations.)
Conservation Council WA (The CCWA is Western Australia’s peak environmental group, and focuses on the protection and conservation of all nature in the state.)
International nonprofits / charities supported:
Amphibian Ark (Between 1/3 & ½ of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction. For approx. 500 of these species, the threats facing them can’t be resolved quickly enough to prevent extinction in the wild – this means that captive conservation programs are necessary to save these species, and AArk is the organisation responsible for the captive components of the global Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.)
Animals Asia (Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for animals throughout Asia, focuses on ending bear bile farming, cat & dog welfare – including ending the meat trade, and improving the welfare of captive animals.)
Conservation International (CI focuses on a broad range of issues related to biodiversity, natural ecosystems and human well-being, including climate change, growing demand for natural resources, food supply, the health of freshwater systems and water supplies, habitat destruction, ocean health, and wildlife trade & trafficking.)
Fauna & Flora International (I’m a big fan of the way FFI operates – they work in more than 40 countries, and focus on developing strong local partnerships and sustainable, science-based solutions that conserve threatened species and ecosystems while taking human needs into account.)
Rainforest Trust (50% of the world’s plants & animals call rainforests home – Rainforest Trust protects threatened tropical forests and wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the areas that are under threat, purchasing land and empowering local people to help protect through education, training and employment.)
Snow Leopard Trust (SLT is a fantastic organisation that works with local communities in five countries to improve their lives while protecting snow leopards.)
The Nature Conservancy (The Nature Conservancy acts to conserve the lands and waters that all life depend on – I love their quote that “Every day is Earth Day”. One of the projects TNC focuses on in Australia is the Gondwana Link project in south-west WA – the area involved is home to more than 25% of Australia’s known flowering plants, and includes The Great Western Woodlands, which is the largest temperate woodland remaining anywhere in the world!)
TRAFFIC (The illegal wildlife trade is a huge problem globally, particularly given that the species involved are often already threatened with extinction &/or the collection methods used cause considerable damage to the environment; TRAFFIC works to identify solutions to the problems associated with the illegal wildlife trade & encourages sustainability to ensure that the trade in wild plants & animals isn’t yet another threat to their existence. If you have a smart phone & you haven’t downloaded the free Wildlife Witness app, please do (particularly if you do a bit of travelling) – it allows you to easily report wildlife trade by taking a photo, pinning the exact location of an incident and sending these details to TRAFFIC.)
WWF (WWF addresses large-scale global threats and the forces that influence them, focussing on forests, marine systems, freshwater systems, wildlife, food & climate. If you haven’t heard about their One Planet Living initiative, it’s an eye-opener for those of us living in developed countries: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/how_we_work/conservation/one_planet_living/. You can use their footprint calculator to estimate your impact, and download a copy of their One Planet Lifestyle e-book – it contains small steps we can all take to make a big difference).
Other WA conservation organisations:
If you’re in WA (or even if you’re not, but you’d like to help threatened wildlife in WA!), these are a couple of the other local conservation organisations that I support & recommend:
Friends of the Western Ground Parrot (The western ground parrot is one of only five ground-dwelling parrots in the world. Unfortunately it’s also one of the rarest parrots in the world – it’s estimated that there are less than 140 of these beautiful birds left.)
Project Numbat (Numbats live in eucalypt woodlands & feed exclusively on termites, eating up to 20,000 a day! They are gorgeous little animals but are also unfortunately highly threatened. Habitat clearing and introduced predators (cats & foxes) are their biggest threats.)