ABOUT GMFER

GMFER is building a global grassroots movement against extinction that holds world leaders accountable and demands justice for animals and humans alike.

GMFER uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing and protests to advocate against the trade in ivory and rhino horn and amplify the  voices of indigenous African communities in the conversation about conservation.

HOW WE WORK

We believe in justice for animals and humans alike—and that a global, grassroots movement that amplifies the voices of indigenous communities is needed.

Here’s how we get there:

1) End Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn

  • Demand complete ban on all international and domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn.
  • Partner with other organizations and groups working to end the trade.
  • Lobby businesses and world leaders to join the effort.

2) Fight corruption underlying injustice

  • Mobilize protests and online campaigns to raise awareness about corruption underlying injustice.
  • Join forces with other conservation and social justice groups to build massive resistance.
  • Demand transparency.

3) Amplify voices of indigenous communities

  • Support community-based conservation initiatives
  • Partner with existing indigenous conservationists to develop programs that promote conservation awareness to marginalized communities, disenfranchised by existing conservation models.

HISTORY

The idea to march in protest to save elephants started in Kenya, with Kenyans United Against Poaching. A massacre of 11 elephants sparked a grassroots uprising, with a protest march held in Nairobi in January 2013 to urge the government to take stern action. Later that year the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), through its iWorry campaign, organized the International March for Elephants with sponsor cities around the world to raise global awareness about the poaching crisis. March for Elephants (MFE) had formed in the summer of 2013, and the group volunteered to organize the march in San Francisco. The organizers planned to march in protest in front of an ivory store in Chinatown, but DSWT was concerned that doing so would upset China and cause political fallout for the organization in Kenya.

MFE had to make a choice: find a different march route that avoided Chinatown or march through Chinatown under an independent banner. After ongoing conversations with DSWT, MFE decided to break away from the DSWT banner and march through Chinatown, protesting in front of an ivory store. That fiercely independent grassroots energy propelled activists into 2014. Harnessing the passion of those who participated in marches and in recognition of other species that need our help, the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos was born.

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Resources

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The Crisis

Wildlife trade fuels poaching and is pushing elephants, rhinos, lions & ALL endangered species to the brink of extinction.

 

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GMFER uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing and protests to advocate against the trade in ivory and rhino horn and amplify the voices of indigenous African communities in the conversation about conservation.

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